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Rush Dam Camping Area

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Camp Road, Kamarooka VIC 3570

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This basic free camping area sits alongside Rush Dam in the Greater Bendigo National Park, featuring a single picnic table and wood fire barbecue. 

There are lots of clear areas around this spot to set up camp, and the area is popular for gold prospecting. 

The small dam is pretty when full of water and makes a great area for bushwalking, but it may dry up through late summer. 

Gold puddler at Rush Dam

The interesting remains of a gold puddling machine lies directly beside the picnic area. 

The puddler still has its central post present, making this an excellent example of its kind. 

Gold prospecting around Rush Dam

Gold prospecting is permitted throughout most of the Greater Bendigo National Park, including the area around Rush Dam. 

Take a look at this prospecting map from Parks Victoria to see which parts of the National Park are okay for prospecting. 

Always be wary of where you are walking while prospecting in the Greater Bendigo National Park as there are deep open mine shafts throughout the area. 

Local gold prospecting shops, tours and training


Geological map of the Bendigo gold field which shows historical features in superb detail, including mine shafts/companies, gullies, lines of reef, dams, and sand heaps. Originally prepared in the Bendigo Office, Mines Department, 1923. High quality, durable A1 print in a satin finish. Large, 594 x 891 mm. Go to online shop.



  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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