North East Tourist News

Chiltern is waiting for you

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CHILTERN became prominent following the discovery of gold in the 1850s and has remained a thriving hub of food, culture and community spirit.

At least 20 buildings in the township are of historical interest or owned by the National Trust, with the Federal Standard newspaper office, the famous Dow’s Pharmacy and Lakeview House (former home of renowned author Henry Handel Richardson) among them.

The Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park is a short drive from the town centre and the Mount Pilot Lookout offers 360-degree views of the countrysid­e.

Be sure to take your binoculars to look for the elusive Regent Honeyeater.

In the courtyard of the historic

Star Hotel and Theatre is a grapevine which was planted in 1867.

With a trunk that measures 1.84 metres and a branch which is 12 metres long, it is reputedly the largest in the world and is a sight to behold.

The Chiltern Athenaeum showcases historical items from the township and tells the tales of the men and women who worked and lived around the area over the past 170 years.

For the bargain hunters, Chiltern has a thriving antique scene where you will find a range of Victorian era furniture, china, glassware and trinkets.

Whether you enjoy exploring in town or taking a bike and your hiking shoes to get out among nature and feel the vastness of the open country, Chiltern has something for everyone.

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