Chiltern is another proud historic centre that is staying true to the heritage. The traveler will have to take a short diversion to visit Chiltern, the time and effort is worth it.
The town is close to the Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park. Chiltern was once on the main road between Melbourne and Sydney. The township, named after the Chiltern Hills in England, and was surveyed in 1853 but not established until gold discoveries in 1858-59 during the greater gold rush period.
The discovery of gold in the late 1858 early 1859, brought a huge shift in population into the Chiltern –
Unlike those surfaced based sluicing mining operations around Beechworth, the gold around Chiltern was extracted by sinking deep wet leads. These operations required a different type of miner and working groups, capable of sinking shafts to some 400 feet in depth. Miners with these skills and experiences came into the area, from and joined with the sluices from around Beechworth and the Ovens. Miners from the Ballarat goldfields were considered 'radical', because of their connections with the rebellions of (1854).
Chiltern is a nice spot and a minimum of a few hours will be required to enjoy.