Rochester is located 180km from Melbourne in Victoria's countryside. Rochester is on the Campaspe River between Echuca and Bendigo. Echuca is a Murray River port that connects Rochester to the other towns along the river.
Rochester has a very good golf course that is located on the Northern Highway at Campapse and there is the Rochester Golf Club on Black culvert Road.
Rochester has a railway station and the river also provides transport. There is a large dairy processing factory called Devondale that is located at Rochester.
The area is home to many different types of Agriculture and there is dairy, cattle, sheep and tomato farming to be found around Rochester.
The Post Office officially was opened in 1863 and the town is named after Dr John Pearson Rowe, who had a hotel here before the township was gazetted in 1855.
Rochester is famous as the birthplace of Sir Hubert Opperman, the great Australian Cyclist.