Story of Kings Avenue Motel
KINGS AVENUE MOTEL
First established in 1855 as a gold-mining town, St.Arnaud has stood the test of time and provides a variety of both historic, modern and natural sightseeing opportunities.
The heavily forested bushlands to the south of the township provide excellent locations to experience some country tranquillity.
- Breathe in some fresh country air, with numerous walking tracks and natural gardens.
- Drive on out to the St Arnaud Range National Park and follow the four-wheel-drive tracks or walking trails.
- Include a visit to the Wax Gardens, with a great picnic area and the beautiful gardens themselves, it’s a lovely location to spend time with family.
- Explore the beautiful gardens located in St Arnaud’s town centre, including the Queen Mary Gardens with its pond and exotic trees, and the Market Square garden adjacent to the council offices.
- Also you can spot the town’s last mine: The Lord Nelson, and gaze out at rooftops and treetops from the lookout atop Wilsons Hill
The town centre features many well-preserved historic buildings with plenty of heritage listed sites complete with iron lace-works and trimmings to excite even the most seasoned history buffs.
- Explore the town’s historic precinct; along Napier Street between Millett Street and Inkerman Street, features the old Post Office (built in 1866), Court House (1866) and Victoria’s oldest Fire Station (1883) which now serves as the Fire Brigade Museum.
- Visit the Old Convent or the Pebble Church.
- Check out the Raillery Hub Incorporated (RHI), which is situated in the St Arnaud Rail Station. The Raillery is home to the permanent Community Art Gallery. It also contains the Artists Library Lounge and Market which provides the sale of quality, regionally produced, handmade local products & artwork.
- Research family history at the heritage listed Information Centre and browse through cemetery records on your next visit, or, chat with knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can assist with advice on accommodation, shopping and dining.
The district around St Arnaud supports an agricultural industry of sheep grazing, grains and wineries, with forested areas to the south and open Mallee plains to the north.
- Go on a Silo Art Trail adventure in St Arnaud, with some wonderful artwork on display around the town.
- Get your caffeine hit with Six2Six across the road from the Motel along with freshly baked goods, open from 6am to 6pm.
- Pull up a stool at a local pub or visit Farmgate and enjoy a delicious meal and a beer or local wine.
- St Arnaud is centrally located to the many wineries and attractions in the Pyrenees, Goldfields and Grampians regions.
- Consider going prospecting for gold, the ideal base for prospecting in the nearby ranges.
- Keep an eye out for the monthly markets and other festivals and events hosted throughout the year.