Wandiligong is a quiet community of about 250 people who work in the apple orchards and small holdings, its cottage industries and in the neighbouring districts. Artistic talent abounds with the local historic library recently becoming the studio for a handful of extremely talented local artists.
Wandiligong is a town situated in a picturesque valley, classified by the National Trust with many clues about its history dotted throughout. The old Manchester Unity Hall, opened in 1874, stands about midway in the township.
In the gold rush years of the 1860’s, Wandiligong had a population of more than 1000 with schools, public library, churches, shops and hotels. On the road behind the hall is the Alpine Park established more than a century ago, which in its day had a majestic two storey pavilion, gardens and an ornamental lake and band rotunda.
In 1972 the people of Wandiligong set up a preservation society to re-establish the Manchester Unity Hall and the park under public ownership. They restored the hall as a centre of community activity and in the park they re-built the band rotunda and two storey pavilion.
Continuing along the highway is the public library, the road to the school (thriving today for local families), the Methodist church (still used by Uniting Church), the townships 100 year old General Store (now a community run post office) and beyond that the Wandi Pub, caravan park, apple orchards and nut groves.
Several trails lead down to the diggings turned over in search of gold, which ran out by the end of the century. The community today is a smaller one with new aspirations – in preserving the past and maintaining the beauty of its valley.
Attractions and Activities in Wandiligong
See Australia’s largest living hedge maze, the largest apple orchard in the southern hemisphere, visit historic buildings and the Alpine Park, or visit in early May when The Wandiligong Nut Festival is on celebrating the nut harvest season in autumn with cooking, comedy and culture.
Several walks in Wandiligong show the visitor the beautiful heritage valley and its history, including the Wandi Wander, Royal Bridge Walk and The Diggings Walk with its Chinese Swing Bridge giving a hint to some of the locals of old.