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St Arnaud

Settled during the gold rush of 1855 as 'New Bendigo', St Arnaud in Victoria's Grampians region boasts postcard-perfect heritage streetscapes and the distinction of a pub for every couple of hundred residents.

Grand old buildings with cast iron lacework verandahs line the streets of St Arnaud, originally dubbed 'New Bendigo' but soon renamed to honour the Commander of the French forces in the Crimean War, Jacques le Roy de Saint Arnaud, who lies buried with Napoleon in Paris. This history is celebrated at the annual At Arnaud Festival in November.

In 1861 the town's streets were surveyed by W.M. Wills who later tried unsuccessfully to cross the continent with fellow explorer Robert O'Hara Burke. St Arnaud's historic precinct features the 1866 post office, the old court house, Victoria's oldest fire station, and a host of notable pubs for refreshing drinks and chats with the locals.

St Arnaud's manicured gardens and surrounding bushland can be surveyed from the lookout atop Wilsons Hill. The town is edged by St Arnaud Range National Park and Teddington Reservoir with their abundant native flora and fauna, and nearby lakes and rivers that are well stocked with fish.

St Arnaud is approximately 240 kilometres from Melbourne, or just under three hours by car along the Calder Freeway and the Wimmera Highway.

St Arnaud: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The Bible Museum

The Bible Museum has on display historic bibles which offer a rare insight into the development of the English language and also the story of writing and printing. A collection of over 1,500 Bibles, scrolls, musical instruments, and related artefacts are also available to view.

Another interesting aspect of the museum is the Butterfly Garden. Open between November and May (depending on the weather and seasonal conditions) many varieties of butterflies can be seen floating around this specially designed garden. At certain times butterflies can be seen emerging from their chrysalis. Autumn is the best time to see the butterflies and garden.

Ellen and Jean Reid have been collecting Bibles for over 30 years and their guided tour takes around an hour, so please book a tour in advance, by email or phone.

125 - 133 Napier Street
St Arnaud, VIC, 3478

Located 0.3K from St Arnaud

St Arnaud Range National Park

St Arnaud Range National Park features mainly steep, forested terrain and is an ideal place to experience what the forests of Central Victoria were like before the gold rushes. The rocky ridge tops in the park offer fine views for bushwalkers and four-wheel-drive tourers, and there are ample opportunities for hiking in the steep and rugged terrain. The Upper Teddington Reservoir is a peaceful place for picnics and camping.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Sunraysia Highway
Stuart Mill, VIC, 3478

Located 20.4K from St Arnaud

St Arnaud: Travel Tips

St Arnaud Visitor Information Centre

The St Arnaud Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located in Napier Street, directly opposite the magnificent Queen Mary Gardens. St Arnaud is well known for its heritage buildings adorned with delicate wrought iron lacework.

The ideal base for prospecting in the nearby ranges, St Arnaud is centrally located to the many wineries and attractions in the Pyrenees, Goldfields and Grampians regions.

The centre is open seven days a week. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers can assist with advice on accommodation, shopping and dining. Research family history or browse through cemetery records whilst visiting our heritage listed building.

4 Napier Street
St Arnaud, VIC, 3478

Located 0.4K from St Arnaud

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