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Welcome to Charlton

Charlton is located in North Central Victoria on the Calder Highway midway between Melbourne and Mildura. It is situated in the valley of the Avoca River in the last of the foothills of the Victorian highlands. Charlton is the ‘Hub' for the surrounding communities being centrally located and providing easy access for day trips to the surrounding towns of Donald and Wycheproof. Charlton welcomes visitors to the town and invites all to stay a while and enjoy the river's natural beauty, our heritage style buildings and the town's friendly hospitality.


Enjoy the tranquility of the Wooroonook Lakes located 14 km west of the town on the Borung Highway. The lakes have powered sites, a toilet block and playground.

The Charlton Weir located 1 km to the north of the town provides water in the river for fishing, canoeing or just a relaxing walk along the banks of the River. The River frontage through Charlton Park is a natural wonderland of serenity and beauty, its river red gum and native bird life are probably Charlton's best kept secret.

Charlton Cemetery, 2km from town, on the Borung Highway offers an opportunity to research early settlers. A comprehensive list of internments is listed at the Cemetery's entrance.


The Travellers' Rest complex, situated on the Avoca River in the centre of town, provides excellent toilet facilities, a children's playground, picturesque picnic area with ample parking for cars, caravans and coaches and eight self contained caravan sites. Here you will also find river heights of Charlton's worst floods recorded beside the viewing platform.

Walk through the Travellers' Rest, across the swing bridge to Gordon Park which contains another playground, the Charlton Swimming Pool and a statue of a swagman, carved by chain saw artist Kevin Gilders from a stump of a pine tree.

Take time to inspect the bust of John Curtin, Australia's war time Prime Minister, and listen to the audio of his association with Charlton. As a school boy, Curtin attended the Charlton State School when his father was proprietor of the Golden Fleece Hotel.

View the "Big Fish" a memento of the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Premier Harvester manufactured at the Charlton Foundry in the early 1900's. The fish is a Kenya Broadbill Swordfish.

Charlton's Museum is situated at the west end of High Street in the Elliott Gardens, named in honour of a renowned officer of the Boer War and World War 1, Major General H. E. Elliott, who was born and raised at West Charlton. The Museum holds a comprehensive display of local historic photographs, documents and memorabilia and is open by request by phoning 03 5491 1359, 03 5491 1620, 03 5491 1244 or 03 5491 1636.

Information plaques have been attached to Charlton's historic shops and public buildings and a guided walk brochure is available at the museum and the Information Centre. A mural depicting our local history is displayed inside the Shire Hall and can be viewed by arrangement with the attendants at the Museum.

View the wood carvings at the new Catholic Church in Learmonth Street.


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  • East Charlton Hotel

    The East Charlton Hotel is located in High Street in the middle of the shopping precinct. The Hotel not only offers accommodation but is also home to Oogies cafe. Good meals food and drinks are available for the discerning traveler.

  • Foundry Palms Motel

    The Foundry Palms is a modern brick motel located on the corner of High Street and Learmonth Street and although right in the shopping precinct it offers off-street parking in a very private setting. The motel is identified by the lovely tall palm trees growing around it.

  • Gordon Park Camping Ground

    Gordon Park Camping Ground is located on the banks of the Avoca River at Charlton (Pop. 1,100). Approximately half way between Melbourne and Mildura on the Calder Highway. Amenities block and laundry, Camp kitchen, Pets welcome, Three minutes walk to Town Centre.

  • The Lodge Units

  • The Vale B&B

    The Vale B&B is a bed and breakfast located at the Junction of the Borung and Calder Highways on the Western Entrance to Charlton. It is a lovely historic building where you can sleep the night away in peace and enjoy lovely country hospitality.
  • Traveller's Rest Ensuite Caravan Park

    As well as the usual facilities, the park also has TV Antenna for better reception, a clothes line and a dump point for Mobile Home and self-contained van's effluent. There is also a Free camping area for self-contained Motorhomes/Caravans at the rear of the Park. The Park is set in the tranquil environment of the Avoca River which has two Gazebos, a free gas barbeque, a playground as well as tables and chairs.



BP Charlton
91 - 93 High St, Charlton
(03) 5491 1772

Tormey's IGA
28 High St, Charlton
(03) 5491 1909

Charlton Authorised Newsagency
69 High Street, Charlton
(03) 5491 1680

Charlton Post Office
68 High St, Charlton
(03) 5491 1654


Charlton Park Golf
12 Halliday Street, Charlton
(03) 5491 1618

Charlton Harness Racing Club
(03) 5491 1320 or (03) 5491 1308

Swimming Pool
Charlton has a swimming pool

Fishing - Charlton Weir
located 1 km to the north of the town, provides water in the river for fishing, canoeing or just a relaxing walk

Water Skiing
14 km west of Charlton, on the Borung Highway, is Lake Wooroonook.


Australia Day - January
Australia Day Lawn Tennis Tournament - January
Harness Racing, Pacing Cup - February
Jazz in July - July
Annual Golf Tournament - August
Bugsy's Hot Rod Weekend - August
Charlton A&P Society Show - October


For more information about Charlton visit or visit the Buloke Shire Council Website