Hard Hill Tourist Reserve
The Loddon Valley was once Australia’s most famous eucalyptus oil region. The long-cooled distillery chimneys are still dotted throughout the bush, but you can learn all about this lost trade at the H...Read More
Only five per cent of the world’s eucalyptus oil actually comes from Australia. But in the towns of the Loddon Valley, it’s 100 per cent local. The purest, most potent oil comes from the blue mallee gum, which grows naturally abundant in the harsh goldmining ground around Central Victoria.
The time-honoured practice of eucy distilling began in the region in the mid-1800s and is still a daily occurrence around Inglewood and Wedderburn. In the quintessential goldfields village of Inglewood, eucy oil products are sold alongside antiques and bric-a-brac in the vintage stores. At the end of the main street an iconic distillery chimney heralds the Inglewood Eucy Museum, which is staffed by volunteers Thursday to Sunday to share the story of one of Australia’s most famous oil-producing regions. Or perhaps view the working eucalyptus stew pot at Wedderburn’s Hard Hill Tourist Reserve. From Monday to Friday catch a demonstration by a passionate local fostering the historic lost trade of oil distillery at this beautiful heritage site in the bush.
Take home a souvenir to rival any other. A bottle of eucalyptus oil has proven health and cleaning properties and you won’t find better than the bottle you buy in the Loddon Valley.