This route zigzags through some of Victoria’s most interesting landscapes.
It starts with with the region that changed our state's fortunes forever – the goldfields.
Drive along the Avenue of Honour. This breathtaking avenue of deciduous trees is dedicated to the thousands of service personnel who gave their lives in war. It's a sobering sight.
It has many historic buildings and Chinese gardens that commemorate the Chinee influence on early Victoria.
Just up the road is the gorgeous gold town of . Gold is still mined commercially here. The town's picturesque Central Park is home to the Stawell Gift, Australia’s oldest professional foot race, held each Easter.
Head west through Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill to explore a totally different landscape less than an hour away.
Trek north-east through wheat country to the tiny towns of Jeparit, where you’ll find a memorial at the birthplace of Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, and Rainbow.
Rainbow was named for the crescent-shaped sand dunes that support a colourful carpet of wildflowers in the area each spring.
Skirt the edge of Wyperfeld through the tiny town of Patchewollock on your way to Underbool.
From there, it’s a short distance to Ouyen, a town that for many years was home to Victoria’s Great Vanilla Slice Bakeoff. Grab yourself one of the custardy treats at the local bakery to build your strength for the one-hour trip north to Mildura.
Before you go
- Download the VicEmergency app and tune into the local emergency broadcasters
- Remember to keep 1.5 metres from anyone you don’t live with
- Carry a fitted face mask to wear in large retail premises or if you’re in a crowd
- Get tested and isolate at your accommodation if possible if you have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while you’re away
- Book ahead or have a plan B in case your destination is at capacity
- Never leave a campfire unattended, and always extinguish them with water rather than soil
- Don’t forget to shop local and support our Victorian businesses and producers, and
- Keep up-to-date on public health information at
Reviewed 06 April 2021