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Chewton was once the thriving heart of the Forest Creek diggings and is now a picturesque area surrounded by bushland and the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park; Australia's first heritage park.

One of the most extraordinary gold heritage landmarks in the region is nearby and within the heritage park -the remains of the Garfield Water Wheel are a lasting monument to the enormity of the gold rush.

The town retains a number of historic buildings on Main St (Pyrenees Highway). Visitors can also visit the original Town Hall, which houses a comprehensive photographic collection of Chewton's history, or take a self-guided tour of the area.



Getting to our Region


Easily located in Central Victoria, the region is less than 90 minutes north west of Melbourne and conveniently accessed by road and rail.

Stunning villages and towns are located close by, making the region an ideal base from which to explore Central Victoria.

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