Location

Camp Seed is located in the historic town of Stuart Mill, on the Sunraysia Highway, mid-way between Avoca and St. Arnaud. We are approximately 100kms from Ballarat or Bendigo, and 220km from Melbourne CBD.

Our address is:

7 Church Street, Stuart Mill VIC.
 

Stuart Mill

The township of Stuart Mill sits at the base of the 13,900ha St Arnaud Range National Park.

"St Arnaud Range National Park features mainly steep, forested terrain and is an ideal place to experience what the forests of Central Victoria were like before the gold rushes. The rocky ridge tops in the park offer fine views for bushwalkers and four-wheel-drive tourers, and there are ample opportunities for hiking in the steep and rugged terrain. The Upper Teddington Reservoir is a peaceful place for picnics..."

"The park contains one of the largest and relatively intact areas of box-ironbark vegetation in Victoria, and its large, hollow-bearing trees provide significant habitat for threatened species such as the Powerful Owl and Brush-tailed Phascogale.

It's also important habitat for nectar-feeding species that prefer to forage from large trees, including Australia's nationally endangered Swift Parrot. In September the forest lights up with the flowering of Australia's floral emblem, the Golden Wattle.

At other times of the year look for patches of Gold-dust Wattle, Gorse Bitter-pea and orchids.

Wildlife to look out for includes Feathertail Gliders, Diamond Firetails, Tree Goannas, Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Speckled Warblers and Marbled Geckos."

 

The Park offers great four-wheel-drive and trail bike trails, such as the Teddington Track. The Teddington Reservoirs provide a good location for fishing, with brown trout and redfin commonly being caught.

The Matarangi Stud offers rides on their quarter horses. Contact John Rahaley for details.

The Region

Stuart Mill is situated in the Northern Grampians Shire and is located near the Pyrenees wine district.

History

Aboriginal people are believed to have inhabited the area for approximately 13,000 years.

The region was settled in the 1830's, with large sheep runs across the region.

Gold was found in the Pyrenees Ranges near Avoca in 1849. The Camp Seed grounds contained a working gold mine that produced over 424oz (~12kg) of gold.

In 1868 a vineyard was established just outside of Beaufort, but ceased commercial operation in the 1870's. A vineyard and winery commenced operations in Avoca in 1887 and ran until the 1920's. In 1963 a vineyard was planted just outside Avoca and became the Blue Pyrenees Estate. Since then the wine industry has continued to expand, with over 30 wineries operating in the region.

Townships
St Arnaud

Just 15 minutes to the North of Stuart Mill, the town of St Arnaud contains many buildings reminiscent of the gold rush era. It is also home to the oldest fire station in Victoria.

St Arnaud contains the closest shops to Stuart Mill, with a supermarket, bottle shops, hardware and cafes with delicious food and great coffee.

Avoca

Gateway to the Pyrenees. If traveling from Melbourne, it is the last chance to stop to pick up any last-minute supplies before reaching Stuart Mill and Camp Seed.

Maryborough

A thriving town with a lively main street. Nice route for return journey to Melbourne via Clunes and Daylesford.

Wineries

With over 30 wineries with cellar doors in the Pyrenees, there is never a shortage of a good drop.