Explore Chiltern


Chiltern is a perfectly preserved gold-rush era town, built in the late 1850's when diggers tried their luck on the goldfields and fortunes were made and lost.

Their legacy is a streetscape of wide verandahs and historic buildings that tell the stories of European settlers and gold miners. Modern-day Chiltern is a peaceful haven nestled in the hills of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.

Visitors to Chiltern will experience a shared affection for the past, with all the benefits of good old-fashioned hospitality and warmth.


The stunning Swift Parrot, captured beautifully by bird photographer Gary Dickson, is a critically endangered species endemic to south-eastern Australia. Known for their vibrant green and red plumage, these nomadic parrots rely on the flowering of eucalyptus trees for nectar. 

During the colder months, the Swift Parrot can be found in the Box Ironbark forests of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. Drop in to the Chiltern Visitor Information centre to pick up maps and tips for the best bird watching locations in the national park. 

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There’s no denying Chiltern is a very humble country town, but scrape the surface and you’ll discover history, culture and natural beauty you won’t see anywhere else in the world!

Originally a mining town, the streets of Chiltern have been beautifully preserved and restored to give visitors a clear vision of the town back in its heyday. Proudly home to 21 buildings registered or owned by the National Trust, Chiltern has even starred in several motion pictures for its effortless authenticity.

To best see the town, grab a map of the Rex Fuge Historical Walk from the Chiltern Visitor Information Centre and take a stroll around Chiltern's charming streets.
Chiltern is one of the premier bird-watching areas in southern Australia. The district has exceptional bird diversity due to the high quality of habitat protected in the Chiltern National Park and surrounds, and the location of the district on the boundary of two distinct bioregions – the drier woodlands of the inland and wetter mountain forests.

More than 220 species have been recorded at Chiltern, 180 of them residents or regular visitors.

Highlights are threatened woodland species such as Regent Honeyeater (pictured), Swift Parrot, Turquoise Parrot and Square-tailed Kite.

Bird Trails of Chiltern, a 13-page guide to bird watching in Chiltern by Barry Traill, is available free of charge from the Chiltern Visitor Information Centre.
It's set to be beautiful weather in Chiltern this weekend. ☀️

The Chiltern-Mt Pilot National park is a serene spot to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and take in the stunning 360-degree view of the national park below.

After your walk, head back into town for a wander down the main street and a bite to eat at one of the many local eateries.