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Shadbolts Picnic Area

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Eaglehawk-Neilborough Road, Woodvale VIC 3556

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  • Picnic tables
  • Walking tracks
  • Toilets
This picnic area enjoys a peaceful bushland setting in the Greater Bendigo National Park, featuring several interesting walking tracks and a scenic (but seasonal) water channel. 

Visitor facilities at Shadbolts Picnic Area

Several picnic tables are dispersed around a clearing, and a large gravel parking area provides plenty of room for multiple groups of visitors.

A toilet is located over the other side of the channel, which is crossed via a small steel bridge. 

A sign alongside the narrow channel warns that the water is recycled and unsuitable for swimming, drinking or fishing. 

History of Shadbolts Picnic Area

The picnic ground is named after Jack Shadbolt who owned the first eucalyptus distillery in the district. 

The distillery supplied the red cross with eucalyptus oil during WW1, and was located here at the foot of Flagstaff Hill where the picnic ground lies today.

Bushwalking at Shadbolts Picnic Area

There are two walks heading out from Shadbolts Picnic Area:

Flagstaff Hill Walk
1.1 km, 30 min return

Old Tom Mine Walk
5.5 km, 2.5 hr return

Gold prospecting around Shadbolts Picnic Area

Gold prospecting is permitted throughout most of the Greater Bendigo National Park, including the bush around Shadbolts Picnic Area. 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

More to explore nearby


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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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