Whroo Historic Reserve lies within the 33,000ha Rushworth State Forest. The 500ha reserve encompasses the site of the Whroo township and part of the associated goldfields.
By 1850 the area was extensively settled by pastoralists and, with the discovery of gold in 1853, the township of Whroo was established. When the more easily won surface gold petered out and reef mining activity intensified, the area assumed the character it was to maintain for many years. Tents were replaced by huts of logs, slab, dry clay bricks and stone. Stores and hotels appeared, along with butcher shops, dairies, a bakery, banks and one of the first goldfields' Mechanics Institute and Library.
All of the town's 139 buildings have now been moved or destroyed, yet an atmosphere remains. Sugar-gums, peppercorns and pine trees mark where the town once stood.There is a networks of walks for you to do for example: walk to the Balaclava open cut mine, a cemetry and the Ngural-Illam-Wurrung Rock Well.
The campsites are in the forest and you are surrounded by trees so plenty of shade is here if needed.