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  Chiltern, VIC – Walking Trails & Bird Watching

  • Chiltern is the premier birding location in southeast Australia with about 200 species spotted on a regular basis.
  • There are a number of walking trails through the Mt Pilot National Park
  • Visit in spring to see the turquoise parrot, regent honeyeater, barking owl and square-tailed kite.
  • Mt Pilot National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes the traditional Country of the Yorta Yorta Peoples
  • There are a number of established picnic sites located throughout the park, including Reedy Creek, a popular spot amongst campers and prospectors.
  • With well-formed vehicle tracks throughout the park, it's a wonderful place for short or day-long walks, cycling and horse-riding, as well as car and four-wheel drive touring. 
  • Visit Yeddonba – an important site for Aboriginal people – and you'll be able to view original Aboriginal rock art.

For the 10 best trails in the Mt Pilot National Park go to:

 Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

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  • Wangaratta is at the start of a 95-kilometre cycling and walking trail, carrying you up to the town of Bright in the Australian Alps.
  • This is the route of the Bright Railway Line, completed in 1890 and tracking the Ovens Valley for most of its course.
  • Now the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is a stunning outdoor experience, mixing beautiful mountainscapes and picture perfect valleys, with endless possibilities for detours at vineyards and gourmet food producers.
  • As a rail trail the gradients are mostly light, despite the mountainous scenery all around, and the path is sealed for almost the entirety of the route, so you’ll rarely have to contend with traffic
  • At Everton station you can also explore a spur taking you to the historic town of Beechworth, which is flush with heritage architecture.

Merriwa Park