Eldorado, Victoria

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The main street of Eldorado. A Soldiers Memorial bus shelter is in the foreground while the General store and McEvoy Tavern ("The smallest pub in Victoria") can seen to the left.
Eldorado is located in Rural City of Wangaratta
Coordinates36°18′0″S 146°31′0″E / 36.30000°S 146.51667°E / -36.30000; 146.51667Coordinates: 36°18′0″S 146°31′0″E / 36.30000°S 146.51667°E / -36.30000; 146.51667
Population287 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s)Rural City of Wangaratta

Eldorado, or El Dorado, is a small town in the north-east of Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Eldorado had a population of 287.[1]


Eldorado was named after the legend of El Dorado in 1840 by William Baker, the name he used for his run.[2] Even though the name refers to a land abounding in gold there was no gold found in Eldorado until the 1850s when it became a thriving gold rush town. Eldorado Post Office opened on 1 August 1861.[3]

The town's population declined sharply after the area ceased to yield gold. The remains of an old gold dredge can still be seen today. This is a large steel dredge which was designed and built by Thompson's Engineering for the Cocks Eldorado Gold Dredging Company in 1935-36. By the time it was decommissioned it had dredged 30 million cubic metres from the river flats of the Eldorado Plain. It has 110 digging buckets, each of which was capable of digging and lifting 0.3 cubic metres of soil.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Eldorado (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ A Brief History of ElDorado, A Brief History of ElDorado, retrieved 27 June 2013
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008

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