Town by town snapshot Wedderburn

October 28, 2023 BY

This three-bedroom Wedderburn home on just less than half-an-acre sold earlier this year for $445,000.

Wedderburn is approximately 206.6 square kilometres and has six parks covering nearly 18.2 per cent of total area.

The population in 2016 was 917 and by the 2021 Census it was recorded at 951 showing a population increase of 3.7 per cent in the area during that time.

Wedderburn is a rural township on the Calder Highway, 70 kilometres north-west of Bendigo and was founded on a gold field, one of the most north-westerly gold sites from Melbourne.

It’s nearest neighbouring towns are St Arnaud (also a former gold town) and Charlton.

Gold was first discovered at Wedderburn in 1852 and the field was first known as Korong or Mount Korong.

The mount, 12 kilometres south-east of Wedderburn, is the tallest feature in the area and was climbed by the New South Wales Surveyor-General, Thomas Mitchell, during his Australia Felix expedition in 1836.

‘Korong’ is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning campsite, large swamp, or canoe.

The origin of Wedderburn’s name is slightly more confused, the most likely explanation is that a William Wedderburn served in the goldfields Mounted Police.

Wedderburn township was surveyed in 1856-57 and allotment sales began in 1858.

There had been a hotel (1853), a Methodist chapel (1857) and several stores at the time of the survey.

Gold was obtained from numerous alluvial gullies, and the number and size of nuggets drew many miners.

Between about 1855 and the 1890s quartz reefs were worked, and steadily out-produced the alluvial sites.

In 1862 the Kingower and Wedderburne Road District was proclaimed, in turn becoming Korong Shire on 6 September 1864.

Wedderburn’s most famous personality was Albert Jacka, VC, MC, who attended the local school and enlisted for World War One from Wedderburn

Wedderburn has been the administrative centre of the shire throughout its existence.

Farm selections were taken up in the 1870s, and the district’s rainfall was suitable for wheat. A flour mill was opened in 1880, becoming a major local employer until destroyed by fire in 1919.

Two years after the mill was opened the railway line was extended from Inglewood with a station at Wedderburn Junction, 8 kilometres east of Wedderburn and a spur line between the two Wedderburns was opened in 1887.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Wedderburn is 50-59 years with households being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $802 per month on mortgages.

In general, people in Wedderburn work in a trade occupation.


Wedderburn township was surveyed in 1856-57 and allotment sales began in 1858.


Population: 951

Male: 50.2%

Female: 49.8%

Median age: 58

5-year population change: 3.7%

House median value: $308,300

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 88.6%

Median asking rent per week: $320

Average length of ownership: 11 years

Owner occupiers: 86%

Renters: 14%


House median sale price:

June 2023: $315,000

June 2022: $270,000

June 2021: $160,000

June 2020: $137,000

June 2019: $145,000


House sales per annum:

Period ending June 2023: 13

Period ending June 2022: 16


Land median sale price:

June 2023: $185,000

June 2022: $182,000


Land sales per annum:

Period ending June 2023: 15

Period ending June 2022: 13