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Loddon River

The Loddon River’s journey begins in Victoria’s Great Dividing Range not far from Trentham. It flows 392 km north through the townships of Newstead, Bridgewater, Serpentine, Boort and Kerang, before joining the Murray River between Barham and Swan Hill

  • The Loddon is the north-central Victoria’s largest river and home to many threatened species.
  • The Loddon’s Kerang Wetlands a haven for migratory water birds and have international conservation listing under the Ramsar Convention.
  • Sadly, after more than a decade of dry conditions, the river has stopped flowing completely in some parts, while in others it is barely 2 per cent full.
  • In the face of these challenges, the local community is embracing change and working hard to restore their river and their community’s prosperity.

People who love and depend on the Loddon River have many memories and insights to share – of the river in flood, of the marvelous flora and fauna, and of the peace and tranquility the river provides.

Take a minute to explore the Loddon River through the eyes of these river champions… 


  • Cathy McCallum: Helping youngsters appreciate the Loddon

    For Cathy McCallum - or "Mrs Mac" as the Baringhup Primary School kids call her - it's all about making environmental education interesting. "It's got to be fun"...


  • Elaine Jones: 40 years of precious memories

    Thirty-six years ago in the black of night, the heavens opened and the rains came down, breaking the banks of the Loddon River...


  • John Baulch: Drama along the river

    The Loddon has been a constant companion for John Baulch. He’s a farmer out at Lake Charm, about 30km north of Kerang...  


  • Paul Haw: The river is his heritage

    Washing-up the dishes doesn’t sound like such a drag at Paul Haw’s place. His is the only house on Lake Boort and with a magnificent view...


  • Ron Snep: Mixing delicious drops

    Microbiology, psychiatric nursing and bus driving are all jobs Ron Snep has turned his hand to. That is until 25 years ago when this urban refugee and lover of wine...more

  • The Eichers: Appreciating organic farming practices

    Marlies and Peter Eicher have always seen things a little differently - from the air. They love to hang glide and it was this passion that landed them in Boort...more


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