The Loddon Valley is known as Victoria’s backyard for good reason. It offers a rare chance to close the door on everyday stresses and reconnect with nature. There’s no expensive attractions, no flashy resorts, just the sublime beauty of the great outdoors.

Fish for redfin in the Loddon River, launch your tinny or ski boat at Bridgewater on Loddon, take a running leap into the town’s waterhole and paddle the pretty Serpentine Creek. Walk to the top of Mount Kooyoora to see Indigenous rock wells and stunning views across the valley. It’s also a much-loved spot among rock climbers.

Go gold detecting in the box-ironbark forests. Some of the country’s biggest nuggets were found around here and the hunt for riches continues. Who knows, you might start your own gold rush on Victoria’s gold fields.

In spring the valley puts on a stellar show of wildflowers. It’s the perfect time for bushwalking. And the clear country sky above is a drawcard in all seasons. Set up camp and enjoy the nightly spectacle of starlight, shining bright.