Rich in gold history, Dunolly is situated in stunning bushland in the centre of Victoria's goldfields.
During gold rush times Dunolly and the surrounding district turned up more gold nuggets than any other region in Australia and became known as the 'Golden Triangle'. Gold found in the area included the then largest gold nugget in the world, the 69 kilogram 'Welcome Stranger', which was found in 1869 in nearby Moliagul. See a replica of the famous nugget at the Goldfields Historical and Arts Museum and then try your luck at prospecting for gold. Hire a metal detector and pick up a map from Dunolly's prospecting store.
Today Dunolly's attractive main street is lined with kurrajongs and gold rush architecture. Take a wander along Broadway, pick up a brochure from the visitor information centre located in the Welcome Stranger Caf?, and learn about the historic Cobb and Co building and Railway and Royal hotels. Browse through the collectible shops as you explore.
Get on your bike and ride the Dunolly Cycle Tracks, a series of signed forest roads and tracks varying in length between 14 and 47 kilometres. As well as Dunolly, routes pass through the old gold towns of Tarnagulla, Bealiba, Waanyarra, Betley and Goldsborough.
Dunolly is 178 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, just under two hours by car. Take the Castlemaine exit off the Calder Highway and travel via Castlemaine, Maldon and Eddington.
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Dunolly: Where To Go / Sightseeing
Central Goldfields Art Gallery
Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough is situated in the picturesque historic fire station built in 1861, a short walk from the town centre.
The Gallery's changing exhibition program showcases local and regional artists, and includes diverse touring exhibitions. Community engagement is supported with the annual community art and craft exhibitions and local schools art.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Central Goldfields Shire Council, and in line with Council's Arts and Cultural Policy, the Gallery Collection is exhibited and features artwork by local and regional artists.
Education programs for school children and Friends of the Gallery programs are run throughout the year.
If you would like to receive an invitation to the Gallery's exhibitions, via email or post, please contact us.
Admission to the Gallery is free and a donation is gratefully accepted.
Maryborough, VIC, 3465
Located 20.5K from Dunolly
RACV Energy Breakthrough - Maryborough
The RACV Energy Breakthrough provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an energy breakthrough.
School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough, Victoria in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.
More than 5,000 student entrants converge on Maryborough, a further 3,000 will work as support crew and another 13,000 will be visitors to the event.
The Energy Expo is amongst the action of the RACV Energy Breakthrough and offers visitors and entrants the chance to relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The Energy Expo provides entertainment, fascinating energy efficient displays and opportunities for career advancement.
1 Park Road
Maryborough, VIC, 3465
Located 20.4K from Dunolly
Dunolly: Travel Tips
Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre
Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre offers a full range of guides and brochures for Central Goldfields and Victoria.
The friendly staff can assist you with finding a full range of souvenirs and locally made craft items all at very reasonable prices, Maryborough Postcards and Gold Nugget Pins.
They also have maps and brochures of Maryborough and surrounding towns. Brochures covering all regions of Victoria and some interstate guides. Accommodation and dining guides, guided tours of Maryborough (on request) plus self guided tour brochures. They also have books and publications on the history of Maryborough and towns within the shire.
Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre have a fax and photocopying service. As well as clean toilet facilities with baby changing and disabled facilities.
See the life size model of The Welcome Stranger gold nugget (69kgs) and photographs of old Maryborough and their historic buildings, local Parks and Wildlife Information and maps.
The Central Goldfields Visitor Information is located in the Maryborough Resource Centre Building Corner of Nolan and Alma Streets in Maryborough. Also in the building is the Maryborough Library, Community Information Centre and Exhibition Hall.
Maryborough, VIC, 3465
Located 20.9K from Dunolly