Rawson and Surrounds
As well as having
Phoenix Paintball for the thrill-seekers, the Mountain
site is a great base for family holidays. You could spend at least
a week here!
Mountain Rivers Tourist
Park offers self-catered, motel-style accommodation. There are six units,
each with en suite facilities and sleeping 3~4 people. Each unit
is well insulated and has a queen size bed, refrigerator and
electric heater. Linen is available, but BYO linen and towels if
you like. The units are
linked via verandas to a communal lounge/dining/kitchen area which
is ideal for groups of friends or extended family gatherings. This
living area has a cosy wood heater, TV with tape/DVD/CD player and
pictures on the wall featuring historic scenes of the region.
The Mountain Rivers
Tourist Park property is noted for its spectacular driveway lined with
magnificent flowering trees and plants. The Lodge is surrounded by
farm paddocks where horses and deer graze, and looks out over a
valley consisting of natural bushland and wildlife habitat
featuring mountain ash forest, a beautiful fern gully, and a
perennial natural spring feeding a dam and Happy Jack’s Creek.
The paintball fields are situated on the lower paddocks and
forested gully and ridgeline beyond.
Things to do on site:
Several bush tracks
suitable for walking (no trail bikes on site please) meander
through this lovely native wonderland. In particular, to the east
of the paintball fields, near the dam and creek is our Fern Gully
Walk. It explores the ‘Enchanted
Forest’ where there are some surprises to be found, and it is
essential that adults be accompanied by kids!
On a quiet night, the
boundary track running north from the paintball shed is ideal for
spotlighting owls, possums and gliders. Sometimes wombats, deer or
wallabies may be seen too.
For rainy days there is
a cupboard in the lounge room which contains some board games to
play. Remember the pre-computer era?
Things to do around
Within walking distance
the town has shops, pubs at Rawson Village Resort and the
Stockyard, a picnic area at
Crater Lake, a swimming pool (heated in summer only) and a BMX bike track.
Extended day walks or
mountain bike riding are available on several nearby trails:
- Erica-Thomson Rail
- Erica-Tyers Junction
- Mt Erica: Beech
Gully/Mountain Monarchs/Mushroom Rocks
Within 30 minutes drive
of Rawson are many more things to do:
A tourism icon, including riding the Walhalla Goldfields Railway
and going underground in the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. View
- Mt Baw Baw Alpine
Winter downhill skiing/snowboarding, or Mt St Gwinear for
snow play/cross country skiing. View website
Fishing or canoeing.
- Australian Alps Walking Track:
From Walhalla to
, one of the world’s major bushwalks. View website
Baw National Park, and the Thomson, Boola and
4WD touring and gold prospecting.
Visit the Boola Boola Winery or Copper Mine Hotel for a meal.
Guided tours to these
attractions, in the rugged mountains nearby, are conducted by
A two-hour 4WD
passenger tour of Ghost Towns, Mines and Mountains is available
from Mountain Rivers Tourist Park (book at the office).