Kangaroo Flat is the gateway to Greater Bendigo from Melbourne. It is a large suburb featuring a range of a range of industry, education, retail, residential and natural features.
The area has an interesting gold mining history with reports of gold workings in Kangaroo Flat in 1853. However it was the finding of the rich Crusoe Gully west of Kangaroo Flat in mid-1853 that started a rush to the district.
The area was named Kangaroo Flat after the large mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos that the miners encountered around their campsites and in the vast bush forests.
The Bendigo Creek and some of its upstream tributaries flow through Kangaroo Flat and you will notice the creek, in all of its diversity, as you wander along the trail section of Let’s Walk Kangaroo Flat.
High Street, Kangaroo Flat, between Station and View Street, offers a variety of retail choices and further along the Calder Highway more shopping opportunities are available at Rocklea Home
Maker Centre and Lansell Square and the many other businesses surrounding these shopping centres.
The Calder Highway is one of the main routes between Melbourne and Bendigo with access to other major highways and townships such as Echuca, Swan Hill and beyond.
Kangaroo Flat has three sites on the Victorian Heritage Register: the railway station complex (1862), the former common school (1870) and the Coliban water supply system which feeds into the Crusoe Reservoir and was completed in 1873.
A feature of Let’s Walk Kangaroo Flat is the new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre with its 50 metre heated indoor pool and other swimming and water play options.
The area also offers a range of other local natural, creative and physical features for people who like to breathe in the fresh air as they walk and talk with others through the trees.
Look out for the colourful Let’s Walk Kangaroo Flat decals that will guide you along the way.
Here is a link to a printable version of this route with information about the stops.
Check out this state of the art facility brimming with health and wellbeing opportunities for you. Fun for all the family!
There’s a floating island in the lake that works to improve the quality of the water in the lake. The water is pumped through the root system and bacteria eat any harmful algae. Ingenious!
Home of the Rotary club of Kangaroo Flat since May 1983, this place offers respite and refreshments to weary travellers and a pleasant environment to rest and reflect.
Interesting challenge for some! Do you know the story about when and why it was built? I suppose it depends who you ask. Will you cross?
Don’t you love these wooden sculptures? Don’t look at them for too long. They might move. That would help to get your steps up! Shout out to Linton Torr for these wonderful carvings!
Perfect for the family, there is now a new way to experience Bendigo's unique heritage, history and attractions; by taking a walk along the Bendigo Creek trail. Look out for these colourful posts!