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Bacchus Marsh

As one of Victoria's older towns, Bacchus Marsh is blessed with a stock of historically significant buildings, including The Manor, a gentleman's residence built for retired military officer and magistrate, Captain William Bacchus, after whom the town was named.

The impressive array of heritage buildings including the sandstone court house (1858), a blacksmith"s cottage and forge (from 1850), the Mechanics Institute (1858), Holy Trinity Church (1877), where Andrew Scott often read the lesson before turning to bushranging under the name Captain Moonlight, and, across the road, St Andrews Church.

The outstanding feature of this large country town 60 kilometres west of Melbourne, however, is The Avenue of Honour, the largest and oldest surviving avenue of elms in the world. It is one of a thousand similar avenues of trees planted throughout Victoria between 1917 and 1921 in memory of young Australians who fought and died in World War I. The Bacchus Marsh avenue was laid down on August 10, 1918, and, remarkably, each of the 281 trees was personally planted by a relative or friend of the honoured servicemen and women.

Author Frank (Power Without Glory) Hardy grew up in Bacchus Marsh and based Legends From Benson's Valley, on his Depression experiences in the town.

Perhaps Bacchus Marsh"s most unusual landmark is a kiln, purpose-built in 1885 to roast the white, parsnip-like root of the chicory plant for use as a coffee substitute. A wall of the kiln is distinguished by an advertisement plugging the therapeutic value of Dr Morses"s Indian Root Pills.

Bacchus Marsh: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Werribee Gorge State Park


Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing.

There are a variety of walks in the park. A popular walk follows the Werribee River from Meikles Point picnic area, offering impressive view of both the river and the cliff faces of the gorge. It leads to popular swimming holes, historic sites and other park features.

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.




Myers Rd
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 1.0K from Bacchus Marsh

Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve


This park provides the opportunity to view Mallee vegetation in close proximity to Melbourne. Plants typical of arid landscapes and small creek escarpments make the reserve a fantastic retreat for bushwalkers and birdwatchers.

Heritage
Today, mallee vegetation is widespread in Victoria's dry north-west, but some thousands of years ago, during a warmer and drier period, it extended much farther south. Subsequent climatic changes favoured other vegetation such as box and stringybark eucalypts and the Long Forest is now the only naturally occurring mallee south of the Great Dividing Range.

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.




Long Forest Road
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 6.4K from Bacchus Marsh

Lerderderg State Park


Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The park has a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and some interesting relics of goldmining.

Lerderderg State Park offers a true bush experience. Walking is the best way to get to know the park - there are several tracks for a range of walks from short, easy strolls to strenuous overnight hikes for experienced bushwalkers.

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.




West Number 2 Track
Lerderderg, VIC, 3458

Located 13.5K from Bacchus Marsh

Brisbane Ranges National Park


Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region.

There are a number of options for bushwalking ranging from short walks to three-day walks. This park is also popular for picnicking, scenic drives 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.





Staughton Vale Rd
Staughton Vale, VIC, 3221

Located 24.5K from Bacchus Marsh

Bacchus Marsh: Events

Melbourne Toyrun


The 40th Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Family Traders day will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 40th anniversary of the traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2017 is now on Sunday 17 December at Tabcorp Park.

This date secures a spectacular location where motorcyclists on all formats of bikes from all of Victoria can share a fun filled day with their families and friends in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Melbourne Toy Run has always been a popular ride with Victorian motorcyclists. Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride to a destination to give toys and food for the kids for Christmas.

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.


Event Dates
2017
      17th Dec


2 Ferris Road
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 14.4K from Bacchus Marsh

Regional Tastes of Eynesbury


The annual festival displays the finest of our local foods and wines to the residents of Eynesbury and visitors from far and wide.

Join in a relaxed picnic style atmosphere with live entertainment provided during the day and evening.

Your Good Food and Wine adventure starts here, as we celebrate the best in food and beverage that the region has to offer.


Event Dates
2017
      23rd Sep


487 Eynesbury Road
Eynesbury, VIC, 3338

Located 17.0K from Bacchus Marsh

Boxing Day at Eynesbury Homestead


Enjoy a relaxing Boxing Day with family and friends at the Historic Eynesbury Homestead.

Breakfast available from 9:00am followed by lunch and dinner menus. Live and loud test cricket on the screens with food and beverage specials available.

Sit in the beautiful gardens and listen to the live music from 3:00pm.


Event Dates
2017
      26th Dec


487 Eynesbury Road
Eynesbury, VIC, 3338

Located 17.0K from Bacchus Marsh

Ballan Farmers Market


Ballan Farmers and Makers Market is held on the second Saturday of the month in the beautiful grounds of Mill Cottage, Inglis Street, Ballan. Ballan sits in stunning volcanic plains amongst a rich food growing community, half way between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat, just one hour from Melbourne by car or train.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, crafts, wines, oils, eggs, jams, breads and pastries, meat, trees and sweets; from the producer to you.




Event Dates
2017
      14th Oct
      11th Nov
      19th Dec


96 Inglis Street
Ballan, VIC, 3342

Located 20.2K from Bacchus Marsh

Bacchus Marsh: Travel Tips

Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre


Visitors to Bacchus Marsh should make the Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre their first stop. The friendly and helpful staff will be more than happy to welcome you to this beautiful town and introduce you to the attractions that it holds; the Avenue of Honour, bush walks, aerial sightseeing, forest parks, wildflowers, eagles, national and state parks and much more.

Set amid picturesque rolling hills only 55 kilometres west of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh combines country living with easy access to the city. An attractive mix of open spaces, friendly towns, orchards, deep gorges and forests, Bacchus Marsh is a great tourist destination.

Not to be missed destinations include the Werribee Gorge, Lerderderg Gorge, Brisbane Ranges and the Long Forest Nature Reserve which is the southern most remnant of mallee vegetation in Victoria.

The Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre also has its own very popular website to help you with your visit to our district.




215 Main Street
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 0.3K from Bacchus Marsh

Melton Visitor Information Centre


Situated in the historic Courthouse, explore all that the City of Melton has to offer at the Melton Visitor Information Centre.

Discover over 150 years of history and heritage, explore their paths, trails, parks and waterways, experience family fun with playgrounds and festivals and enjoy award winning wine, food and entertainment.

Visit the friendly local volunteers, learn more about the area and collect free information on: things to do and places to eat in Melton and surrounds, local facilities, events, maps and directions, as well as places to visit and stay in Melbourne and Victoria.




323 High Street,
High
Melton, VIC, 3337

Located 12.8K from Bacchus Marsh

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