Bridgewater

Overview

Bridgewater is located in North West Victoria on the Calder Highway just 30 minutes from Bendigo and two hours from Melbourne. This friendly rural community has a population of approximately 400 people including the nearby farms.

Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Loddon River, Bridgewater is rich in history, strong in character and full of interesting interesting locations. Bridgewater enjoys plenty of warm, sunny weather, clear star filled evenings and balmy summer nights.

History

Bridgewater was established as a crossing point for diggers en route to Inglewood diggings. A punt operated a mile below the present bridge and was used as a crossing by Cobb & Co. The Loddon River at this point was later used by diggers to wash their gold when scant water at Inglewood dried up or became silted by mining activity.

Chinese settlers established extensive market gardens along the river and supplied surrounding districts with fresh vegetables.

The river was permanently bridged in 1862-63. A brewery was established in the 1860s and several hotels were in existence by 1870s. A flour mill was opened in 1873, and in the same year a Railway League was formed and was successful in agitating for an extension of the line from Inglewood. The first train arrived in 1876. By the late 1880s, four cheese and butter factories had been established in the region.

Places of interest

Water Skiing, with Ski Jump (one of the few places left in Central Victoria)
Swimming Hole
Flour Mill
Solar Systems
Loddon River

Accommodation

Bridgewater on Loddon is a tourist town on the Loddon River. Accomodation is available at two Caravan Parks, Bridgewater Caravan Park and Bridgewater Tourist Park, in the form of powered and non-powered sites and self contained cabins for hire. There is the Bridgewater on Loddon Motel situated on the riverbanks. The Loddon Bridge Hotel has a wonderful beer garden overlooking the river.

For more information contact the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 03 5494 3489.

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Town statistics

Population 376
Distance from Melbourne 182 kilometres, 113 miles and 2 hours driving time
Road access Calder Highway

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