Rawson and Surrounds
As well as having Phoenix Paintball for the thrill-seekers, the Mountain Rivers Tourist Park 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 Rawson:
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 Trail
- Erica-Tyers Junction Rail Trail
- Thomson River-Poverty Point Bridge
- Mt Erica: Beech Gully/Mountain Monarchs/Mushroom Rocks
Within 30 minutes drive of Rawson are many more things to do:
- Walhalla Historic Township:
A tourism icon, including riding the Walhalla Goldfields Railway and going underground in the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. View website
- Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort:
Winter downhill skiing/snowboarding, or Mt St Gwinear for snow play/cross country skiing. View website
- Thomson River:
Fishing or canoeing.
- Australian Alps Walking Track:
From Walhalla to Canberra , one of the world’s major bushwalks. View website
- Baw Baw National Park, and the Thomson, Boola and Tanjil State Forests:
4WD touring and gold prospecting.
- Coopers Creek:
Visit the Boola Boola Winery or Copper Mine Hotel for a meal.
Mountain Top Experience 4WD Tours:
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).