Avoca is located on the Sunraysia Highway, on the banks of the Avoca River, in the midst of the Pyrenees wine region. It a former gold mining town that has been transformed by the winery industry and it is becoming well known for its excellent food and wine.

Popular wineries in the area include Mount Avoca Winery, Blue Pyrenees Estate, Dalwhinnie Winery, St Ignatius Vinyard, Summerfield Wines, Warrenmang Vinyard, and Taltarni Vinyards. Some of these wineries also boast delicious food, scenic accommodation, & degustation dinners.

The Avoca River is located just west of the main street, and is lined by walking tracks and beautiful trees.

The Pyrenees ranges are located west of Avoca, which boast bushwalking, abundant wildlife, and scenic drives.


Rural health students have access to accommodation managed by the health service. 

There are a couple of rooms available at Avoca for students to book into. Alternatively, new student accommodation is available at Maryborough for placement students, which is a ~15-20 minute drive from Avoca. Access the booking system via this link: MDHS Accommodation Booking System

The University of Melbourne at Creswick has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within this region, about a 30 minute drive away. Residents are allocated a bedroom, while the kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared.

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Creswick accommodation, please visit the following website:


Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Tourist information Avoca & Maryborough: go to www.travelvictoria.com.au and search for the relevant town name.

Wineries: http://pyrenees.org.au/wineries/


Health Service Information: https://mdhs.vic.gov.au/

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Avoca. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791

Email: going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au



Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.