There's so much to explore in Seymour and Surrounds.
Here's a few local activities you might enjoy.
Great Victorian Rail Trail
Cycling & Walking: The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a multi-use trail and can be explored on foot, bike or horse. This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to heritage classified rivers, majestic valleys, lakes and mountains. A shuttle service along the rail trail can be organised via the Tallarook General Store. Pick up service from Tallarook, Mansfield, Seymour, Yea, Broadford and Trawool, 10 passengers, bicycles and luggage. Contact Nigel or Vicky for a quote on 0435 852 385 or email email@example.com
Mitchelton Gallery Of Aboriginal Art
The Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art was established by Adam Knight and Gerry Ryan OAM, who share a passion for Indigenous Australian art. Exhibiting the outstanding work that continues to be produced in this field today, the gallery was created to provide an inspiring new space for locals and visitors to experience the artworks of Australia’s First People. Works on display here are representative of over 15 different art centres and communities throughout Australia, including our local Taungurung Clan.
Polly McQuinns Waterhole
Swimming: The picturesque Polly McQuinns is located on Seven Creeks. It is 4 km south-east of Strathbogie and comprises a reservoir, weir, bridge, and a pleasant area around the water. Once a natural creek and large deep-water pool, the creek has been dammed on the northern side of the road, creating another large waterbody. The dam is a three-sided concrete weir (1920-30s) with a brand new bridge. To reach Polly McQuinns, travel south through the Strathbogie township, go over Smiths Bridge and take the next road to the right, signposted 'Polly McQuinns'.
Wetlands Walk: Not only is there a restaurant for dining on the river bank but we recommend the wetlands walk which is very easy and great for bird spotting. The complex web of billabongs became 8kms of backwaters and creeks. These deep wetlands are the site now of the Tahbilk Eco Trails. Start your walk by heading across the historic Long Bridge. The Long Bridge was built from timber hewn on the Estate to replace a ford on the site soon after the Goulburn Weir was completed in 1889. Following the floods of 1954, the bridge was extensively repaired, reducing from double to single lane. In 1996 it was completely rebuilt, again with timber cut and milled on the property. Stroll along a range of walking paths and boardwalks along a 6km circuit. Entry - gold coin donation. New addition in 2021: tabilk-tabilk Indigenous Flora Trail. Make sure to pick up a handy map from Tahbilk Cellar Door with information about the different plant species you can expect to see with their traditional Taungurung name. Illustrations have been drawn by resident artist @rosapurbrick_art along with an amazing map by artist and Taungurung Elder, Mick Harding. Look out for the informative signs along the way which will guide you around the trail.
Cheviot Railway Tunnel
The historic Cheviot Tunnel is a key feature of the Tallarook to Mansfield Rail Line which operated between 1883 and 1970 and now the Great Victorian Rail Trail open to walkers, cyclists and horse riding enthusiasts. The Great Victorian Rail Trail meanders through undulating farmland along the majestic gum lined Goulburn River with stunning views into the foothills of the Victorian High Country. Being the only tunnel on this line, and made using handmade bricks using local clay, which remain in excellent condition today it has tremendous heritage values. The Cheviot Tunnel was constructed to pass trains across the Black Range at McLoughlin’s Gap roughly half way between Yea and Molesworth. The tunnel was constructed from an estimated 675,000 handmade bricks using local clay. This was sourced from Quinlan’s pit in a nearby paddock just west of the Tunnel. Some steel hooks that held lanterns in emergencies still exist near the four indented safety alcoves. These are located at regular intervals along the eastern wall. The Cheviot Tunnel is situated between the towns of Yea and Molesworth on the Great Victorian rail Trail.
Kerrisdale Mountain Railway and Museum
The KMR is a unique railway built to two-foot (610 mm) gauge on a zig-zag formation. To gain the maximum height within the shortest distance, steep grades and tight curves also abound with panoramic views of (360 degrees) to take your breath away at ‘Summit Station’. We are situated in the North East corner of the Tallarook Ranges, North Central Victoria, Australia. The railway and museum has been developed by a group of dedicated volunteers over a fifteen year period and is a not for profit incorporated body.
Created in 1891 by damming the Goulburn River, Lake Nagambie is a popular spot for fishing and sailing, canoeing, water skiing and swimming for locals and visitors alike. Take a walk up to Jacobsons Lookout for expansive views out across the water, enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks, or stroll across the walking track that goes right across the historic Goulburn Weir. Wander through the vibrant town of Nagambie, which sits on the shores of the lake, or cruise around the renowned local wineries that benefit from the cooler climate, caused by the regional lakes and lagoons. For something a bit different, time your visit to Lake Nagambie to coincide with one of the numerous rowing and kayaking championships held throughout the year.
A stopover along the Goulburn River, just like Major Mitchell did in 1836. Great spot for a swim a paddle or fishing. Here is a great spot for travellers heading along the Hume or along the Goulburn Highways in the central area of Victoria, and with a bit of history thrown in as well. This was the site where Thomas Mitchell crossed the Goulburn on his way back to Sydney after his 1836 winter tour of Australia Felix, more commonly called Victoria nowadays. It is just 20-25 kilometres north of the Hume along the Goulburn Highway then duck left a few kilometres towards the Goulburn River at Mitchellstown.
Murchison Gap Lookout
Named after John Murchison an original squatter of one of the three original squatting runs in the district, this lookout sits right on the boundary of the Murrindindi region. A great platform juts out from the side of the hill here and it is a killer sunrise spot with the sun coming up behind the hills beyond. This area is known as the 'Valley of a Thousand Hills' and if you catch it in the right light with overlapping silhouettes you will see why. There are seats on the viewing platform and under the trees is a shaded table and seat. It's the perfect spot for not only spectacular photo opportunities but also a picnic with an epic view.
Tallarook State Forest
The Tallarook State Forest is a fantastic spot to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities including, four-wheel driving, bushwalking, trail bike riding, camping, fishing, mountain bike riding and horse riding. Stay at one of the many campsites throughout the forest such as Flat Rock, Trawool Reservoir Camp and Tassie Camp. If you don’t feel like getting completely back to nature, Freemans Camp offers toilet facilities, picnic tables and barbecues. Popular sightseeing areas include the Trawool Reservoir and Mt Hickey. Don’t forget to also pay a visit to the nearby Mt Disappointment State Forest. The Tallarook State Forest is a fantastic spot to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities including, four-wheel driving, bushwalking, trail bike riding, camping, fishing, mountain bike riding and horse riding. Stay at one of the many campsites throughout the forest such as Flat Rock, Trawool Reservoir Camp and Tassie Camp. If you don’t feel like getting completely back to nature, Freemans Camp offers toilet facilities, picnic tables and barbeques. Popular sightseeing areas include the Trawool Reservoir and Mt Hickey. Don’t forget to also pay a visit to the nearby Mt Disappointment State Forest.
Located in a picturesque valley studded with ancient granite boulders, Tooborac is a small service town with a reputation for country food and hospitality. A growing number of food and beverage establishments and accommodation spots make this a great stopover on your way to Bendigo, Heathcote and beyond.
Trawool, originally named ‘Traawool’, the indigenous word for ‘wild water’, is a district dominated by agriculture, dairy and unforgettable scenery. The area was first explored by Hume and Hovell in 1824, and later settled as a large sheep station. The district is bounded in the East by the Bald Hills and to the West by the Warrigul Rocks. In 1983, the National Trust awarded the Trawool Valley a Scenic Classification, recognising its importance as a scenic, geological and cultural site, and for its great diversity of flora and fauna. For this reason it is the perfect destination to enjoy outdoor pursuits. With cafes, a gallery, resort and boutique self contained accommodation, the Trawool Valley is perfect for your next getaway.
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
This walk meanders amidst native trees and grasses that resemble rubber trees and rice paddies. Plants synonymous with Vietnam. 106 panels of DigiGlass with the name of every Serviceman and Servicewoman who served in their various capacities. Behind the names is the picture story of the Vietnam conflict and the wall is lite of an evening
The Y Water Discovery Centre is a multi-purpose facility incorporating an accredited Visitor Information Centre and an Interpretive & Educational Centre. The facility offers a range of services including visitor information (maps, brochures, accommodation and travel guides), a gift shop, free wi-fi, public toilets and meeting room hire.
Australian Light Horse Memorial Park
The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park in Seymour, is situated in a very beautiful rural environment, just across the Great Dividing Range and only 105 kms from Melbourne. The park is readily accessed from the nearby Hume Freeway, and the Goulburn Valley Highway. It is also accessible by train on the State's main North East rail line. Just one kilometre along the Goulburn Valley Highway on the Eastern side of Seymour, you will come see the stone gateway that marks the entrance of this historic park. New in 2021: A smart phone based guidance system “Visitour”
will enable visitors to learn about the history of the area via their smart phone as they move around the Park. It will automatically provide information about the various historic features as the visitor approaches features such as building foundations and commemorative signs. Search for ALHMP in APP/Play Store and you can view the app.
Gooram Falls is a great place to visit for a relaxing day by the water. The two cascading falls are a part of Seven Creeks Wildlife Reserve, with the water source being Seven Creeks. There are two small falls roughly 20 metres apart surrounded by indigenous bushland and rocky outcrops. While you are there, you could explore the other natural attractions of the Strathbogie Ranges.
Walk the Goulburn River: The river walk in Seymour meanders along the length of Emily st and is a hidden gem. An easy to walk or ride with under magnificent large gum trees with lots of seating along the way and great for picnics at Lions Park or grab a burger from Burger Me and later a beer at the Royal Hotel or the Prince of Wales. There are interpretative and historic markers and information along the path. Look out for the new canoe scar tree in the car park near the boat ramp. Approximately 3km, depending on where you start. We recommend starting at the Somerset Winery Kitchen end at the old bridge.
The Old Goulburn River Bridge, Seymour is of historic, scientific (technological) and aesthetic significance to the State of Victoria.The bridge spans the crossing place of the Goulburn River on the historic Sydney Road, in use since a Victorian Government punt began operating at the site in 1853. The Old Goulburn River Bridge is of historic significance for its association with one of Victoria's most important river crossings from 1853 until the diverting of the Hume Highway in 1966. The Old Goulburn River Bridge is of historical significance in representing two major phases of road bridge construction in Victoria, being the last of the extravagant large timber road bridges of the 19th century and the oldest and most authentic surviving example of a large composite highway bridge of the new motor-vehicle pattern introduced by the Country Roads Board during the Great Depression era.
The construction of a weir on the Goulburn River began in 1887, and was completed in 1891. The Goulburn Weir was the first major diversion structure built for irrigation in Australia and was considered very advanced for the time. Such was the regard for the structure, it appeared on the reverse of Australian half sovereign and ten shilling banknotes from 1913 until 1933.
Goulburn Weir is a concrete structure founded on bedrock, with its downstream face stepped with granite blocks quarried from the nearby Mt Black.
Grass Tree Walk
If you are looking for some quiet solitude or a peaceful walk with friends in a place that feels remote, this could be a place for you. It may be a bit out of the way, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that probably explains the absence of evidence of visitation you see in some other places. It also means there is something more intimate about experiencing this place.
Sit by the river in the lovely park area. Picnic amongst the huge trees or enjoy a walk along the trail which extends the entire length of Emily St in Seymour. Walk the Goulburn River: The river walk in Seymour meanders along the length of Emily st and is a hidden gem. An easy to walk or ride with under magnificent large gum trees with lots of seating along the way and great for picnics at Lions Park or grab a burger from Burger Me and later a beer at the Royal Hotel or the Prince of Wales. There are interpretative and historic markers and information along the path. Look out for the new canoe scar tree in the car park near the boat ramp. Approximately 3km, depending on where you start. We recommend starting at the Somerset Winery Kitchen end at the old bridge.
Mangalore Flora Park
This is can be a ‘strange’ park. It can seem like it’s just space/land. You must look very, very hard for the tiny flora species. The tracks are not great. It’s easy to get lost. If you love native flowers & birds apparently it’s fabulous. It’s a spot we are yet to visit in our region.
Melvilles Lookout Track
Total distance is 10.5 kilometres. There are several deviations you can opt to investigate. Time to complete - 3-4 hours. Relative difficulty - Moderate. Loose stones make the track slippery; part of the track is steep and rough at the base of the Lookout. If this foot trail looks too daunting, keep walking along the road for 100m until you get to the Melville's Lookout 2km sign pointing left, which is a less demanding walk. Overview: Melville’s Lookout is named after Captain (Francis) Melville, who was a notorious goldrush era bushranger. After being transported to Australia at age 15 for housebreaking, he escaped Port Arthur to live with local aborigines for a year. He came to Victoria in 1851. Within a short time he had formed the Mt Macedon Gang that robbed travellers heading to and from the goldfields. Mt Black Quarry can be viewed from the Lookout track. Granite blocks were mined here to use in the construction of the Goulburn Weir wall in the 1890’s. This park comprises Victoria's largest remaining box – ironbark forest, consisting of open woodland including ironbark, grey and yellow box and stringy bark. The understory features blackwood, gold dust wattle, silver wattle and drooping cassinia. Grass trees are numerous. Green rock fern is a common ground plant in milder months. Wildflowers include grassland wood sorrel, shiny everlastings, tall bluebells and Nodding Greenhood orchids, with many more according to the season. Rare spider orchids may be also found.
Mount Piper Conservation Reserve
Mt Piper is a haven for local fauna, take the challenging climb to the peak. It is worth the effort for the breath-taking views. On the way, look for the endangered Blue Ant butterfly and Golden Sun moth, majestic wedge tail eagles and smaller birds such as fairy martins and spotted pardalotes. Access from Piper Lane, Broadford. Mount Piper is a 1.9 km lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Broadford, Victoria, Australia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Elevation: 143m
Pink Cliffs Reserve
Wander through intriguing mini gorges and cliffs of fine pink clay. The colourful phenomenon was created by early gold-mining activities: sluicing work in the 1880s revealed the 'pink' hills near the historic town of Heathcote. You'll find a variety of stones at this geological reserve, including smooth ironstone with a distinctive volcanic appearance. It's a great area for bushwalking and photography, so strap on your boots, grab your camera and get set to explore the unique landscape, wildflowers and wildlife.
Victorian Railway Workshops Art & Antiques
Open by appointment and only for serious collectors and antique-hunters. Right across the road from Blue Tongue Berries. Victorian Railway Workshops, Art & Antiques was established by Sylvia & Kosta Kostoski, who have been trading as Antique Dealers since 1985. From the beginning, we incorporated both formal and industrial antique pieces in our shop. By 1987 we had secured the contract with the Victorian Railways, to dispose of all surplus to requirement pre privatisation. The Victorian Railways was full of beautiful Industrial Revolution period furniture and artifacts that had been used since the 1870’s Unlike Europe and America, here in Australia, the need to fulfill war machines for WWI and WWII didn’t require the melting down of metals, alloys and wood to fire the furnaces, so it was all there in situ being used and usable. It was a pleasure and privilege to be removing all that Australian heritage material including: furniture, artifacts and historical relics. It took us 13 years to fulfill our obligation to the Victorian Railways, by which time we had secured the majority of the surplus heritage material.