Greater Bendigo National Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

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Greater Bendigo National Park

Womin-Dji-Ka (Welcome)

Greater Bendigo National Park is one of six Aboriginal Title parks in Central West Victoria, jointly managed by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board who oversee implementation of the Joint Management Plan 2018 - see relevant strategy and resources documents.

Greater Bendigo National Park is part of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. The Dja Dja Wurrung People’s rights were recognised through a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria in March 2013. The Dja Dja Wurrung People maintain a close and continuing connection to Djandak, their traditional Country.

Djandak is a cultural landscape that includes both tangible objects such as scarred trees, mounds, wells and stone artefact scatters; and intangible stories. Djandak is a living entity, which holds stories of creation and histories that cannot be erased. Parks Victoria pays our respects to Dja Dja Wurrung Elders, past, present, and future, and asks visitors to do the same. Aboriginal artefacts are protected by law, and it is prohibited to disturb them in any way.

Greater Bendigo National Park, along with Kara Kara National Park, Hepburn Regional Park, Kooyoora State Park, Paddy’s Ranges State Park and Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve, is jointly managed by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria.

The park protects an area of high-quality Box-Ironbark forest, as well as broombush mallee, grassy woodlands and Kamarooka mallee. The park comes alive with native wildflowers in Spring, and is home to an array of wildlife including Swift Parrots and other bushland birds.

Notley Campground is a popular base for exploring the loop tracks and longer bushland trails through the forest, and the One Tree Hill Lookout offers a spectacular sunset view.

Visitors can discover Victoria’s gold rush history along the Old Tom Mine Walk and even try their luck at fossicking. Learn more about fossicking and prospecting.

Things To Do

 
Shadbolts Picnic Area at Greater Bendigo National Park

Shadbolts Picnic Area

A pleasant picnic area with parking and amenities, set within a native forest of mature trees. Stay awhile and watch for birds and wildlife, take a scenic walk to Flagstaff Hill for a view or explore the Old Tom Mine Walk for some gold rush history and fossicking.
Notley Picnic Ground in the Greater Bendigo National Park

Notley Campground and Picnic Area

A grassy campground surrounded by Box-Ironbark and mallee, Notley is a great spot for semi-bush camping among the wildlife. Amenities include toilets, a fireplace and a large picnic shelter with tables. Take the Old Tom Mine Track nearby, explore the native bushland and even try fossicking for gold.
The spectacular view from One Tree Hill at Greater Bendigo National Park

One Tree Hill Lookout and Picnic Area

Perfect for picnics, birdwatching and exploring along the bushland trails popular with walkers, cyclists and trail runners. Climb the lookout tower for sweeping views over the forest and Bendigo.

Flagstaff Hill Loop Walk

An easy walk from the Shadbolt Day Visitor Area gives visitors a small taste of the natural environment of the Whipstick Block of the Greater Bendigo National Park. Pass by remnants of the 1800s gold mining and enjoy panoramic views over the Mallee landscape.
A man walks back along the path from Old Tom Mine in the Greater Bendigo National Park.

Old Tom Mine Walk

Take a walk through history. Starting from either the Shadbolts Day Visitor area or Notley Camping area, this loop walk takes you through Box-Ironbark Forest to reach the Old Tom mine site, where you can see the original reef mine, ‘puddler’ and water race; all that remains from those exciting Gold Rush days.

The park is well known for Box-Ironbark, wildflowers, broombush mallee, grassy woodlands and Kamarooka mallee.

Keep an eye out for Swift Parrots and other bushland birds, as well as:

Echidnas
Kangaroos
Wallabies

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Greater Bendigo National Park

The Greater Bendigo National Park is approximately 188km north of Melbourne. There are several different access routes to the park leading from the Loddon Valley Highway, Midland Highway and the Calder Freeway.

When to go

Need to know

Greater Bendigo National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

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