Tiny rural settlement once an important
staging post for gold escorts between Ballarat
Bannockburn is located 93 km south-west of
Melbourne via Geelong and the Midland Highway.
The town, presumably named after the famous
battle site in Scotland, came into existence in
the 1850s when gold was being brought by coach
from the fields in Ballarat to the port at
The town developed around the Somerset Hotel.
By 1860 a lock up had been established in the
town. This was used for the double purpose of a
gaol and a overnight 'bank vault' for the gold.
The railway arrived in 1863 and the town was
moved (away from the Somerset Hotel) to meet the
needs of the railway workers and the added
business it brought to the town.
Today it is a tiny settlement overwhelmed by
the proximity of both Geelong and Ballarat.
Things to see:
Now a private residence this was once the
Somerset Hotel. It was built in 1854 and can
still be seen on the western side of the town.
It stands beside Bruces Creek.
Bannockburn Railway Station
This substantial two-storey railway station was
completed in 1863 to cater for the arrival of
the railway line. The attractive bluestone was
quarried at Lethbridge. There was obviously a
standard design for railway stations at the time
as the station is identical the those in
Meredith, Lethbridge and Moorabool.
Located 5 km north of the town on the Moorabool
River this bridge is named after George Russell
who settled in the area in 1837. There is a
pleasant picnic located beside the river.
Located on the Midland Highway at Bannockburn
this 16 hectare vineyard was established by
Stuart Hooper in 1974. The grapes grown are
cabernet, pinot, chardonnay, rhine riesling,
sauvignon blanc and shiraz. For more details
(03) 5281 1363.