The Shire of Hepburn is around 110 km north-west of Melbourne, with easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. It is home to approximately 15,000 people. The region has a rich indigenous heritage.

The population increased greatly thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today. Many areas and buildings within the shire are also heritage listed.

The Shire of Hepburn is the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. Mineral springs have attracted retreats for relaxation and treatments. There are also many areas of natural beauty with abundant forests, parks and reserves.

Trentham is located at the top of the Great Dividing Range mid-way between Daylesford & Woodend. It is surrounded by temperate rainforest, and Trentham falls (above) in the Wombat State Forest is a popular attraction. Bushwalking, camping, horse and bike riding are common activities in the area.


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

Enquiries are to be directed to Central Highlands Rural Health or Trentham hospital directly. See for contact details.


going rural health support

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

Useful Links

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

Tourist information: and search for the relevant township in the Hepburn region.

Hepburn Shire Council information:

Health Service website:


General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791




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