What To See
Bacchus Marsh is a day-trippers delight - only an hour from Melbourne. In fact there’s so much to see plan to spend a couple of days.
Taste your way around pick-your-own orchards and market stalls in the Avenue of Honour and explore the township via its myriad of walking and cycling trails.
There’s nothing more picturesque than a short spin along the Werribee River on the Peppertree Walk. It’s a feast for the senses: air filled with the fragrance of peppercorns and gums and scenery filled with fields of colourful market gardens.
A tour through the historic township of Bacchus Marsh will introduce you to the Blacksmiths Cottage, the church where Captain Moonlite was a lay preacher, and the historic Maddingley Park, all within the beautiful tree lined Avenues.
When you’ve had your fill of Bacchus Marsh set off on a spectacular geological and nature based adventure of the surrounding State Parks. Visit Werribee Gorge, Lerderderg Gorge and the unique flora and fauna of the Long Forest Nature Reserve, all located within a ten minute drive from the heart of Bacchus Marsh.
A little further a field explore the beautiful wildflower filled Brisbane Ranges.
Visitors to Bacchus Marsh should make the Visitor Information Centre their first stop. The friendly and helpful staff will introduce you to the wealth of attractions on offer.
Find something different
Looking for something a little different…that extra bit of local history…the out of the way hidden gems? Start your hunt in The Moon Reserve in the Avenue of Honour. Find out about The Avenue and Victoria Cross recipient, Rupert Vance Moon, follow the Avenue of Honour River Walk around the market gardens, watch growers at work, and absorb the sights and sounds of life in the Avenue.
Look out for Ta Pinu Marian Centre on the rocky outcrops overlooking Bacchus Marsh. Ta Pinu includes the Stations of the Cross, the Shrine in honour of Our Lady- Ta Pinu, and a replica of the original chapel at Ta Pinu Basilica on the island of Gozo, off Malta.
For lovers of mother earth and all things geological there is plenty to explore: the gorges, glacial valleys, the Rowsley Fault and even the tiny Triassic Park Council Trench Reserve where you’ll see a piece of Victoria’s only Triassic Age rocks (250 million years old). Formations from a time when dinosaurs roamed.
There’s also a ‘golden’ story about “them there hills”. Take your imagination back in time, visit MacKenzies Flat picnic grounds on the Lerderderg River and reminisce about Peg Leg Pete and our gold rush heritage.
What to see
- Avenue of Honour
- Maddingley Park
- Blacksmiths Cottage
- Historic buildings
- Werribee Gorge
- Lerderderg River
- Long Forest Nature Reserve
- Aerial sightseeing
What to find
- Fruit stalls
- Our Lady Ta Pinu - Marian Centre
- Walking trails
- Captain Moonlite - Bushranger
- Peg Leg Pete
Who to meet
- Bruno Tassone - Vigneron
- John Hanna - Historian VIC
- Jeff Jones - Orchardist