Goldfields to the Hunter Valley – Dogs Welcome Travelling Itinerary (1259km)

Not wanting to take the Coastal Route with your beloved puppy? From the historic Goldfields in Victoria travelling up through New South Wales to the Hunter Valley, see the sights and explore the depth of this great country with BIG4 Holiday Parks.

Victorian Goldfields Railway. Image: Peter Dunphy.

Victorian Goldfields Railway. Image: Peter Dunphy.

BALLARAT
Steeped in history, Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city and the site of the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold. Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, statues, and churches by following one of the visitor information centre’s self-guided heritage walks. Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill.

Spend a day enjoying the fantastic collection of Australian art and the original Eureka flag at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty’s Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocking everything from boutique clothing and books to homewares, crafts and homemade supplies. You can anchor yourself at BIG4 Ballarat Welcome Stranger Holiday Park and take in the history of this great town.

BALLARAT to CASTLEMAINE – 79km
Visit historic Castlemaine, a bustling town renowned for its eclectic arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination. Castlemaine was founded as a gold mining town and still bears many fine Georgian buildings from this era. As well as its historic charm, Castlemaine is also a very diverse creative community, home to artisans, vignerons and restaurateurs. Explore the lovely Botanic Gardens, ride the historic railway or explore nearby towns of Daylesford and Maldon. You can your canine friend can stay at BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park.

CASTLEMAINE to BENDIGO – 39km
Experience the splendour of Bendigo, an elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base from which to explore Victoria’s golden heritage. Dine in sidewalk cafes, discover art galleries and antique stores, and take in ornate gold rush architecture nestled among century-old gardens. Take a walk or ride on Bendigo’s talking tram and explore the city’s heritage architecture, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel.

Slow right down in Rosalind Park and admire its delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery. Take time out to visit some of the renowned local wineries scattered across the Goldfields. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the region is famous for its magnificent Shiraz. While in Bendigo, stay at BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park.

BENDIGO to ECHUCA-MOAMA – 95km
Welcome to paddleboat heartland. Hop aboard a steamer or holiday on a houseboat, surrendering to the river’s charms in the vibrant, heritage town of Echuca-Moama. Taking its name from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of the water’, Echuca-Moama is one of Victoria’s oldest river towns was once the state’s most substantial inland river port.

Jump on a paddle steamer and imagine the bustling riverine trade routes of old, when steamers would travel almost as far as the Queensland border, bringing cargoes of wool to Echuca-Moama for transport to the Port of Melbourne. Make Echuca-Moama your base for a high-energy, water-based holiday. Its location right on the Murray River, its warm climate and myriad water-based activities, including waterskiing, swimming and boating, make for endless family fun. While in Echuca-Moama, you and your furry friend can stay at Maiden’s Inn Holiday Park.

ECHUCA-MOAMA to DENILIQUIN – 77km
Known as the ute capital of the world, Deniliquin is situated in Country NSW on a tributary of the Murray River, 750 km south-west of Sydney.  Deniliquin is at the centre of Riverina sheep-station country and on the fringe of one of the world’s largest red gum forests, where birds and wildlife abound in the Barmah Wetlands. A network of forest trails offers bushwalking, camping, biking and bird watching.  The Deniliquin area is rich in history and heritage, and there are several landmarks to see. You’ll also find wineries and restaurants in the region that demonstrate why it’s such a popular food and wine destination. While in Deni with your doggie, stay at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park.

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DENILIQUIN to HAY – 121km
Hay  is a historic farming town in the heart of Country NSW. Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounded by the vast grasslands of One Tree Plain, Hay has many fine heritage buildings and a diverse collection of museums. You can learn about the pastoralists, prisoners of war, shearers and bishops who have all made their mark here. Take the heritage walk to see the best of Hay’s heritage buildings. Highlights include the Hay Gaol Museum, the Witcombe Fountain and the Dunera Museum, formerly a prisoner-of-war camp and Hay War Memorial High School Museum which both provide fascinating insights into the role of Hay and the Griffith area in both World Wars. While visiting Hay with your hound, stay at Hay Plains Holiday Park.

HAY to FORBES – 360km
Head towards the famous Newell Highway and onto Forbes, rich in gold-mining history and the site of the biggest gold robbery in Australia’s history, Forbes is renowned for its connections with notorious bushrangers Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner. The town’s Heritage Trail allows visitors to explore many handsome historic buildings and the remains of the tunnel system that was created in a bid to foil bushrangers. You can your furry friend can stay at BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park.

FORBES to BATHURST – 173km
Bathurst sits on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, 207 km west of Sydney. This gracious and historical town has grand heritage buildings, parklands and tree-lined streets. Set in a wonderful natural environment with warm summers, clear, crisp winters, occasional snowfalls and beautiful spring and autumn colours, Bathurst is one of the region’s most beautiful cities, offering a diversity of attractions, activities and facilities. It’s also home to Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, where two major endurance meets take place each year: the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Bathurst 1000. Stay at BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park.

BATHURST to HUNTER VALLEY – 315km
With more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley produces some terrific wines, loved at home and abroad, including the crisp Hunter Semillon and the ripe Hunter Shiraz.  While the area is certainly famous for its wineries and wine tours, the Hunter Valley also offers a myriad of experiences and activities. Visitors can stay at BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park and explore the region, expanding their skills in cooking and wine classes, relax with a round of golf or pamper yourself for the day at one of the spas located in the area.

***When booking a holiday with your dog, please phone the individual Parks to discuss the accommodation types available and any restrictions that may be in place. This information is correct at time of publishing***

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