Community - About Donald

Donald is situated half way between Melbourne and Mildura on the Sunraysia Highway.

Established in 1863, it’s home to a welcoming community and offers a relaxed lifestyle in the heart of rural Victoria. With a host of local services, that include three hotels, two motels, Caravan Park, easy access to shops and cafes, Donald is a great place to stop, relax or unwind on your holiday. Donald has a reputation as a vibrant progressive community, come for a visit and check it out as the place you may want to call “home” in the future. Whatever your needs or wants, Donald can provide it all.



Recently the township bid on one of three faux fish used in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games ceremony, and was successful.

An attraction in the township is the Bullock's Head Tree, a tree which has a growth on it in the shape of a head of a bullock. Though this was badly damaged in a storm, with the top of the tree falling down, it was re-erected using a metal pole and concrete.

Waterskiing and camping facilities are available at the nearby Lakes.


The Mildura railway line passes through Donald, but only freight services run on it. Donald railway station was closed in 1993, one hundred years after it opened. Buses run through Donald daily from major centres such as Ballarat and Melbourne.