Shadbolts Picnic Area


Shadbolts Picnic Area

Greater Bendigo National Park

Womin-Dji-Ka (Welcome)

Greater Bendigo National Park is one of six jointly managed parks in Central West Victoria 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.

A popular family day trip from Melbourne, Shadbolt Picnic Area is perfect for exploring a little of the Greater Bendigo National Park. Set up at the tables or pick a grassy patch near the dam and enjoy a picnic on sunny days. Parking and toilets are nearby, but remember to bring your own water.

Bring good walking shoes, if you plan on getting a bit deeper into nature. The Flagstaff Hill Loop Walk (1.1km) is easy to follow and suitable for all ages. Take in the scenery of vibrant wildflowers, Box-Ironbark and mallee bushland, historic remnants of the 1850s gold rush and a panoramic lookout view.

Visitors who want to explore more of the local mining history can take the 5.3km (2 hour) Old Tom Mine Walk, and even try fossicking and prospecting for gold themselves. Learn more on the Fossicking and Prospecting page.

As well as being a historic gold rush landscape, this was also the site of the first eucalyptus distillery in the area, owned by Jack Shadbolt, which supplied eucalyptus oil to the Red Cross in World War One. A few non-native plants at the start of the Flagstaff Hill track are all that remains of the Shadbolt’s family garden.

If you would like to stay a little longer, the nearby Notley Campground offers a wide, grassy campsite area with parking and amenities.

Things To Do

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.
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.
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.
A boy crouches at the waters panning for gold in a river.

Fossicking and prospecting

Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in Victoria. Try your luck at fossicking and prospecting and find out what's required before you start sifting for gold.

How to get there

Shadbolts Picnic Area

Access is via the unsealed Neilborough Road. The road and parking area are suitable for caravans and campervans and small buses.

Need to know

Shadbolts Picnic Area

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