Chiltern’s streetscape is a living memorial to bygone days. Its business centre buildings restored and maintained to preserve the architecture of is gold mining era. The stunning town centre has been used as a set for many films.
Many of Chiltern’s attractions are within easy walking distance of the town centre, including a picturesque park with BBQ facilities on Lake Anderson.
There are also bush walking tracks and bird watching spots in the surrounding National Park, a 12-hole golf course and close proximity to the other historic towns of the Indigo Shire region, Rutherglen, Wahgunyah, Beechworth and Yackandandah.
Chiltern makes the ideal base for a relaxing holiday in North East Victoria.
Chiltern has many historic buildings, three of which are owned by the National Trust, and many others on the National Register of historic buildings. Amongst them is The Star Hotel and Theatre, built in 1866, which gives a rare glimpse into our early miners at leisure. Here you can soak in the atmosphere from the theatre stage and explore fascinating memorabilia from days gone by. In the courtyard stands the largest grapevine in the Southern hemisphere, planted in 1867.
Visit Dow’s Pharmacy, a unique and fascinating dispensary and shop, established in 1859. The original façade has remained intact, but nothing can prepare you for inside with the intriguing collection of pharmaceutical equipment, all untouched since 1969 when it became National Trust property.
Make sure you leave plenty of time for the Chiltern Athenaeum Museum. Built in 1866, as the goldfields library, the building has also been the Council Chambers and Town Hall. This magnificent building demonstrates the earnest determination of our pioneers to establish a town built upon solid values. Today, its extensive collection of 19th century books and artwork remains for view.
Town Tour: Pick up a Chiltern touring guide at the Visitor Information Centre.