Saint Arnaud Travel Guide

  • Saint Arnaud
    by balhannah
  • St. Arnaud fire station
    St. Arnaud fire station
    by balhannah
  • St. Arnaud fire station
    St. Arnaud fire station
    by balhannah

Saint Arnaud Things to Do

  • FOUNTAIN AND SCULPTURE + WAR MEMORIAL

    Located in the park beside the Town Hall complex, is a rather nice sculpture of a child dipping his toes in the pond. A small waterfall completes the scene. This was presented to the town, as a gift from the Bank of Victoria, celebrating 100years of participation in the community. The War Memorial is located in the Park. Built out of red marble,...

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  • BANK OF VICTORIA

    No 26, was across the road from the Old Post Office. This looked liked a private house, which it is today, but back in 1861, the Bank of Victoria was located here, and was one of the first Banks in St. Arnaud. Not an impressive building like I have seen in many gold rush towns, just a plain Victorian Regency building, established here in 1861 and...

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  • OLD POST OFFICE

    No 27 on the heritage walk, was the old Post & Telegraph Office. This building operated as a Post Office from 1866 until 1924, with separate entrances in Millett and Napier Streets. It is built in Victorian Romanesque style, then a second storey was added for the Postmaster to live. The clock tower never came to fruition.Since 1925, the building...

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  • LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN - READ THE SIGNS!

    I found St. Arnaud had some very different sights and attractive buildings that weren't on my heritage walk list.I saw Chimneys which were quite unusual, they reminded of ones I had seen in England. The signage brought some grins, especially the "pig poo" for sale sign in a shop window, you are definitely in the country here! I also liked the "Hen...

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  • ST. ARNAUD NEWS AGENCY

    Still going strong today!At stop 12 on the heritage walk, the News Agency in Napier street is another building built in Federation Free Classical style. James Rowe arrived in St. Arnaud in 1874 and set up a newsagency in a weatherboard shop on the site. The new stylish brick building was built in 1897. Since 1927, many kinds of businesses have...

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  • THE OLD VICTORIA INN

    This is another beautiful building to view on the heritage walk.The Inn is built in Victorian Filigree style. It has a bull nosed verandah, beautiful cast iron lacework and many exterior fittings and features. The ground floor carriage entrance features cast iron gates.The Inn now operates as a Motel. It is centrally located on the town's main...

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  • LONDON CHARTERED BANK

    This Bank opened in 1889, as the London Chartered Bank. Today, it is still operating as a Bank, now the ANZ Bank.It is constructed in a Victorian Domestic Gothic design. On the interpretive sign it said "A reporter from the St. Arnaud Mercury claimed the strong room “is large enough to hold about as much money as the whole of the United Kingdom...

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  • BOTANICAL HOTEL

    Located on the opposite corner to the Fire Station, is a really beautiful Hotel. In 1857, a rough building in slab and bark stood here, then known as the Jones Family Hotel and Store. This building was destroyed by fire in 1905, and a new two-storey hotel of locally-made wire cut bricks was built. This building is now known as the "Botanical Hotel,...

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  • SCOTS CHURCH

    Scot's Church is an attractive Church located next to Queen Mary Botanic Gardens.Early church services were held in homes and hired halls, until the council granted land for the church and manse. It is built in the red & cream like many buildings are in St. Arnaud, had a slate roof and impressive bell tower and spire.Stop 24.

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  • QUEEN MARY BOTANIC GARDENS

    A lovely park in St. Arnaud, is the Queen Mary Botanic gardens. A very pleasant area to walk around or to sit at one of the benches and feed the Ducks. They must be fed often, as when I walked past, they soon sailed across the lake to where I was, sorry, no food from me!The park was landscaped in 1889, and not only does it have the ornamental Lake,...

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  • CRONES BUILDINGS

    Crones buildings, named after James Crone who set up a Butcher's shop in St. Arnaud. His business prospered, and so Crone's buildings were built and no expense was spared. The result is a gorgeous two storey Federation Filigree design, with the balcony featuring elaborate cast iron lacework, turned timber columns and a bull-nosed veranda. Stop 11...

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  • NAPIER STREET SHOPS

    Step back in time as you walk and window shop in Napier Street. No fancy dress models in the windows here, just the old fashioned way of hanging clothes on coathangers hooked into the peg- board along the shop wall.Napier street is full of Victorian and Federation commercial buildings, a legacy of the prosperity firstcreated by a land boom in the...

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  • TOWN HALL COMPLEX

    Next is stop 8 on the heritage walk, and it's infront of the massive Town Hall Complex.Even though it was 1855 when the town of St. Arnaud was founded by gold miners, it was not officially a town until 1950. It was on August 28, 1869, the Mayor laid the foundation stone of the building, built in red brick with a white brick base and granite steps....

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  • THE OLD POST BOX

    I don't have to move far to view stop 6, as it is the cast iron post box located outside the Fire Station. This type of Post box, was used around Melbourne from 1860 until 1920. Now, only 200 of them remain.This was the only one of its type in St. Arnaud.

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  • KARA KARA SHIRE OFFICES

    Stop 4 on the walk, is at the Kara Kara Shire Offices which now are where you can enjoy a coffee in a heritage listed building. It's said to be a rare example of a Federation-style local government building in rural Victoria that is still virtually intact. Built in 1902 from local bricks, it was used as the administrative centre until 1996.

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  • THE COURT HOUSE

    Stop 2, is the St Arnaud Court House next to the Info centre which still is being used today for local offendors. It's built in Victorian Free Classical style, in red brick like many of the buildings in St. Arnaud. Originally there was just a court and three ancillary rooms, then between 1882–83, a veranda and double entry were added, together with...

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  • FIRE STATION

    Continuing a little further along Napier street, I come across the Fire Station, Turncock’sResidence and Cast Iron Stand Pipe. The Fire Station was built out of local bricks in 1883, and is Victoria's oldest fire station.A look in the window, and on display was the hand drawn fire cart, equipped only with leather buckets and a few short ladders. As...

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  • VISITOR INFORMATION - TOWN WALK

    The Visitor Information centre is located in the heritage listed Crown Land Office. It is easy to find as it is located in Napier street, which is the main street. I suggest going in here, and picking up the FREE BROCHURE which outlines the heritage walk.As St. Arnaud is an old gold mining town, there are lots of heritage buildings worth seeing....

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    by balhannah Written Oct 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: If you aren't able to visit the Tourist information centre to pick up the Heritage Trail brochure, don't worry, as all of the buildings have an information plaque infront of them. It shows a photo and tells you all about what you are viewing.
    There are 30 heritage listed sites to visit, most are in Napier Street [main street]

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