Bonnie Doon, Victoria

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Bonnie Doon
The old town site of Bonnie Doon, prior to the construction of Lake Eildon
Bonnie Doon is located in Shire of Mansfield
Bonnie Doon
Bonnie Doon
Coordinates 37°01′S 145°51′E / 37.017°S 145.850°E / -37.017; 145.850Coordinates: 37°01′S 145°51′E / 37.017°S 145.850°E / -37.017; 145.850
Population 521 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3720
LGA(s) Shire of Mansfield
State electorate(s) Eildon
Federal Division(s) Indi

Bonnie Doon is a small village in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Maroondah Highway, in the Shire of Mansfield. Bonnie Doon is 168 kilometres north-east from Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Bonnie Doon township had a population of 521.[1]


The township was established subsequent to gold discoveries in the area. It was originally named Doon after the town of that name in Ireland. The Post Office opened on October 1, 1866 and was renamed Bonnie Doon in 1891 coinciding with the arrival of the railway.[2]

Much of the original town of Bonnie Doon was flooded by the construction of Lake Eildon in the 1950s. The township was relocated; some buildings were picked up and moved, whilst others were able to remain in their original site, such as the churches.


Aerial photo

Lake Eildon makes Bonnie Doon a minor tourist town for water activities, and the surrounds of Bonnie Doon, which has a rail trail, are somewhat popular for weekend holidaymakers. This popularity was satirised in the Australian comedy, The Castle, with popular quotes such as "How's the serenity?" and its catch-phrase song "We're going to Bonnie Doon".

Bon Crescent



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bonnie Doon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 

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