Things to do
Waranga Basin is located near Rushworth and is a popular spot for water sports, fishing and recreation, with caravan, camping and boat ramp facilities.
The nearby historic Whroo Township, now deserted, was once a thriving village that developed around the base of Victoria’s largest open-cut gold mine at Balaclava Hill. It is a popular tourist stop, with visitor information provided at the centre of the former township. Together with Rushworth and Toolleen it forms part of the Gold and Ironbark touring route.
You can also explore the beautiful Rushworth State Forest, immerse yourself in the region’s history at the Rushworth Museum and check out the local monthly market.
The well preserved “Gold and Ironbark” town of Rushworth is nestled amid the world’s largest Box Ironbark forest. Rushworth has retained much of its original character. Its well-preserved main street of heritage buildings, classified by the National Trust, is one of very few in Victoria.
Rushworth was established during the Victorian Gold Rush in 1853 and is now a showcase of the state’s early gold rush and timber industry.
Today, Rushworth is a popular historic township serving its more than 1380 residents and surrounding farming communities with a variety of shopping, sporting and other services.