Just a few minutes by road from Bright or easy 5km peddle on the purpose-built cycle trail, this picture-perfect village on Morse’s Creek is tucked away in a jewel of a valley patch-worked with apple orchards and nut groves.
In the 1860s Wandiligong teemed with gold miners and in its heyday its 2000-strong population built schools, churches, shops, a public library and hotels. Many still stand and today the entire town and its landscape are National Trust-classified.
The Diggings Walk with its Chinese Swing Bridge is a great way to discover the history of this magical little town.
Chinese Swing Bridge
In 2003 the Wandiligong community put in place a swing bridge to commemorate the contribution of the Chinese. The bridge spans Morses Creek in the locality known as The Diggings, and it has been crafted to reflect a traditional Chinese design. Look out for it near the site of the main Chinese miner's camp. It can be accessed from Centenary Ave, via a short walk in the Diggings.
Wandiligong Must Do's...
- The fantastic Wandi Nut Festival held each autumn: brightvic.com/wandinutfestival
- Getting lost in Australia’s largest living hedge maze and reward yourself with their famous sponge cakes when you find the exit
- The Diggings gold history walk
- Pedalling or walking Bennett’s Trail along Morse’s Creek from Bright to Wandiligong
- Stock up on seasonally available apples and chestnuts at Nightingale Bros
- Lets the kids play in the Alpine Park
- Immerse yourself in a little history at the Chinese Memorial Swing Bridge
- Try your luck at fly fishing in Morses Creek
- Pick your own Chestnuts, enjoy home made pizza at Wandiful Produce