Originally feeding the hunger of gold prospectors, for both tucker and timber, in the surrounding areas and also providing respite for weary travellers from Melbourne to the Riverina and beyond, Toolleen is now at the heart of the renowned Heathcote Wine Growing Region.
Situated at the crossroads between Melbourne and Echuca, and from Bendigo to the North West, as small as it is, Toolleen offers access to a wide range of activities for todayís travellers.
Call in to one of the growing number of cellar doors and bistros in the area on your journey to or from Melbourne. Stop for a coffee or a cool drink at the Plough Inn before exploring the Gold and Ironbark Trail to historic Whroo and Rushworth, or maybe unwind after completing this pioneers trail from the opposite end.
Either way, donít miss the opportunity to pause at Chinamenís Bend at the top of the Colbinabbin Range where you can take in the breathtaking views of both the mountains of North East Victoria and Mt Alexander and the hills around Bendigo to the West.
Nestled amongst the foothills of the Colbinabbin Range, near the base of Mount Pleasant, it is no wonder that Toolleen was amongst the first areas of central Victoria to be taken up by squatters in the 1840ís, a time when we were still part of the colony of New South Wales.
Toolleen remains a peaceful farming area but one with much to offer those travellers who enjoy their journey as much as their destination.