Chiltern is a town in Victoria.
The area around Chiltern is the traditional lands of the Dhudhuroa people. The nearby Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site, in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, includes artworks created by the original inhabitants of the Chiltern area, including one ochre painting thought to represent a Thylacine, an animal now extinct and which has been extinct on mainland Australia for thousands of years.
The area of Chiltern was on the Wahgunyah cattle run and was known as Black Dog Creek. The township, named after the Chiltern Hills in England, was surveyed in 1853 but not established until gold discoveries in 1858-59 during the greater Victorian Gold Rush period. The Post Office opened on 1 September 1859.
Many of Chiltern's buildings are classified by the National Trust. In 1859, many shop-keepers and miners from around Beechworth and the Ovens Valley districts followed the rush and re-located into Chiltern.
Additionally, The Grape Vine Hotel, on the corners of Main Street and Conness Street, boasts the largest grapevine in Australia, planted in 1867.
Today, the town hosts an antique fair in August and an art show in June. The Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park lies close to the town. Golfers play at the Chiltern Golf Club on Howlong Road.
The winning clip of the 2009 J Award for Best Music Video of the Year, Alex Roberts' video for Art vs. Science's Parlez-vous Français?, was entirely shot in this town.
Several movies have also been shot using Chiltern's well-preserved Victorian-era streetscapes, including Walt Disney's 'Ride a Wild Pony'.
Visitor information centre
- 1 Chiltern Information Centre, 30 Main St, ☏ . 10AM-4PM Daily.
The railway station is serviced by V/Line services running between Melbourne and Albury.
From Wangaratta, it is a half an hour north via the M31 Hume Fwy and C381/C377 Beechworth Chiltern Road
Chiltern has a well preserved historic streetscape. It has been used for the production of several movies. It has a small museum, with enthusiastic curators who will gladly show you around.
Chiltern is a craft and antique shop kind of town.
There is a bakery on the corner of the main street. Other choices are the cafe or the pub.
There is an historic pub on the main corner.
- Wangaratta is not too far away, only half an hour southwest via the C377/C381 and M31
|Routes through Chiltern|
|END ← Albury-Wodonga ←||NE SW||→ Springhurst → Melbourne|
|Sydney ← Albury-Wodonga ←||NE SW||→ Wangaratta → Melbourne|