Eldorado is a sleepy little town in the foot hills of the Alpine Ranges, between Wangaratta and Beechworth and just 3 hours from Melbourne and a little more from Canberra. It is reaped in history as it was one of the major gold mining locations of North-East Victoria and the historic Dredge (just walking distance from the festival), museum and knowledgeable locals are testament to that. To this day the local creek is full of locals and tourists with their pans and sleuths itchy with the gold fever, and their efforts are not wasted as there is still plenty of gold to be found. In fact, some of the local enthusiast make a career out of gold panning and find enough to trade and make a living.
Examples of off-grid living can be found all over this town too, as they do not have town water connected and most of the town is still without phone reception. You’ll often see people standing in the middle of the street outside the pub on their mobile phones, as this is the only spot reception can be found. And whilst some houses are connected to mains electricity, many have chosen solar and generators instead. There is also a large population (of the 280 residents) who have built their own mud brick homes from the very dirt on which they stand.
See more about Eldorado here: www.eldorado.org.au
We’ve selected Eldorado’s beautiful Centennial Park as the location for the inaugural Off-Grid Living Festival. It is the perfect place, with all the space we need for this unique array of traders, demonstrators, workshops, markets and more. Each of the focus areas will have their own huge designated space among the park with the freedom to display their works, skills and products creatively for your enjoyment.
Be sure to allow yourself most of the day to fully immerse yourself in the festival. Explore a huge array of market stalls, watch skilful demonstrations, listen to interesting short talks, try festive foods, have a jig to the live music, get your hands dirty in interactive workshops and free skill-sharings, and have fun with the whole family with plenty of kids activities throughout. It will be a great day out for all.
North-East Victoria is a gorgeous place, why not stay for the whole weekend and explore. After the festival you could grab a delicious dinner nearby (Eldorado’s McEvoy Tavern perhaps), then bunker down in a cosy country cottage for the night, and spend Sunday exploring all that this region has to offer – we’re all about pure nature, topped with gourmet food & wine!
Check out more on the area here: www.victoriashighcountry.com.au
Eldorado has 3 beautiful cottages available, but be quick, they’ll be snapped up for this weekend very fast – Find links here: http://eldorado.org.au/accommodation/
Other great options just 20 mins away are:
Wangaratta: A large country town with lots of affordable options &
Beechworth: A very cute historical, tourist village.
Unfortunately no camping is available onsite for visitors during the festival, however there are many beautiful locations to camp near Eldorado for free. Check out this guide to the Chiltern/Mt Pilot National Park that adjoins the festival for idea – Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park Guide. Or head up Eldorado’s Woolshed Rd to find a nice spot by the creek in Ned Kelly territory.
Other great spots by the river (particular good for larger groups):
20 mins from Eldorado – Pioneer Bridges Rest Area
40 mins from Eldorado – Edi Cutting.
Or jump on to this camping guide to see what’s within 50kms of Eldorado. There are so many amazing places to visit just a short drive away. Enjoy!!!!