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Inglewood-Powlett Road, Inglewood VIC 3517

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This scenic reservoir lies on the outskirts of Inglewood and is a great place to spend the afternoon bushwalking, fishing, swimming or picnicking. 

Situated right alongside the Botanical Gardens Reserve, the reservoir features a walking track, historical gold diggings, old water settling ponds, and picnic facilities located a short walk from the water. 

Picnics at Inglewood Reservoir

Picnic facilities are located in the Botanical Gardens Reserve, where visitors will find picnic tables, wood fire barbecues, and a gazebo, and toilets. 

Several beautiful wooden carvings have been created using large tree stumps, and you can embark on the Inglewood Reservoir Track from here. 

You will also find plenty of places around the reservoir itself to lay out a picnic blanket beneath the shade of a tree. 

Fishing at Inglewood Reservoir

Inglewood Reservoir was recently stocked (March 2021) with Golden Perch, and there are plenty of great spots along the shore to set up for an afternoon of fishing. 

Birdwatching at Inglewood Reservoir

This is also a great spot for birdwatching, with regular sightings of Musk Lorikeet, Chestnut Teal, White-browed Babbler, Rainbow Bee-eater, Noisy Miner, and more

Inglewood Reservoir Track

  • Distance: 1.5 - 2 km long, depending on which route you choose
  • Difficulty: Grade 2, no bushwalking experience required
  • Features: Historical Botanical Gardens, wooden carvings, views across the reservoir, old gold diggings, old water settling ponds, multiple pet graves, wildlife

Getting to Inglewood Reservoir

Inglewood Reservoir is located along Inglewood-Powlett Road, to the left as you are leaving Inglewood. 

You can either park in the Botanical Gardens Reserve and wander across the adjacent reservoir (via the signed walking track), or you can continue past the Botanical Gardens Reserve and take one of the dirt roads on the left down to the water. 

Please note that a 4wd may be required on these dirt roads in wet conditions, but a 2wd will make it in fine when it is dry. 

If you continue past the Inglewood Reservoir on Inglewood-Powlett Road you will soon find the turnoff to Rose Hill on your left, where you can drive to the top and get stunning views over the surrounding mountains, fields and bushland. 

More information

A sign at the adjacent Botanical Gardens Reserve displays a map of the walking track around the reservoir, along with the following text:

Inglewood Reservoir Track

Inglewood is perhaps the most charismatic town of the region, with its remarkably well preserved streetscape and many fine old buildings scattered across the town. 

Once an important gold mining centre with a population of up to 50,000, the number is now closer to around 1000 residents. The town was first surveyed in 1860 but in 1862 most of the buildings were destroyed by fire. The district has a long history of extracting high quality eucalyptus oil from the locally abundant Blue Mallee (Eucalyptus polybractea) and is often referred to as the 'Blue Eucy' town. Originally constructed to secure water supply for the town, the reservoir became redundant when the town was connected to the Loddon System via a treatment plant near Bridgewater. In 2009 a pipe was laid connecting the reservoir to the recreation reserve on the southern side of town, to keep the grounds in a playable condition. The track around the reservoir provides for a pleasant stroll of 1.5 - 2.0 km depending on the route chosen. 

Things to see

The trail commences at the old Botanic Gardens though only a few of the original pines remain. Skilled hands have created interesting and colourful carvings in the trunks of the older trees that died in the recent drought, with one featuring a lone Nankeen Night Heron that was fond of perching in the tree.

Just to the south of the car park you may detect the remnants of some small ponds; try to visualise the hospital patients that were once brought here to enjoy the environment and aid recuperation. 

Heading north along the track to the reservoir you'll notice the many small mounds beneath the stands of Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) that provide testament to the activities associated with 'gold fever' that gripped this area in the past.

As you complete the trail around the reservoir be alert for wildlife such as the many small birds, lizards and frogs that are attracted to insects living around the Reservoir. Fine stands of stout Melaleuca shrubs can be seen including Totem Poles (Melaleuca decussata) and Violet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca wilsonii). In early Spring the squat rough wattles (Acacia aspera) carpet the trail with yellow blossoms. 

Advice for walkers

This is a Grade 2 track; no bushwalking experience is required. Short linear walks to the dam wall or loops around the reservoir may be completed. You may encounter snakes, insects, fallen tree limbs, wire and glass. Parts of the track may be muddy and slippery at times with uneven ground near the diggings. Be particularly careful around the steep embankments of the reservoir wall. 

Temperatures can be very high in the summer: be sure to carry water, wear a hat and apply sunscreen. Toilets, picnic facilities, water and BBQs are available at the old Botanic Gardens.

For further information on walking tracks in Loddon contact Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 03 5494 3489 or Loddon Shire Council on 03 5494 1200. May 2014


Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park

Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park is a 10 acre bush park privately owned and managed by Jerry and Pauline Wellman in the gorgeous gold-rush town of Inglewood, Victoria. The park is within walking distance to cafes, shops and hotel entertainment, and is surrounded by State Forests. Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park is a popular destination for tourists and is located within the renowned Golden Triangle - a region of the Victorian Goldfields which is world famous for the size, purity, and quantity of gold nuggets found in the area. 

Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel

Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel offers classic country hospitality in the heart of Wedderburn, providing the perfect base for visitors to explore the beautiful Loddon Valley, the region's significant historical goldfields, and the surrounding towns of Inglewood, Bridgewater and Boort. Located two and a half hours from Melbourne and one hour from Bendigo, Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel is the perfect destination for your next getaway.


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!


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