The town’s heritage is yours to explore, with many buildings retaining their historic integrity. Some 21 buildings are registered or owned by the National Trust. Chiltern’s spectacular historic streetscape is a treat in time travel, to the heady days of gold fever and gold dust. Once on the main Melbourne/Sydney highway, Chiltern’s historic buildings have been restored and maintained to preserve the architecture of the late 1850s. Visiting Chiltern is like a movie set of a by-gone era and it has featured on the big screen in several motion pictures.
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Chiltern has a tranquil atmosphere and life proceeds at a leisurely pace.