Accommodation & Activities
The Colonial Way Horse Drawn Caravans
Taylors Rd, Rheola
Phone: 0429 932 744
Kooyoora Park Retreat / Camp Kooyoora
792 Brenanah-Kurting Road
Kingower VIC 3517
The Fossickers Drive
Towns and Districts
Small district located to the west of Rheola.
Small district to the south of Rheola.
Welcome Stranger Gold Nugget
Located South of Rheola, and just North of the township of Moliagul
At an altitude of about 523m above sea level the summit gives wonderful views of the surounding areas.
Mt Moliagul Cherry Gardens
Cherry Orchards at Mt Moliagul.
Planted by Chinese diggers over a century ago and still supplying cherries.
Kooyoora State Park
Established in 1985
Located just north of Rheola
Location of Melvilles Caves
A drive around the area which all were involved in the Goldfields
Established in 1980. Owned by James and Christine Nealy
288 Wehla-Kingower Rd, Rheola VIC 3517, Australia
Blanche Barkly Wines
Located on the site where the "Blanche Barkly" gold nugget was discovered in August 1857. The winery was re-established by the Reimers family in 1972.
14 Kingower-Brenanah Road, Kingower Vic 3517
Glenalbyn was selected as a Pastoral Lease and purchased in 1853 by Rev. William Hall, M.A., the great-great grandfather of the present generation.
84 Halls Road, Kingower VIC 3517
A small boutique vineyard located on the banks of the Loddon River. Vines first planted in 1996.
Newbridge VIC 3551
Water Wheel Vineyard
Raywood Road, Bridgewater on Loddon VIC 3516
Mount Moliagul Wines
Passing Clouds Winery has orchards in Rheola and Kingower.
30 Roddas Lane, Musk, Victoria 3461
Melville Caves and Mount Kooyoora are located in the Kooyoora State Park
Entrance sign to Kooyoora State Park leading to Mount Kooyoora and Melville Caves (2014)
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Associated with the Jaara Jarra people
First Europeans: party of Thomas Mitchell during his Australia Felix expedition of 1836
Located to the north of Rheola.
Kooyoora State Park offers opportunities for sightseeing, bushwalking, rock-climbing, picnicking, nature studies, camping, abseiling, cycling, prospecting (permit required) birdwatching, orienteering, horseriding
Visitors have access to picnic tables, shelter, toilets and drinking water. There are several sign posted walks, including sightseeing lookouts, starting at the picnic ground, ranging from one to three hours. There are two camp grounds in the park.
The large granite boulders and granite outcrops help form the unique landscape.
Size: 11 646 ha (28,777 acres)
Proclaimed a State Park in 1985.
Extended in October 2002 to enhance Victoria’s Box‐Ironbark forests and woodlands.
Contains the remains of “White Swan Quartz Mine” which was worked in the 1920s, 30’s and during World War II producing industrial and ornamental quartz.
Views South from Melvile Caves (2013)
Melville Caves – was listed on the Register of the National Estate as a geological monument
Mount Kooyoora is at an altitude of about 475m above sea level
For More Info:
Parks Victoria Website http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/kooyoora-state-park
Captain Melville ~Needs Expanding~
Francis Melville (1822-1857), bushranger, was born Francis McNeiss McNiel McCallum in Inverness, Scotland.
Transported from Scotland to Van Diemen's Land at the age of 15. He was sentenced to seven years' transportation for housebreaking.
He spent more than 10 years at Port Arthur.
In 1851 he made his way to Victoria to take advantage of the goldrush
Claimed leadership, in 1852, of the Mount Macedon gang that waylaid travellers in the Black Forest.
Believed it is after this that he may have used Melville Caves as a hide/look out.
Was captured in Geelong in December 1852
August 1857, Melville was found dead in his cell, strangled. Whether by his own hand or that of someone else has never been determined.