Chiltern is a fascinating small, historic village, built upon the solid values of its mining heritage. There are some 22 properties registered or owned by the National Trust in and around Chiltern.
Chiltern is renowned for fossicking, bird watching, cycling, walking, and browsing antiques and its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The quite diverse network of roads around Chiltern offers a variety of terrain for bike riders of all levels to thoroughly enjoy.
Surrounding Chiltern is 21,565 hectares of spectacular National Park, protecting several historic gold mining sites as well as magnificent flora and fauna. Within the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park is the Box-Ironbark Forest. We call it the ‘forgotten forest.’ This is where you’ll find our rare and endangered birds. More than 220 fauna species have been recorded in the area including the Regent Honeyeater, Swift and Turquoise Parrot, Square-tailed Kite and Peregrine Falcon, the Brush-tailed Phascogale or Tuan and Squirrel Glider.
Magenta mine was once one of the biggest gold mines in the Southern Hemisphere. In its time, it is said to have returned around 13,000 ounces of gold. Today, there is a walk and viewing area into the shaft.
Situated at the foot of Mount Pilot and located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Chiltern you’ll arrive at the ancient Yeddonba Aboriginal cultural site where a fascinating 45-minute interpretive walk introduces you to the traditional owners of the rocky outcrops, river flats and open plains of the area, as well as examples of their ancient rock art.
Chiltern is ideally located midway between the Rutherglen Wineries as well as the heritage town of Beechworth where you can indulge in the region’s best wines at Rutherglen and famous pastries from the Beechworth Bakery, while soaking in the history that surrounds the region.