Plan your next motorhome adventure through some of the most scenic countryside Victoria has to offer — the route from Macedon to the riverina region of Mildura. Along the way, stop in at an RV Friendly Town and enjoy discounted rates and excellent hospitality geared to those travelling in a motorhome.
WHAT IS AN RV-FRIENDLY TOWN?
The ‘RV Friendly Town’ program is an initiative of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), Australia’s largest RV member club RV Friendly Towns are acknowledged as being welcoming towards, and well set up for, RVers.
All official RV Friendly Towns are listed on the CMCA’s website and in the club’s monthly member magazine, The Wanderer. Towns are provided signage to indicate to RVers that they are an RV Friendly Town, and these are usually (but not always) displayed at the entrance to towns.
Here are a few suggested RV Friendly Towns to stop at on your way from Macedon to Mildura.
MACEDON TO MILDURA
From the charming hamlets of Macedon and nearby Woodend, located north of Melbourne, to the Murray Valley region of Mildura, this is a fabulous route for RVers who want to get away from it all and take in the best sights that Victoria’s NW region has to offer. Starting at the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross, to the famous Silo Trail from Rapanyup to Brim and on to the Sunraysia region of Mildura, these towns all provide a warm welcome for motorhome travellers.
Macedon is home to the most significant war memorial in Victoria, after the Shrine of Remembrance, the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross. Located 70km northwest of Melbourne, it’s a leisurely drive along the Calder Freeway to Macedon and the surrounding towns of Woodend, Kyneton and Malmsbury. Stay in Kyneton at the Mineral Springs Reserve on Burton Avenue where free permits are available for 48 hours.
Kyneton Visitor Information Centre: 127 High Street, (03) 5422 6110.
Camping: Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve: 48 hours, no charge, dump point, toilets, potable water, pets on lead.
Dump point: Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve, 200 Burton Ave.
A 2.5-hour drive drive from Macedon in the Wimmera region is St Arnaud, a former gold mining town situated between the historic towns of Avoca, also home to acclaimed winery Blue Pyrenees Estate, and Donald. The town, named in honour of the commander of the French Forces in the Crimean War Jacques Leroy de St Arnaud Marshal of France, is quite famous for its many well-preserved historic buildings and a higher than average number of pubs so it’s the perfect place to stop and refuel before hitting the Silo Trail at Rupanyup. The St Arnaud Caravan Park is the ideal location to stop, with all facilities provided including potable water. There’s also long-term parking at Teddington Reservoir and Lake Batyo Catyo, all facilities, no pets.
St Arnaud Visitor Information Centre: 4 Napier Street, (03) 5495 1268.
Camping: St Arnaud Caravan Park, 5 Runge Road: All facilities provided.
Dump point: Lord Nelson Park, Dunstan St.
On the way to Warracknabeal, be sure to stop in and see the amazing painted silos at Rupanyup, Minyip and Sheep Hills. This town is a great place to visit for RV travellers with attractions including the Wheatland Museum and the picturesque Yarriambiack Creek. It’s also the perfect RV friendly town to take a break from the Silo Trail before heading on to Brim, Roseberry, Lascelle and Patchewollock. Casual parking is available in Jamouneau St and the Warracknabeal Caravan Park on Lyle St has short and long-term parking. Unpowered sites are $15 per vehicle per night and powered sites are $20 per vehicle per night, including dump point access and potable water.
Warracknabeal Visitor Information Centre: 119 Scott Street, (03) 5398 1632.
Camping: Warracknabeal Caravan Park: Powered ($20) and unpowered ($15) sites available, all facilities provided including dump point and potable water.
Dump point: Warracknabeal Caravan Park, Lyle St.
From Warracknabeal, head through the RV Friendly town of Hopetoun before driving 50km to the tiny town of Patchewollock — the last stop on the Silo Trail. From there, call in at the RV friendly Ouyen for supplies, before the leisurely 150km drive into the Sunraysia region. Mildura is world famous for its oranges, so make sure you stop in at Orange World, one of the biggest attractions in the area, or some local farmers markets. Stay at Red Cliffs Golf Club in the small town of Red Cliffs, just outside Mildura. It has 48-hour parking for $10 per self-contained vehicle per night, pets are allowed and there are toilets.
Information Centre: 274 Twenty Second St, Red Cliffs (03) 5024 1531
Camping: Red Cliffs Golf Club: $10 per self-contained vehicle per night payable at the club or in donation box, 48 hours, pets on lead, mobile phone coverage, toilets and barbecues.
Dump point: Inquire at the Golf Club.