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Welcome to Charlton

Charlton is a charming tree lined town situated on the banks of the Avoca River. At three hour’s drive from both Melbourne and Mildura, it’s a perfect place to break up a long drive. With excellent accommodation, Charlton is also the perfect place to stay for a few days and explore the local and surrounding areas. So, whether it’s for five minutes, a couple of hours or overnight, enjoy the river’s natural beauty, our heritage style buildings, vibrant shopping precinct 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.

Use Charlton as your base to visit the Silo Art Trail, the largest outdoor gallery in Australia. Currently stretching for over 200 kilometres, it links the six towns of. Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Lascelles and Patchewollock. The silo art acknowledges the area’s ancient indigenous roots as well as its history as one of Australia’s most important grain growing areas.


The Travellers' Rest complex, situated on the Avoca River in the centre of town, provides excellent toilet facilities, a children's playground, bocce court, 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. View the "Big Fish", (a Kenya Broadbill), a memento of the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Premier Harvester manufactured at the Charlton Foundry in the early 1900's.

Walk through the Travellers' Rest, across the swing bridge over the Avoca River to Gordon Park which contains another large playground, skatepark, the Charlton Swimming Pool and a statue of a swagman, carved by chain saw artist Kevin Gilders from a stump of a pine tree. A 500 metre paved walking track will lead you along the water’s edge amongst the river red gums. Along the way read the interpretive signs detailing the local birdlife.

Charlton’s High Street has many delightful shops and eateries to enjoy. Café’s, pubs, clothing, antiques and giftware are in abundance. Walking along the street you will find displays and plaques illustrating the history of the township, as well as a bronze bust and audio history of former Charlton resident, Prime Minister John Curtin.

The heart of Charlton’s High Street is The Rex – an original Art Deco cinema that has been community owned since 2007 and is fully run and operated by dedicated volunteers. As well as weekly screenings of current films and other special events and live performances throughout the year, The Rex hosts the annual Charlton Film Festival in February. See what’s screening this week at

At the western end of High Street, you will find war memorials for the Boer War, WW1, WW2 and the Vietnam War. In the Elliott Gardens a bronze bust and information on Major General Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott is located. Pompey was one of WW1s most famous and loved generals and was born and raised in West Charlton. Also located in these gardens is the Golden Grains Museum, housed in the former Mechanics Institute. This award-winning museum has a large collection of memorabilia and photographs dating back to Charlton’s early pioneering days. For opening hours visit

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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 traveller.

  • Foundry Palms Motel

    The Foundry Palms is 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 Caravan Park

    Set in the tranquil environment of the Avoca River, this caravan park caters for all styles of camping and is right in the centre of town. It has 8 ensuite sites with their own patch of grass and a TV antenna. Powered and non-powered sites are available as well as a RV Dollarwise Park with dump point. A camp kitchen and tidy amenities are complimented by two gazebos, a free gas barbeque, playground and bocce court. A manager is located onsite.



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