Cache #: 13
Location: Hutchinson Street, Bonnie Doon
Access: All Vehicles, 24/7
Facilities: Roadside Parking
A geocache located at the township of Bonnie Doon in Central Victoria made famous by the movie 'The Castle' in 1997. The movies greatest legacy is the lasting term 'Serenity' used of Bonnie Doon.
Bonnie Doon is a small tourist town located in the Mansfield Shire with a population of around 750 people. It is 21 km from Mansfield, 47 km from Alexandra, 71 km from Eildon and 168 km from Melbourne on the Maroondah Highway.
Originally called 'Doon', Bonnie Doon grew into a booming township when gold was discovered in the district in the late 1860s. In 1891 a rail branch line was opened between Tallarook and Mansfield. The branch line ran though the old Bonnie Doon township. In 1957 the capacity of the Sugarloaf Weir was increased tenfold with the opening of the 'Big Eildon' Dam Project. The old townships of Bonnie Doon and Darlingford were submerged by this upgrade and the new township of Bonnie Doon was established just above the high water line to the south. New rail and road bridges were built as a part of this upgrade. In 1978 the railway line was closed by the State Government.
Lake Eildon GeoTour:
Australia's first GeoTour is held in one of Australia's most feature rich locations. Lake Eildon, located in the state of Victoria, is known for its fishing, water based activities and beautiful bushland surroundings and natural features. It's also known for its arts, crafts, eateries and townships.
The Lake Eildon GeoTour is designed to be completed over a number of days with several areas selected for their excellent food and places to stop and rest. Please see our GeoTour Companion (download below) for full details on distances and expected travel times.
The GeoTour includes five different types of geocaches and ends with a puzzle that is solved by gathering information while finding the other caches. These questions can be found on the on the passport (download below) and the final cache page.
Lake Eildon GeoTour Passport
Lake Eildon GeoTour Companion
Lake Eildon GeoTour Website