Bung Bong, Victoria

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Bung Bong township
Bung Bong township is located in Shire of Central Goldfields
Bung Bong township
Bung Bong township
Coordinates 37°06.203862′S 143°33.679002′E / 37.103397700°S 143.561316700°E / -37.103397700; 143.561316700Coordinates: 37°06.203862′S 143°33.679002′E / 37.103397700°S 143.561316700°E / -37.103397700; 143.561316700
Postcode(s) 3465
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Bendigo, Wannon

Bung Bong is a (now deserted) township in Victoria between the rural towns of Avoca and Maryborough. The township is divided, with one half in Pyrenees Shire and the other half in Shire of Central Goldfields. The Bet Bet Creek (which separates the two Shires) runs towards the north through the middle of the township and then into the Loddon River. Bung Bong is located on the Pyrenees Highway

Bung Bong is also a region, which has a large range of native flora and fauna,[1][2] South-East of the township is the Bung Bong Nature Conservation Reserve which is used by bush walkers and bird watchers.[3][4]


In 1878 the Bung Bong Farmers' Club held their first "ploughing match". There were 18 entries in the competition to plough, "virgin soil, of a rich chocolate colour". It was reported, "that although the ploughmen were new to competitive trials, they showed by the excellence of their work their fitness for their calling."[5] For the 1886 (and ninth) ploughing match there were 22 entries. It was held on the Abbott property, half a mile from the Bung Bong railway station ( Coordinates 37°03′16.4″S 143°36′26.9″E / 37.054556°S 143.607472°E / -37.054556; 143.607472 ) and "the attendance was large". This time, 10 entrants used double furrow ploughs with one entrant, "exhibiting Gilsman's patent rotary harrows, which attracted great attention, and were pronounced excellent implements".[6]

Local volunteers[7] have fought major bushfires in the region in December 1880,[8] January 1881,[9] January 1985[10][11] and the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.[12]

Bung Bong horse, Richmond Lass, won 31 races and went on to win the 1969 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship.[13] The horse was owned by Fred Miller of Richmond House.[10]


Copies of the land titles for the Bung Bong township, located on what subsequently became the Pyrenees Highway, at the Bet Bet Creek, for 1863 and for 1873 are available.[14] The township area is now designated as the Bung Bong Streamside Reserve.[15]

At the Bung Bong township, the old Glenmona Bridge was built over the Bet Bet Creek in 1871 and is the third oldest of its type in Victoria, (after the Hawthorn Bridge and the Redesdale Bridge). Its location is directly south of the new bridge over the Bet Bet on the Pyrenees Highway.[11]

Bung Bong Post Office opened on 1 February 1864 and closed in 1961.[16]

The disused 1876 Anglican Church on the Pyrenees Highway ( Coordinates 37°5.8405′S 143°34.1539′E / 37.0973417°S 143.5692317°E / -37.0973417; 143.5692317 ) is a popular stopping place for caravans.[17]

The Pyrenees Shire Council has documented a number of significant properties in the Bung Bong - Homebush region in the Avoca Heritage Study: 1864 - 1994 - Volume 3.[18]


On the now disused Avoca railway line, ballast was loaded at Bung Bong, to the north of the town. In 2017, there is a proposal entitled the, Murray Basin rail project designed to link Mildura to Portland with standard gauge track to carry grain and mineral sands. This upgrading will include the Maryborough to Ararat section of the line, past the site of the disused Bong Bong station.[19][20][21]

Wareek, Bung Bong Cemetery[edit]

Wareek Bung Bong cemetery.jpg

The cemetery is located at 413 Bung Bong-Rathscar Rd, Wareek VIC 3465. ( Coordinates 37°02.549′S 143°35.152′E / 37.042483°S 143.585867°E / -37.042483; 143.585867 ) and in 2017 is being upgraded by the community with new fences and facilities.

Information on the interments,[22] with more details and images of the headstones - here.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Flora" (PDF). Data From: Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, Biodiversity and Natural Resources. May 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fauna" (PDF). Data From: Altlas of Victorian Wildlife, Biodiversity and Natural Resources. May 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bung Bong Nature Conservation Reserve". Parks Victoria. 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Bung Bong Nature Conservation Reserve., Victoria, AU". Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ploughing Matches: Bung Bong". The Australasian - cited from the Maryborough Standard. 13 July 1878. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ploughing Matches: The Bung Bong Match". The Argus. 7 August 1886. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Faces of CFA: Ken Calder". 3 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "A disastrous bush fire". 20 December 1880. 
  9. ^ "News scraps". Kyneton Guardian. 1 January 1881. 
  10. ^ a b "Can Girl match the feats of Lass?". Harness News. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Bet Bet Creek Road Bridge (Place ID 16055)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  12. ^ "Generous donation for Wareek & Bung Bong Fire Brigade". 3 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Harness Racing,Wayville (S.A) 01/03/1969 Inter-Dominion Grand Final (Richmond Lass-K.Brook). 22 August 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Bung Bong land titles 1863 and 1873". 1863. 
  15. ^ "Bung Bong Streamside Reserve". 2017. 
  16. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bung Bong Rest Area". Caravan on Tour. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Avoca Heritage Study: 1864 - 1994, Volume 3". Pyrenees Shire Council. February 1995. pp. 148 – 171. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Murray Basin Rail Project". Public Transport Victoria. 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  20. ^ Hunt, Peter (26 May 2017). "Rail freight Victoria: Works to cause more delays for grain". The Weekly Times. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "Murray Basin rail project". 
  22. ^ "Wareek Bung Bong Cemetery". February 2009. 
  23. ^ "Bung Bong & Wareek Cemetery". 2006. 

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