Where was Scrublands filmed? The real Riversend town location

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Set in the fictional town of Riversend, Scrublands was filmed on location in Victoria, Australia.

The four-episode series is an adaptation of Chris Hammer's award-winning novel of the same name, which was published in 2018.

Riversend Victoria

The crime thriller revolves around a remote town where Byron Swift, a young priest portrayed by Jay Ryan, goes berserk and shoots five parishioners.

A year later, journalist Martin Scarsden (Luke Arnold) arrives in the town to write an article about the tragedy. Rounding out the main cast is Bella Heathcote as local bookstore owner Mandy Bond.

Welcome to Riversend and our guide to (almost) all the filming locations of Scrublands. We have sorted the locations more or less into chronological order.

The Riversend town location

Riversend church
St. Brigids Catholic Church in Maldon served as Riversend's St. James Catholic Church.

Opened in 1891, this Victorian temple was built during the Gold Rush era.
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Scrublands town
Nestled in the heart of Victoria's Goldfields region, Maldon doubles as Riversend.

Located about 136 km (85 miles) from Melbourne, Maldon retains its 19th-century charm with many preserved heritage buildings lining its streets.
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Scrublands Riversend
Most of the scenes were filmed on the main street of this quaint town of barely 1,500 people.

Mandy's Oasis Bookshop & Cafe is the lovely The Book Wolf, which, according to a local guide, it has "an old-timey feel, and a decent selection of books".

The Landers General Store exterior is located in a vacant storefront across the street.
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Towan Plains Nature Conservation Reserve
According to one of our readers, the dry salt lake at the beginning of the series is located in the Towan Plains Nature Conservation Reserve, about 26 kilometers west of Nyah West in Victoria.
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Black Dog Motel
The Black Dog Motel is the Gisborne Motel, located in the town of the same name located about 50 kilometers northwest of Melbourne.

You can stay in this motel for about 170 Australian dollars per night in a double room.
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Springfields house
Harley Reagan's magnificent house, the Springfields estate, is located in Baringhup, Victoria.

Thanks to Then/Now Filming Locations for tracking down this location.
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Riversend hospital
The Riversend Hospital is the Maldon Hospital housed in a beautiful 19th-century building.

In the book, the town of Riversend is located in New South Wales.
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Scrublands location
Martin meets Defence and Foreign Affairs lawyer Ms. Coulson near a disused railway bridge over Joyces Creek in Newstead.

The local press reported that Scrublands was also filmed in Castlemaine.
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1- Anonymous - Nov 26, 2023, 9:48 AM
I think Springfields is the same house as A Place to Call Home? Am I right?

   2- Ra Moon - Nov 26, 2023, 13:06 PM
   Thanks, but it's another house.

3- Anonymous - Nov 26, 2023, 8:35 PM
The Black Dog Motel is the Gisborne Motel.

4- Anonymous - Nov 29, 2023, 11:23 PM
Harley Reagan’s house is in Baringhup, Victoria.

5- Anonymous - Dec 27, 2023, 5:01 PM
The salt lake in the 1st episode is 26 km west of Nyah West in Victoria.

   6- Ra Moon - Dec 28, 2023, 12:35 PM
   Thanks to all, updated!


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