Warburton’s Bridge

Warburton’s Bridge is a pleasant camp ground tucked into the hills south of Castlemaine, Vic. There are well made concrete fire pits, those good ones with a hot plate that swings over the fire. There is a toilet as well. The first camp sites don’t have a view of the river as it is quite overgrown but it is only a short walk further into the camp ground for a paddle. When we stayed, there was phone reception from the hill behind the toilet. The best access on a good made road is from either Chewton or Guildford.

The local towns are well worth exploring and oozing with gold mining history and mineral springs. Vaughan Springs has a small free camp at the pretty mineral springs and a cluster of houses dotted through the hills.

The Guildford Family Hotel is worthy of a beer in the quirky beer garden on a pleasant afternoon as is also the Red Hill Hotel in Chewton which had live music on the Sunday afternoon that we visited.

Not to be missed at Chewton is the remains of the water wheel gold battery. Legend has it that when the gold battery was in operation it could be heard 6kms away in Castlemaine. Now that would have given the locals a headache.


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