Town by town snapshot Rushworth

December 9, 2023 BY

This two-bedroom Rushworth miner’s cottage built in 1992 sold recently for $369,000.

Rushworth is approximately 179.7 square kilometres and has four parks covering nearly 0.5 per cent of total area.

The population in 2016 was 1320 and by the 2021 Census is was 1411 showing a population increase of 6.9 per cent in the area during that time.

Rushworth is a former gold mining town in northern Victoria, immediately west of the Waranga Basin reservoir.

Rushworth is situated in hilly country which is mainly taken up by the Rushworth ironbark forest.

Before the discovery of gold Rushworth was part of the Wanalta pastoral run (1840) of 25,000 hectares, which included the freshwater Lake Cooper to the west.

The pastoral run lay on a route from Bendigo to the Ovens gold diggings in north-east Victoria.

In August 1853, some inquisitive gold diggers found gold at Rushworth, reportedly with the assistance of Aboriginal people.

A rush to the new field brought government supervision, the Assistant Commissioner was Richard ‘Orion’ Horne, one time poet and author who had come to Australia in 1852 and is credited with naming Rushworth.

On the voyage out his fellow passengers were the Rushworth family, and the ‘rush’ to the new gold field was ‘worthwhile’.

The Rushworth township site was surveyed in 1854, National and Presbyterian schools were opened in 1858 and 1859, and were replaced by a government school in 1872.

The school building was incorporated in Rushworth High School and is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

In 1865 Rushworth had the Waranga Shire Hall, a mechanics’ institute, a courthouse, three hotels, and branches of a bank and an insurance company.

Although the Rushworth goldfield is a relatively small and isolated one, it has had 26 mines and it operated continuously until the 1900s.

During World War Two the Waranga district held most of Victoria’s internment and prisoner-of-war camps with two camps a short distance north of Rushworth.

Rushworth missed being included on the railway line from Seymour to Shepparton in 1880, and it took 10 years of agitation for a branch line from Murchison to Rushworth and another 24 years before the line was extended westwards to the agricultural hinterland at Colbinabbin

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Rushworth is 60-69 years with households in Rushworth being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying on average $997 per month on mortgage repayments, and in general, people in Rushworth work in a labourer occupation.


It is thought that in August 1853 some inquisitive gold diggers found gold at Rushworth.


Population: 1,411

Male: 51.5%

Female: 48.5%

Median age: 56

5-year population change: 6.9%

House median sales price: $340,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) 78%

Median asking rent per week: $260

Average length of ownership: 9 years

Owner occupiers: 83%

Renters: 17%


House median value price:

August 2023: $371,162

August 2022: $375,300

August 2021: $284,600

August 2020: $224,000

August 2019: $194,500


House sales per annum:

Period ending August 2023: 21

Period ending August 2022: 32


Land median sale price:

August 2023: $73,000

August 2022: $76,500


Land sales per annum:

Period ending August 2023: 4

Period ending August 2022: 6