Dunolly is a town in Victoria located on the Dunolly - Maryborough Road, in the Central Goldfields Shire around 62 kilometres from Bendigo. Dunolly has a population of 1000 people.

The town began during the Victorian Gold Rush, and has produced more nuggets than any other goldfield in Australia. The town was first known as Goldborough and the Post Office opened under that name on 1 March 1856 and was renamed Dunolly in 1859.

Dunolly has become a favourite location for gold fossicking using metal detectors. A number of small scale alluvial mining operations work local "leads" using mechanical diggers.


Water supply

The Laanecoorie system, part of the Loddon System serves the township of Dunolly.

The water supply system serves both residential, commercial and industrial customers with around 450 connections.

Raw water comes from the Loddon River at Laanecoorie.

For further water resource information on the Loddon System see our monthly Water Summaries.

Water treatment

The raw water is pumped to the Laanecoorie Water Treatment plant which is located about 3 kilometres west of the town itself.

Water is treated by flocculation, clarification, filtration and pH correction. If necessary blue-green algae is extracted by means of a carbon filter. The water is then chloraminated before storage in clearwater tanks adjacent to the treatment plant.

The treated water is pumped from Laanecoorie to a tank in Dunolly which holds up to 2.25 megalitres and then gravity fed to the township's reticulation system.

Full list of water treatment processes and added substances at out plants.


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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The Dunolly standpipe on Thompson Street



Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from approximately 370 customers is treated at the Dunolly Water Reclamation plant located 3 kilometres south west of the township.

The wastewater collection system was constructed in 2005.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

Wastewater is treated at the plant through a three lagoon system to a Class C standard.

The system consists of two facultative lagoons , a combined maturation and winter storage lagoon and an irrigation system.

The Water Reclamation Plant can treat up to 50 megalitres per year.

The wastewater is used on the land via two woodlots of salt tolerant eucalyptus.


Water restrictions

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) apply.

PWSR are a set of five common sense water rules that are in place at all times when water restrictions are not in force.



Thompson Street, Dunolly (Google Map)


Pricing information

Currently our region is divided into two separate pricing districts: Central and Northern. Fixed charges remain the same across both pricing districts but customers in each district pay a different rate per kilolitre of water used.


Dunolly is in our Central District which covers our Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas, Pyramid Hill, Lockington and towns near the Loddon River.

For full details see our Pricing information page.





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