From gold rush heritage to hard to find vintage wares, the Loddon Valley has plenty to offer those seeking a dose of nostalgia. Learn the lost art of eucalyptus distilling and step back in time in a general store cum museum. This full day itinerary is accessible and perfect for visitors of all abilities. The Loddon Valley is about a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne so perhaps spend the night and get to know the friendly locals.
Day : Wedderburn & Inglewood
Coming from Melbourne, jump on the Calder Highway and follow the signs towards Mildura and in two and a half hours you'll find yourself in the historic town of Wedderburn. While a trickle of modern day gold-seekers make this journey each year, it was more like a torrent during the gold rush of the 1850s and this rich history can be unearthed as you explore Wedderburn while just down the road peruse the offerings in Inglewood where a collection of stores feature collectables from across the decades.
Stop : Wedderburn Coach House & General Store51 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
Grab a bite to eat at 24 Karat Cafe in Wedderburn and enjoy friendly service as well as delicious food and coffee. Keep an eye out for the local cartoons an see if you can spot the colourful locals th...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 : Fusspots Antiques & Collectables39 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
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