Experience the abundant natural beauty, vibrant arts and extraordinary gold-rush history of the Loddon Valley in this inclusive all-abilities itinerary.
Spend two days exploring this diverse and stimulating slice of regional Victoria with confidence, knowing that all experiences and businesses are accessible for all.
Designed as a return trip out of Melbourne, with an overnight stay in an accessible room in Wedderburn, every effort has been made to ensure that this suggested itinerary is suitable for visitors of all abilities.
Day : Northern Loddon Valley
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and escape to the beautiful Loddon Valley.
A little over two hours up the Calder Highway you'll catch your first glimpse of the Loddon River, the lifeblood of this leafy region. Today you'll follow the river from the village of Bridgewater on Loddon through stunning countryside to the oasis of the Boort Lakes.
Here you'll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of offerings, from sculpture gardens to delicious local produce. Later, a well deserved rest awaits in the historic gold-rush town of Wedderbun.
Stop : Bridgewater Bakehouse6 Main St, Bridgewater on Loddon VIC 3516
A stop in Bridgewater on Loddon isn't complete without picking up some lunch at the Bridgewater Bakehouse and tucking in down by the Loddon River. Tasty pies, fresh sandwiches and award winning vanilla slices are only a few of the choices on offer. ..Read more
Stop : Loddon River10-12 Brougham St, Bridgewater on Loddon VIC 3516
Relax by the Loddon River and perhaps take a swim in a natural infinity pool at Bridgewater. A trail along the river and platform provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nature, drop in a fishing line or simply take in the serenity...Read more
Stop : Spannerman Sculpture Garden1314 Boort-Quambatook Rd, Barraport VIC 3537
Just to the north of Boort in Barraport on the Boort-Quambatook Rd you'll find an industrial sculpture garden to rival any found elsewhere in the world. What started as a hobby has become a passion for artist John Piccoli, who has used countless spanners to create lifesized artworks depicting everything from marlin to draft horses, shearers to bulls...Read more
Stop : Simply Tomatoes and Aussie Quilts479 Parkers Rd, Yando VIC 3537
A little to the east of the Star Spanner Garden you'll come across another local crafting world class creations, the difference is these are award winning works of culinary art. The husband and wife team at Simply Tomatoes make a range of yummy products exclusively from green picked tomatoes. Drop by to taste these treats, you can even enjoy a longer stop as there is an RV and caravan friendly campground on site...Read more
Stop : Little Lake Boort BoardwalkLittle Lake Boort, Boort VIC 3537
The trail around Little Lake Boort is a flat 3.7km path that passes beautiful nature and intriguing artwork thanks to a local sculpture competition. Explore the whole trail or chose a section to spend some time but make sure you stop by and take a look at the lakes while in Boort...Read more
Stop : Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel & Wedderburn Hotel43-49 High St, Wedderburn VIC 3518
The Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel is the perfect place to spend the night, right in the centre of town. Across the road you'll find the Wedderburn Hotel, an authentic country pub offering great meals, cold beer and friendly service...Read more
Day : Wedderburn & Inglewood
After a well earned rest enjoy breakfast at your hotel before exploring the historic gold-rush town of Wedderburn. The Wedderburn Coach House Museum & Gallery is a great place to capture a glimpse of times gone by thanks to the general store, which appears to have closed its doors a century ago.
After lunch take the short drive to the treasure-trove of Inglewood to discover a fascinating Eucalyptus Oil distillery and historic streets filled with antiques and collectables.
Stop : Wedderburn20-28 Chapel St, Wedderburn VIC 3518
Wedderburn has plenty to offer visitors looking for somewhere to stopover. In addition, the visitor information centre is accessible via a ramp and self-opening wide automatic doors. It contains an accessible toilet facility. The Wedderburn information centre has a Trailrider all-terrain wheelchair for loan periods of up to three days. ..Read more
Stop : Wedderburn Coach House Museum51 High St, Wedderburn VIC 3518
The Coach House & General Store Museum dating back to the 1850s contains an early record of Wedderburn and the local district. The General Store closed in the late 1960s and has been preserved, it contains products from that era. There are cellars underneath and a coach house which has a Blacksmith forge, many carriages and equipment that were established for the Museum. The Museum is now linked to the Wedderburn Historical Society with access to archival records of Korong Shire (now Loddon) including original settlers and businesses and general information of the area...Read more
Stop : 24 Karat Cafe76 High St Wedderburn, Victoria 3518, Australia
After exploring Wedderburn this morning grab a bite to eat at the 24 Karat Cafe before continuing your adventure through the Loddon Valley. Quality coffees, fresh sandwiches, delicious burgers are jus...Read more
Stop : Inglewood Blue Eucy Museum20 Grant St N, Inglewood VIC 3517
This historic eucalyptus distillery is heritage listed, and the Jones family distilled oil for here around a century. The old machinery is still here for you to experience, and you can see the changes that occurred from the old days of cutting leaves by hand to the early versions of the modern automated processing. There is a wide range of natural oil, and oil-based cleaning and health products for sale, some you won’t find in a supermarket, along with local crafts and products...Read more
Stop : Inglewood township64 Brooke St, Inglewood VIC 3517
The first thing you’ll fall in love with in Inglewood is the gold era streetscape as you drive up the main drag. Getting out of your car to explore, you’ll quickly find plenty more to capture your heart in this friendly highway town...Read more
Stop : Fusspots Inglewood39 Brooke Street, Inglewood VIC 3517
Whether it is antique furniture, vintage homewares and kitchenalia, a vintage book, a piece of pottery or chinaware, records, books or a special tin you’re after, there is a chance you'll find it at Fusspots...Read more