Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

This national park protects some of Victoria's last stands of Box-Ironbark forest in a patchwork of protected areas around the town. This is also one of the last Victorian refuges for the endangered Regent's Honeyeater, along with more than 200 other bird species. The Chiltern Visitor Centre has maps, a park information sheet, and a brochure entitled Bird Trails of Chiltern. Also in the park is the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site with a 40-minute trail taking in Indigenous rock art.

To immerse yourself in the Ironbarks, consider the 8.5km Whitebox Walking Track, which completes a circuit in the area of the park south of Chiltern; ask at the visitor centre for directions.

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1. Star Hotel Museum & Theatre

1.92 MILES

Once used for plays and dances, this historical theatre was the centrepiece of Chiltern’s social and cultural life. Its museum is rarely open these days …

2. Chiltern Athenaeum

1.93 MILES

Housed in the former historic town hall and library (1866) is this fantastic museum loaded with fascinating exhibits of yesteryear and local stories…

3. Dow’s Pharmacy

1.95 MILES

A chemist from 1859 to 1968, Dow’s Pharmacy is perfectly preserved and displays lotions and potions from the early days. It's looked after by the National…

4. Federal Standard Printing Works

1.99 MILES

Only open one day a month, this National Trust–run museum displays still-operational century-old printing-press machines dating from the gold-rush-era…

5. Lake View House

2.16 MILES

This was the home of local author Ethel Florence Richardson (better known by her pen name Henry Handel Richardson), who wrote about life here in the book…

6. Morris

6.44 MILES

Established in 1859, Morris is the oldest winery in Rutherglen. While no longer owned by the original family, its fifth-generation winemaker (David Morris…

7. Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site

9.06 MILES

Located within the heart of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park – around 20km north of Beechworth – this 40-minute trail traverses a rocky and scrubby…

8. Big Wine Bottle

9.27 MILES

In line with Australia's fine tradition of kitschy oversized monuments (the Big Prawn, Big Pineapple, Big Koala etc), Rutherglen has the Big Wine Bottle…