The picturesque historic township of Wandiligong is situated on a tributary of the Ovens River, known as ‘Morses Creek’, just 5km from the township of Bright, surrounded by forests, mountain ranges, apple orchards (Nightingale Bros https://www.nightingalebros.com.au/) and numerous nut groves. Only a few minutes drive from Bright, an easy walk or bike ride along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail (10km return trip, also known as Bennett’s Trail). The trail winds close to Morses Creek with beautiful rocky cascades to view where at certain times of the year you can see Paragliders hovering over Mystic Mountain or landing at Mystic Flight Park.
Named after the Wondilegong pastoral run which was taken up by William Forlonge in 1845. Between 1865 -1868 gold was discovered near the junction of Morses and Growlers Creeks and the settlement that formed was known as Growlers Creek until about 1875 when it was named Wandiligong, an aboriginal name whose actual meaning has been lost. It may refer to the place of the echidnas, meeting of the waters, spirit place or the little bushman. Today the town is registered with the National Trust of Australia as a historic landscape.
Wandiligong’s gold history can be explored at “The Diggings”. There are many starting points for walks around this area, the main walk being the Chinese Bridge car park off Centenary Avenue and Royal Bridge, on the Royal Bridge Track. In 2003 the Wandiligong community installed a Chinese Swing Bridge to commemorate the contribution of the Chinese gold miners of that era.
There is a raft of well-preserved historic buildings, including the original primary school, built-in 1877 and later extended to accommodate 300 students during the gold rush era. The public library (built-in 1878) more recently used as a studio for local artists. The Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1865), the Wesleyan Methodist Uniting Church (1878). The Post Office (1885, formerly the General Store) and the Manchester Unity Public Hall, built-in 1874, today provides a unique venue for weddings.
Explore historic Alpine Park, White Star Rd Wandiligong, created in 1877 for community entertainment, and upon which the local cricket and football teams played, with its majestic two-story pavilion and rotunda (both were reconstructed in 1972).
For lunch or dinner, you can’t go past the Wandi Pub! https://www.thewandipub.com/
Yum food, beer, wine & cocktails. A rustic pub atmosphere and offering a beer garden and live music. Voted ‘Best Regional Pub in Victoria’ in 2017 by Time Out Magazine. ‘Best Parma’ on Parmadaze.com and voted one of the top five live music venues in regional Victoria in The Age ‘Victorian Music Awards’.