A few minutes’ drive from Bright, this is the beautiful valley of the Buckland River. Nestled at the base of Mount Buffalo the valley is dotted with dairy and alpaca farms, vineyards, nut groves and orchards, as well as some of the best boutique accommodation in the North East...
The river is also an angler’s paradise, home to abundant stocks of trout and other fish species.
It’s hard to imagine now but this peaceful place was once a thriving gold mining township and the site of one of the most infamous incidents of the Victorian Gold Rush era. In 1857 a simmering resentment by European miners towards the thousands of Chinese in the valley boiled over into a full scale riot resulting in the expulsion of the Chinese from the Buckland goldfields. A memorial to the Chinese gold miners can be visited today at the historic Buckland Valley Cemetery.
Buckland Valley Must Do's...
- Pitch a tent by the river and experience the joys of bush camping
- Indulge in a romantic getaway at The Buckland Luxury Retreat: thebuckland.com.au
- Take a dip in the popular Sinclair's Swimming Hole
- Catch a fish for dinner
- Visit the Chinese Memorial at the Buckland Valley Cemetery
- Enjoy a lazy picnic by the river at the Buckland Valley picnic area
- Try panning for gold in the Buckland River
- Keep an eye out for days gone by with plenty of signs of the gold rush days