Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park (Park) is a 10 acre bush park privately owned and managed by Jerry and Pauline Wellman. The site includes 8 motel rooms, 20 ensuite powered caravan sites, 20 powered sites, as well as space for numerous unpowered sites.
The Park is situated approximately 1 kilometer from the town center of Inglewood on the Calder Highway, 45kms west of Bendigo; within walking distance to cafe’s, shops and hotel entertainment; surrounded by State forests; and within a 2 hour drive from Melbourne.
The town of Inglewood and surrounding area of the Shire of Loddon has a lot to offer tourists and visitors to the area. Whether its perusing the quaint yesteryear main street shops, visiting the many boutique wineries in the region, exploring the historic buildings and churches, fishing on the Loddon River, playing a game of bowls or golf, gold prospecting in the “golden triangle”, bird watching in the Inglewood Reserve or four wheel driving in the state forest, there is something of interest for all.
Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park is fully serviced by connection to town water and sewerage, electricity, telephone and Wifi.
The Park currently offers overnight, short-term and long-term stay accommodation in a mix of types of accommodation for the domestic and international leisure markets from motel rooms to unpowered caravan sites.
The current breakup of accommodation types is:
Inglewood Motel and Park accommodation suits various patrons and budgets:
Inglewood was an important gold mining town during the Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850s and 1860s, reportedly having a population of 40,000 in the surrounding gold fields at the height of the gold rush. Today, Inglewoods modest population of around 1,200 is the demographic center and main service town for the Shire of Loddon.
The town is made up of a hospital, chemist, community bank, post office, supermarket, petrol station, pub, cafés, antique and memorabilia novelty shops, providing a hub for the surrounding mainly agricultural district. A public swimming pool, primary school, bowls club, golf course, sports ground, town hall and many churches, cement Inglewood’s community feel.
Inglewood Motel and Caravan Park is located on the outskirts of Inglewood, a small town in North West Victoria, located on the Calder Highway in the Shire of Loddon, approximately 187 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, 46 kilometres West of Bendigo, and 355 kilometres to Mildura.
There is a diverse range of attractions in and around Inglewood to entice visitors to return many times to the area.
For those visitors who are interested in the history of the town and surrounding areas, there is the historic architecture of the solid buildings, a legacy from the gold rush era, including the historic Courthouse; the Town Hall; the War memorial the churches, in particular the historic Fincham pipe organ in St Augustine’s Anglicn church; and the Old Inglewood Cemetery. The town is also a great place to shop for hidden treasures in the antique and collectible shops, or visit the Doll Museum or Inglewood Emporium.
At the northern entrance to the town, on the site of the historic Jones Eucy Distillery, is the Eucalyptus Distillery Museum, an interpretive centre with historic displays, artefacts and a working distillery model, providing an insight into the history of the eucalyptus oil industry in the area. Or visitors can drive up to the poppet head of the working MG gold mine.
For the more sporting, golfers can play a round of 18 holes at the Inglewood Golf Club; play a game of bowls at the Inglewood Bowls club; watch a game of footy or netball at the Inglewood Sports Centre; or on hot days head for the Inglewood’s outdoor swimming pool or lawn tennis courts. For fishermen, boating enthusiasts or just those that like to take in a riverside walk, Bridgewater on the River Loddon is just a 7km drive away, or Boort Lake approx , 50 minute drive.
For the fossicking and gold prospecting clubs, Inglewood forms part of the "Golden Triangle" which includes some of the richest alluvial goldfields in the world, including Kingower, Rheola, Dunolly, Tarnagulla and Moliagul, where the biggest gold nugget the "Welcome Stranger", was discovered. Gold mining is also still present in the area, with MG Gold operating the Maxwell's Mine to the north of the town.
The Kooyoora State Park, an area of 3455 hectares of granite, with the peak capped by a mass of huge boulders and stunning panoramic views from the lookout at the top, is located within 20 kilometers west of Inglewood, and is a popular recreation area where visitors can bike or hike along the many trails, or just stroll around the boulders. The Melville Caves, is where the bushranger Captain Melville and his gang were rumoured to have based themselves during the 1850s.
Kooyoora State Park State Forest and Inglewood Flora Reserve offer 4WD clubs, gold prospecting clubs, bird watching and conservationist groups a place to escape and explore.
There are many different local community groups that put on events and activities throughout the year: the Historical Society (collecting and preserving Inglewood’s history); the Community Hub (the town project working group). Inglewood Development Tourism Committee Inc. (supporting the development of tourism initiatives of local benefit); Friends of Kooyoora (dedicated to preserving and educating the public about aspects of wildlife in the State Park); and the Inglewood Community Neighbourhood hold craft sessions, to name a few.
Loddon Valley produces a diverse range of food and wine where visitors can explore the local wineries’ cellar door and vineyards producing quality red and white wines, and sample the food at the farmers markets or the variety of cottage industries.
The city of Bendigo is only 45 kilometers away and has many events throughout the year attracting tourists and visitors into the area. Examples are: The Bendigo Art Gallery; Performing Arts Centre; Exhibition Centre; Soldiers Memorial Museum; Golden Dragon Museum; The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion (the largest Buddhist monument in the western world); Bendigo Stadium; Lords Raceway (Harness Racing); Cinema; Interactive Technology Centre; Parky’s Wonderland; Mulligrubs Play Centre; The Zone Family Entertainment Complex; and Water World.