Things to do

Rochester is a popular stop en-route to Echuca and destinations further north, with country style pubs, cafes and parks. Stroll through history along one of the many walking tracks, including the Historical Plaque Trail and Cemetery Walk, or pack a picnic and enjoy the Campaspe River.

Rochester was the birthplace of Australian cycling legend, Sir Hubert Opperman, and is home to a museum and bronze sculpture in his honour.

Regular events in the town, include a monthly market, agricultural show and the annual Oppy Cycling Classic. Find out more at

About Rochester

Located on the banks of the Campaspe River, Rochester is the principal service centre for a diverse agricultural region in the Shire of Campaspe’s centre.

John Rowe moved to the area in 1846, taking up a pastoral run along the river, before building an inn around which a small township grew. Originally known as Rowe’s Camp and later Rowechester, the name Rochester was adopted in 1855.

The town continued to grow into a hub supplying surrounding farming communities. It has a population of over 3,000, with a well-developed retail sector and a range of community and business services.

Mobility access

A mobility access map has been developed to assist in locating disabled parking, accessible toilets and more.

What's on in Rochester

  • Rochester mural

    Rochester Mural Festival 2020

    21 - 29 Feb 2020

    Meet the artists community dinner - Friday, 21 February

    The artists unveil their miniature murals and discuss the
    2020 theme, 'Rochester: Past, present or future'. Quality
    art works...

    More information

Places and facilities in Rochester

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