Small service town in the Victorian wheatbelt.
Pyramid Hill is a small town of around 500
people which is named after an adjacent hill. It
is located in a wheat-growing area 252 km north
of Melbourne via Bendigo and 18 km north-east of
Durham Ox which is located on the Loddon Valley
Highway 84 km north of Bendigo. The Pyramid Hill
Rd continues in a north-easterly direction and
eventually joins the Murray Valley Highway at a
point about 5 km south-east of Cohuna. There is
an hotel, a caravan park and a golf club.
The first European in the area was Major
Thomas Mitchell who climbed the mountain in 1836
during his exploratory journey into 'Australia
Felix'. Squatters soon followed in his wake.
Noted Australian novelist Katherine Susannah
Prichard stayed for a time at Pyramid Hill
during World War I. She was residing with her
brother Nigel who was a doctor with a practice
that 'covered hundreds of miles'. In her
autobiography Child of the Hurricane (1963)
Prichard recounts that a horse rider from a
travelling circus was brought in with a broken
back one night while her brother was doing his
rounds. She waited with the woman until Nigel
returned and notes that 'After taking to her
father...I resolved, some day, to write a story
about her.' This woman became Gina in Haxby's
The Pyramid Hill Show is held annually in
October-November and a machinery rally on the
first Sunday in October.
Things to see:
The Pyramid Hill Newsagency, 12-14 Kelly St, tel:
(03) 5455 7036.
Pyramid Hill (187 m above sea-level) is a
remarkably exact triangle of stone which
explorer Thomas Mitchell surmounted in 1836. He
named it for its similarity to 'the monuments of
Egypt'. It is a half-hour climb to the top from
where there are fine views of the irrigated
wheat and sheep plains which surround the town.
In spring it is covered in wildflowers. A
braille trail for the visually impaired goes
halfway up the hill.
A local history museum is situated in McKay St
behind the memorial hall. It is open Sundays
from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. or by appointment,
tel: (03) 5455 7090 or (03) 5455 7192. The road
continues on for about 18 km to the Loddon
Terrick Terrick State Park
10 km east of Pyramid Hill, via the Pyramid
Hill-Kow Swamp Rd, is the locality of Bald Rock.
There is a turnoff here into an unsealed road on
the right which leads south through Terrick
Terrick State Park (2500 ha) which starts about
10 km from Bald Rock.
Terrick Terrick protects an important remnant
of northern plains flora, including the state's
finest stand of native white cypress pines.
Fauna includes grey kangaroos and a plenitude of
birdlife (it is the largest nesting site for
brolgas in Victoria). The park has some dramatic
granite outcrops and natural depressions which
were used as water holes by the Aborigines.
Lesser tracks head off the main road. There
are fireplaces, tables, toilets and fine views
at Mt Terrick Terrick itself. Camping is
permitted. Ring (03) 5444 6620 or (03) 5450 3957
for further information.
The road through Terrick continues on through
Mitiamo, Raywood, Whipstick State Forest,
Eaglehawk and Bendigo (see entries on Eaglehawk
The road continues on through the forest to the
small town of Mitiamo where there is an hotel
and Vivienne's Gallery at 1A Haig St which has
arts, crafts and Devonshire teas (tel: 03 5436
Beyond Bald Rock, the Pyramid Hill-Kow Swamp Rd
veers northwards. Mt Hope is on the left-hand
side of this road, about 5 km from Bald Rock. It
too was climbed in 1836 by Thomas Mitchell. The
name derives from Mitchell's hope that he might
discern the sea from its peak. There are picnic
facilities and a Mitchell plaque at the base of
the mountain and it is but a short walk to the
top of the hill from whence there are good views
of the district and Kow Swamp.
The main road continues on to Kow Swamp. About
50 m before the intersection of Kow Swamp Rd and
Pipers Rd. There is a cleared area on the left
at Box Bridge where you can stop for a picnic at
the north-western corner of the swamp.
Accommodation is available for 6 to 8 people at
Swampy's Holiday House, tel: (03) 5456 7528.
Turn left onto Pipers Rd if you wish to
access the Murray Valley Highway or continue
along the Kow Swamp Rd until you reach a
T-intersection and turn left to Leitchville and
right to the park on the eastern shore of the
swamp (see entry on Cohuna for further
information on Leitchville and Kow Swamp).