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Welcome to Donald

Donald is a small country town with a lively spirit. A 3 hour drive north west of Melbourne, this is one town you don't want to miss.


Lake Buloke has an area of 11,000 hectares and is great for duck shooting, fishing and bird watching when it has water. Brush Lake Tours focuses on the ecology of Lake Buloke and surrounds and is a 2 hour tour for 1 - 3 people. This tour is especially recommended in Springtime. See the regeneration of native trees and grasses, huge nests of Wedge-Tailed Eagles and learn of the lake's biodiversity. Contact Bruce Dunn on 03 5497 2155 to book a tour.

Granite Rocks Reserve is 4 hectares of Crown land featuring an outcrop of large granite rocks overlooking a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding farmlands. Historically the Granite Rocks was a picnic area for the community. This is also encouraged today, with picnic tables and of course a playground of granite rocks for children to enjoy climbing over.

20km north of Donald is the Mount Jeffcott Wildflower Reserve. It is ideal for both hiking and 4WD with its rare trees and plant specimens. If you have a 4WD, you can drive to the summit from where you can view the district. As weather conditions and seasons can affect the tracks, please contact Park Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit their website for up to date information on track closures and fire danger.


If its history you're looking for, Donald definitely has one. Visit the Agricultural Museum, adjacent to the Sporting Complex or the Donald Archives in Main Street near Butcher Shop (Open when sign is out. Telephone 03 5497 2287) The Court House historical displays, next to the Post Office will also give you a great idea of life in the early days of Donald.

Be sure to drop in to George and Jo's at 98 - 102 Woods Street for second hand goods, collectables and new gifts.

When the kids need a little time to run around, the Lions Train Park is perfect. Located near Donald Primary School and Sporting Complex, the kids can play in the playground and the train. BBQ facilities are available. Another beautiful park is the Apex Park adjacent to the Hospital and Bridges.

Donald is also home to Kooka's Country Cookies. These delicious Australian owned and made cookies are a home style biscuit with hand-made country appeal and are regarded as "The taste of Country Australia". Make sure you stop in as you travel the Sunraysia Highway for some scrumptious treats.


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  • Donald Caravan Park

    Donald Caravan Park offers 42 Powered Sites, Dogs allowed on leash, Free BBQ and Disabled Toilet Facilities and a dump point situated on the foreshore of a lovely small fishing lake.

  • Donald Hotel

  • Donald Motor Lodge

    Situated in the heart of town, Donald Motor Inn is in easy walking distance to the river & restaurants. 12 modern & 1 disabled unit. Reverse cycle a/c, electric blankets, fridge, mini bar, tea/coffee, alarm clock, D/D phone, microwave, flat screen TV's, DVDs available, Airport shuttle, BBQ, Charge Back from local restaurants, Disabled Facilities, Residential Liquor License, laundry, environmentally Friendly, Non-smoking property, On-site parking, Playground, Restaurant/s, Room service - limited, Wheelchair accessible, Animal friendly, Members of the Golden chain.

  • Donald Riverside Motel

    Donald Riverside Motel is situated on the banks of the Richardson River. Come stay for awhile and experience the beauty of nature on your doorstep.

    Hosts Mark and Christine Worden

  • Mount Jeffcott Hotel

  • The Bullock's Head Tavern

    Was refurbished and re-opened in 2012 so is great place to stay while visiting Donald. The tavern provides good meals and drinks is located adjacent to the famous Donald Richardson River Walking Track while still in the main retail part of town.

  • The Bullocks Head Appartments

    Centrally located in Donald’s original Power Station overlooking the Richardson River, this converted warehouse feature modern, fully self contained, two bedroom apartments.



BP Donald
104 Wood Street, Donald
03 5497 1150

Atlas Fuels - Mobil
5 Woods Street, Donald
(03) 5497 1655

Weirs IGA
41-43 Woods Street, Donald
(03) 5497 1110


Donald offers many facilities including Donald Golf Club which offers an 18 hole, 70 Par course, Outdoor heated swimming pool during summer, fishing and Horse Racing at Wimmera Racing.


Australia Day and Citizen of the Year Presentation - January
Field and Game Poacher’s Weekend - March
Labour Day Tennis Tournament - March
Donald Annual Show - October
Annual Family Guy Fawkes Night - November
Strawberry Fete - November
Races featuring the Donald Cup - November
Carols in the Park - December


For more information about Donald go to or visit the Buloke Shire Council Website.

Visitors Information Centre
Next to Johno's Cafe at the north end of town
27 Woods Street
(03) 5497 1707