The Townships

...experience the unique character & charm!

Gippsland is a verdant region ideally suited to touring. What makes the journey even more enjoyable is that dotted amongst the countryside are many villages and towns with their own unique character and charm. You will find heritage aplenty in towns such as the seaside Port Albert, home of the Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum and the unique gold mining heritage of Walhalla. In towns such as Warragul, Yarram and Maffra you will find historical buildings dating from the early 1900s...

BALOOK

Population: 13
The tiny town of Balook is the start of the Balook Pioneer Trail, which takes in several historic sites of the early settlers to the district. The Tarra Bulga Centre is also located on Grand Ridge Road.
Accommodation: Guest House, 2 Caravan Parks nearby
Things to do: Tarra Bulga National Park

 

COWWARR


Population: 200
Location: 191km east of Melbourne, 27km northwest of Traralgon. Situated in rich dairying country, Cowwarr had its hay day in the Gold Rush. Several historic buildings still remain, the largest being the Old Butter Factory (1918), which has been transformed into a gallery for contemporary visual arts.
Accommodation: Hotel
Things to do: Gallery, Main Road,
Cowwarr Weir Picnic area
Population: 400
Location: 110km east of Melbourne on the Princes Freeway

DARNUM

Population: 800
Originally a timber town, now Darnum is known for its familiar landmark of the huge Darnum Stump, which was relocated from Mt Erica to Darnum by the Weir family as a tribute to the logging pioneers. The surrounding land is now used predominantly for dairy grazing.
Things to do: Mt Worth State Park, Grand Ridge Road, Darnum Musical Village, Darnum Stump Tearooms

DROUIN

Population: 6000
Location: 97km east of Melbourne
Drouin was established as a service town for the surrounding pastoral, agricultural and diary districts. The Drouin Nature Reserve has 3km of walking tracks set in 14 hectares of natural bushland.
Accommodation: Motel, 3 Hotel/Motels, 2 Guest houses, 3 caravan parks and a B&B
Things to do: Fruit and berry farm, Fisher Road, Drouin Nature Reserve, Drouin South, Drouin Farmers Market, 3rd Saturday of each month, Civic Park

ERICA

Population: 150
Location: 164km east of Melbourne
A historic mountain timber town which still has one its original timber mills, Micah’s Mill, operating in the area. A pretty little town surrounded by lush mountains Erica has easy access to many other activities in the area and surrounding district.
Accommodation: Hotel/Motel, B&B, Caravan Park
Things to do: Mt Saint Gwinear cross country skiing and snow play, Mt Erica, Mushroom Rocks, Erica to Thomson Rail Trail, Tyres Valley Rail Trail, Winery, Walhalla Gold Mining town

GOLDEN/PARADISE BEACH

Population: 800
Location: 37km southeast of Sale
Renowned for its excellent fishing particularly from Ninety Mile Beach, Golden/Paradise Beach is surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Parks and is home to a great variety of bird life. The wreck of the Trinculo lies on the beach.
Accommodation: cabins, camping, B&B
Things to do: Swimming and surfing, surf fishing day and night, 9 hole golf course, carpet bowls, bush walks. Explore the Trinculo wreck, Electric BBQs and playground
Major Events: Surf fishing competition – Australia Day weekend in January, Hole in One competition in December, Whale watching in season, Fun Run in November

HEYFIELD

Population: 1600
Location: 42km northeast of Traralgon
The town was established as a resting point for diggers on their way to the goldfields and is known today for its agriculture and timber production. Heyfield is home to the largest hardwood sawmill in the southern hemisphere. It is also acknowledged as the gateway to the High Country. Nearby Glenmaggie Weir is a summer water sports playground. New Wetlands Visitor Centre opening July 2003.
Accommodation: motel, hotel & B&B
Things to do: Wetlands/Timber Interpretation Centre, Heyfield flora reserve, 2km north of the town, Wetlands, Lake Glenmaggie, Market held the first Sunday of the month, Waterwheel monument – Denison, Robotic Dairy – Winnindoo
Major Events: Australia Day Celebrations, Annual Vintage machinery Rally in August

LOCH SPORT

Population: 900
Location: 272km east of Melbourne
Loch Sport is located in the middle of the Gippsland Lakes System and has Lake Victoria on one side and the surf of Ninety Mile Beach on the other. Surrounded by National parkland, the wildlife is abundant. All forms of water sports and leisure activities are available at Loch Sport.
Accommodation: Motel, caravan park, cottage
Things to do: Outboard Motor Museum, Rotomah Island Bird Observatory, Lakes Victoria foreshore walk, Lake Reeve lookout, Galleries, Surf and Lake fishing, Boating
Major Events: Loch Sport Easter Festival

Lochspot

MAFFRA


Population: 4200
Location: 228km east of Melbourne
What is now the Location: of the Maffra township was in the 1840s the site of the Green Hill Native Police Station. Following its closure a small settlement developed at this spot on the Macalister River in the 1860s when a punt was built to enable travellers to get to the gold fields to the north. By the 1880s, with the development of grazing all around, the town grew and became home to the largest beef cattle sale yards in rural Victoria. A sugar beet industry was started in 1896 and operated until after the Second World War, by which time dairying had become far more mechanized and was thus more economically viable.

Maffra today is the hub of the rich Macalister dairying, agricultural, pastoral and irrigation district. While home to one of the most modern milk processing plants in Australia. Maffra still retains its main street charm and throughout the town a visual attractiveness reminiscent of earlier times. Maffra has a proud sporting tradition with a wide range of excellent facilities catering for many popular pursuits.
Accommodation: motel, 3 hotels, caravan park with O/S vans, 2 B&Bs, backpacker hostel
Things to do: Gem and mineral display – old court house, Sugar Beet Museum – McMahon Drive, Macalister River Park< Macalister Swamp reserve –bird hides, Wide range of sports, Easy access to Central Gippsland attractions, Gateway to the Alpine National Park and Avon Wilderness, Four wheel driving
Major Events: Stage of Grand Prix Rally – March, Maffra Mardi Gras – March, Hill Climb Car Racing – Boisdale, Tennis Tournament – Easter, National Moto X – Newry

Marffra

MORWELL

Population: 14700
Location: 150km southwest Melbourne
You are welcomed to Morwell with the smell of roses emanating from the World renowned Morwell Centenary Rose Garden which boasts over 250 varieties of roses. The newly refurbished Latrobe Regional Gallery houses a permanent display of contemporary art work with regular touring exhibitions. Power Works is the major information and interpretative centre for the region’s power industry, which generates over 80% of Victoria’s power. Pokerworks is considered the best example of industrial tourism with guided tours of open cut coal mines and power generation plants.

Morwell has much to offer for residents and tourists alike such as Airlie Bank Gallery featuring an important collection of light horse memorabilia. Morwell has a range of Accommodation:, hotels, clubs and restaurants to suit all and shopping to please every taste. Only 16km to the Morwell National Park a unique area of remnant forest in the northern foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, a must see for the nature enthusiast. Fern gullies, eucalypts, 43 species of native orchid and abounding with natural wildlife and birds. Take a picnic and stroll along the many walking tracks.
Accommodation: Motel/Hotels
Things to do: Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, Power Works, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Community playground, Morwell National Park, Mid Valley – Village Cinemas, Morwell Go-Carts, Morwell Tenpins, Airlie Bank Gallery, Lake Kernot, LV Golf Driving Range
Major Events: Celebration of Roses, A variety of Sporting Events, Travelling Exhibitions & Art/Craft Shows

PORT ALBERT

Population: 300
Location: 200km southeast of Melbourne, 15km south of Yarram
Port Albert was the original gateway to Gippsland and was the supply port for Gippsland’s pioneers until the completion of the rail line from Melbourne to the docks. Port Albert’s 1860’s former Bank of Victoria building houses the Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum showcasing such treasures as artifacts from the wreck of the ‘Clonmel’, working models, navigational aids and charts. Archival material, a shell collection and the fisherman’s room together with displays showing Port Albert’s role in Gippsland Gold reminding visitors.
Accommodation: Motel, hotel, cottages, 2 caravan parks, B&B
Things to do: Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum, Old Port Walk Trail, Gallery, Scenic Boat Tours, Bird Watching, Fishing, Sailing, Fishing Charters, Award Winning Fish and Chippery, Historic Church, Tarraville Major Events: Port Albert Regatta – March

Port Albert

RAWSON

Population: 330
Location: 168km East of Melbourne
Formally the site for workers on the Thomson Dam, the mountain township is now a popular base for exploration of the trails around Mt Saint Gwinear. The Thomson Dam was completed in 1983 and is the largest earth and rock fill dam in the southern hemisphere with the dam wall 165 metres high.
Accommodation: Resort/motel. Lodge, caravan park
Things to do: River rafting, Trout fishing, Poverty Point Bridge, and theThomson Dam

SALE

Population: 13800
Location 212km east of Melbourne
Sale grew on the back of the gold rush in Omeo, Stringers Creek and Crooked River. It became Gippsland’s first city in 1950. During the 1880’s the swing bridge operated up to 20 times a day to allow larger vessels to dock in the heart of Sale.

In more recent times it has become the transfer base for the offshore oilrigs in Bass Strait and the home of the RAAF air base. Internationally accredited Ramser Wetlands located in Sale are a major attraction for overseas visitors.
Accommodation: 8 motels, 3 hotels, motel/hotel, 4 B&Bs, 2 caravan parks

Things to do: Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Historical Museum- Foster Street, St Pauls Cathedral and rectory built in 1885, Historic homestead and gardens, Bataluk Cultural Trail, Sale Powder Magazine, RAAF Roulettes Display, International Wetlands boardwalk, Lake Guthridge/Guyall environmental playground, Antiques and Bric-a-brac, Greyhound racing, Greenwattle racecourse, Botanic Gardens and Fauna park, National Trust classified Swing Bridge, Sale Heritage drive, Historic Cobb & Co Stables
Major Events: Wetland Classic bush races – January, Sale Cup – February, Cruise and Rock – November, Agriculture Show – November, Gippsland International Showjumping Championships – December

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TINAMBA


Population: 100
Location: 10km west of Maffra
A small town established when McEvoys Track from Seaton opened which was a major access track to the goldfields.
Accommodation: B&B

TOONGABBIE

Population: 250
Location: 24km Northeast of Traralgon
A historic township in a classic rural landscape, has a strong association to the Walhalla Goldfields. Like many other Gippsland settlements, Toongabbie once supplied food, timber and explosives to the goldmining towns of Gippsland. Interpretive signs tell the story of days gone by. The township features some restored heritage buildings particularly the Mechanics Institute and the Anglican Church.
Things to do: Historic Walks, Golf Course, Ned Stringers Memorial, Skate Park, Children's Playground, Toongabbie Pottery

TRAFALGAR


Population: 2200
Location: 121 km East of Melbourne
This pretty town is nestled at the foot of the Strzelecki Ranges was established in the 1870’s with the construction of the railway line. Named after the Battle of Trafalgar and believed to be the only town in the world named Trafalgar. The Battle of Trafalgar theme continues through the town with the annual festival called "The Battle of Trafalgar" and its very popular restaurant, Nelson’s. New BBQ and picnic facilities on the Princes Highway are fast becoming a favourite rest spot for travellers.
Accommodation: Hotel, B&Bs
Things to do: Venison farm, Swimming pool during summer, Restaurants, Cafes, Bakery, Bistro, Tennis courts, Children’s Playground, Farm gate produce
Major Events: The Battle of Trafalgar, a 10 day festival in October.

TYRES

Population: 270
Location: 10km north of Traralgon
The perfect rural setting with access to major centres within Latrobe City. Tyres attracts visitors to Wirilda Environment Park, the commencement point for a challenging walk to Moondarra Reservoir, Peterson’s Lookout over Tyres River Gorge and the historic gardens at Jean Galbraith reserve with botanical and historical significance. Tyres, host to the Tyres Art Show in November each year is also the other gateway to Walhalla and the mountain rivers region.
Things to do: Bushwalking, Picnic areas, Local Arts, Crafts & historical gardens, Tyers Park, Paterson’s Lookout
Major Events: Tyres Art Show

WARRAGUL

Population: 11000
Location: 103km east of Melbourne
Warragul is the commercial hub of West Gippsland as well as the centre of one of the richest dairying region. Several buildings in the town have been classified by the National Trust. The West Gippsland Art Centre is regarded as the Mecca of performance and visual arts in the region. Warragul is located between the Strzelecki Ranges and the Baw Baw Plateau and is therefore an excellent base from which to explore in both directions.
Accommodation: 3 motels, guesthouse, caravan park, B&Bs
Things to do: West Gippsland Art Centre

Fiddlers green

YALLOURN NORTH


Population: 1200
Location: 10km Northeast of Moe
Yallourn North is historically significant for it was here that Gippsland’s brown coal was discovered and mined from 1889. In the early days, tents provided housing, then an unplanned town evolved, simply known as Brown Coal Mine.

Now a thriving rural community, the town is home to a museum telling the tale of its origins.
Things to do: Lake Narracan, Golf Course, Moe/Yallourn Rail Trail, Old Brown Coal Mine Museum, Children’s Playground, Picnic facilities

YARRAM


Population: 1800
Location: 20km Southeast of Melbourne
First settled in 1845, Yarram grew as a result of the rich dairying country and timber industry operating nearby. Yarram is the base for many nearby attractions such as Port Albert, Tara Valley and the start of the Ninety-Mile Beach. The town boasts the annual Tarra Festival at Easter with street parade, art exhibitions, a race meeting, and a country fair.
Accommodation: 2 motels, 2 hotels, 2 caravan parks, B&Bs
Things to do: Tarra Valley fern gullies, Tara Bulga National Park, White Woman Waterhole, Historic gardens, McLaughlin’s Beach walking track, Hiawatha Falls, Award winning bakery, Historic Regent Theatre

YINNAR


Population: 400
Location: 18kkm South of Morwell
Yinnar is a tranquil rural township, which is home to an eclectic and successful arts community. A dilapidated old butter factory has come back to life as the Yinnar Art Resource Collective, which includes private studios and public display areas for printmaking, ceramics, metalwork, painting and drawing. Yinnar, also with the Matchbox gallery, is worth visiting for art enthusiasts.
Accommodation: B&B
Things to do: ARC Yinnar, Matchbox Gallery

                

BRIAGOLONG

Population: 548
Easy access to the Gippsland Hign Country, Freestone Creek Gorge and the Blue Pool. Historical walks around the town with signs indicating buildings of interest such as the 1874 Mechanics Institute, the 1880 Briagolong Hotel and 1873 Primary School.
Accommodation: Cottages, camping
Things to do: Briagolong to Cobbannah Scenic Road, Freestone Creek Gorge, Galleries, Trail Riding and Alpine Tours, Blue Pool and Quarry Reserve

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BOOLARRA


Population: 490
Location: 27km south of Morwell
Located in the foothills of strezelecki Ranges, the village of Boolarra was established in 1884. The main industry apart from farming was timber. Today Boolarra provides beautiful views, relaxed environment and country living. Explore the Boolarra to Mirboo North Rail Trail, a walk along a disused railway line that follows the picturesque Little Morwell River Valley with its native animals, birds and towing mountain eucalypts.
Accommodation: B&B
Major Events: Boolarra Folk Festival
Things to do: Morwell River Falls, Mirboo North-Boolarra Rail Trail

CHURCHILL

Population:: 5,000
Location: 11km south of Morwell
A gateway to the spectacular Morwell National Park, Churchill is Gippsland’s university town providing education, Accommodation: and seminars for thousands of students at Monash University. High quality art is on display at the Switchback Gallery on the university campus. Visit the landmark sculpture of Winston Churchill’s cigar that highlights the shopping centre surrounded by undulating suburban streets with pretty rural views in every direction. Nearby Lake Hyland is a lovely spot for family fun, fishing, walks and picnics. A short drive from Churchill will find you at Hazelwood Pondage where you can enjoy a variety of water activities including sailing, powerboats, yachting and canoeing. With warm water swimming all year round. Hazelwood Pondage hosts the Open Water Swimming Championships. A feature of the lake is sailing for the disabled with access to sailing dinghies and wheelchair access.
Accommodation: Hotels & Motels
Things to do: Hazelwood Pondage, Lake Hyland & Mathison Park, Switchback Gallery
Major Events: Concerts & Exhibitions

DARGO


Population: 150
Location: 348km east of Melbourne
Located in the foothills of the Dargo High Plains is one of Victoria’s most remote communities. Four Wheel Driving, Canoeing, Fishing, Horse Riding, Walking and Gold Panning are all popular activities in and around Dargo. While Dargo was primarily a supply town during the gold rush, it did experience a minor rush and quartz gold mining continued until 1950. Dargo is also known for its century old walnut groves that line the valley floor.
Accommodation: Hotel, Motel, B&B, caravan park, 5 cottages
Things to do: Winery, Dargo High Plains (road closed during winter months), Historic Grant and Talbotville goldfields, 100 year old pub, Gold museum and gold tours
Major Events: Walnut Festival – Easter Sunday, Annual opening of the Natural and State Park tracks – Melbourne Cup weekend

Dargo

GLENGARRY

Population: 1800
Location: 13km north/east of Traralgon
The village of Glengarry was an outlet for the timber industry and following the clearing of trees became a pastoral district. Glengarry invites visitors to share their country hospitality with art, craft, antiques and cozy B&B’s
Accommodation: B &B’s
Things to do: Art & craft shops, Winery, BBQ’s, picnic tables and playground, Bakery
Major Events: Rose Festival

GLENMAGGIE/COONGULLA

Population: nominal
Location: 12km north of Heyfield
The remains of the original township of Glenmaggie remain under water at the bottom of the Glenmaggie Weir. The weir was built primarily for irrigation but today remains very popular for water sports such as skiing, speed boat racing etc. The Weir Wall area provides a pleasant picnic area and information centre and gives the visitor an opportunity to walk across the spillway area. Glenmaggie winery is nearby and offers cellar door sales. Glenmaggie Caravan Park is located on the lake shoreline.
Accommodation: Caravan parks, B&B
Things to do: Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing, Bushwalking, Winery, Weir Wall, Historic Machinery Display

JINDIVICK

Population: nominal
Location: 20km north of Drouin or Warragul
Jindivick is in the heart of the Gippsland Gourmet Country. Jack's at Jindivick restaurant specialises in quality local produce and wine.
Things to do: Trail riding, scenic drives, Gardens, Tarago Reserve.
Major Events: Chilli Festival in February

LICOLA

Population: nominal
Location: 51km north of Heyfield
Licola was formally a timber town where early cattlemen drove their cattle to graze in the High Country for summer. Now a good base for adventures such a bushwalking the Alpine area, 4 wheel driving and fishing trips.
Accommodation: caravan park, cottages, backpackers
Things to do: Tali Karn overnight bushwalk, Bryce Gorge bushwalk, Trout fishing

Licola

MIRBOO NORTH

Population: 1300
Location: 156km southeast of Melbourne
Mirboo North is a farming town sitting approximately half way along the Grand Ridge Road in the Strezelecki Ranges. The local boutique brewery has a range of beers, which is located in what was the old milk factory. Many of the buildings in the main street boast beautiful murals.
Accommodation: Hotel/Motel, 2 B&Bs, 2 cottages, host farm and hostel
Things to do: Emu Farm, Brewery, Baromi Road, Lavender Farm, Galleries and street murals, Lyrebird Forest walk, Mirboo North/Boolarra Rail Trail, Walking tracks
Major Events: Mirboo North/Strezelecki Ranges Festival, February, Agricultural Show, February, St Paul’s Italian Festival, February, Art Show, May

MOE

Population: 16300
Location: 134km southeast of Melbourne
Moe, an established town with good shopping, restaurants, winery and sporting venues, is a foundation town of Gippsland and home to the Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe Racing Club with the Moe Jazz Festival held on Labour Day week-end in March each year. Step back in time at Gippsland Heritage Park with over 30 authentic historical buildings and one of Victoria’s finest collections of fully restored horse drawn vehicles. Moe is a gateway to the goldfields and historic Walhalla as well as the snowfields of Mt Baw Baw and St Gwinear
Accommodation: Motels/hotels. Caravan park and B&Bs
Things to do: Gippsland Heritage Park, Newborough Arts Precinct, Lake Narracan, Moondarra Reservoir, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve, Moe Botanic Gardens
Major Events: Moe Cup – October, Moe Jazz Festival – March Labour day week-end, Gems, Gold and other Treasures in April, Victorian Teachers Games in September, Victorian Junior Solo Championship Motor Bike Speedway titles, December

MT BAW BAW

Population: nominal off season, 150 winter
Location: 160km northeast of Melbourne
Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest ski field to Melbourne. It is situated on the edge of the Baw Baw Plateau and has magnificent views. Skiing downhill and cross country, snow boarding, general snow play; are irresistible during the winter months with modern facilities and its friendly atmosphere.
Accommodation: 23 lodges. 1 Apartment, 1 Hotel
Major Events: Baw Baw Classic cycle race, November, Mountain Bike Championships, November, Opening of the ski season, June

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NEERIM SOUTH

Population: 455
Location: 110km east of Melbourne
Located at the base of Mt Baw Baw, this beautiful town is busy servicing tourists on their way to Mt Baw Baw. Lovely shops and picnic facilities available.
Accommodation: B&Bs, caravan park
Things to do: Scenic drives, Wineries, Cafes, Galleries and Gardens

NEWBOROUGH


Population: (part of Moe)
Location: 134km southeast of Melbourne
Rutherglen Road, known as the Artist Precinct, is the centre of Newborough Village with a collection of craft, cafes and artists shop fronts where visitors are welcome. Newborough is home to the world class "Joe Carmody Athletics Track" and the Model Aero Club. A choice of two excellent golf courses, or enjoy swimming, water skiing, the boardwalk and picnics at Lake Narracan.
Accommodation: B&Bs
Things to do: Lake Narracan, Golf Courses and Sporting Complexes

NOOJEE

Population: 140
Location: 102km east of Melbourne via Lilydale or Yarra Junction, 40km North of Warragul
Situated near the banks of the Latrobe River, the surrounding area is stunning in its outlook. The old Trestle Bridge is not to be missed when visiting this area.
Accommodation: Hotel, self contained cottages, cabins, camping ground
Things to do: Restaurant/Bar/Bistro, Trestle Bridge, Toorongo Falls, The Ada Tree, Winery

ROSEDALE

Population: 760
Location: 184km east of Melbourne
Originally known as "Blind Joes Hut" after a Chinese man who was blind in one eye built his hut there, the name changed to Rosedale in 1855. Once a dairy district, now mainly grazing with a major leather factory located in the town.
Accommodation: 2 motels, caravan park, B&B
Things to do: The Holey Plain State Park – 5km southeast, Antique and bric-a-brac, Rosedale speedway, Tarra Bulga National Park – 23km south, Market 2nd Sunday of each Month

Rosedale

SEASPRAY

Population: 220
Location: 30km south of Sale
Seaspray is known mainly for its great fishing and swimming beach. Surf life saving patrols during the summer peak periods provide the perfect environment for the family activities at the beach.
Accommodation: Caravan and camping
Things to do: surfing and surf fishing

STRATFORD

Population: 1300
Location: 228km east of Melbourne
Stratford has a Shakespearean theme and an annual Shakespeare Festival in April. "Local theatre", antiques and galleries make for a pleasant visit to Stratford.
Accommodation: Motel, caravan park, cottage and B&B
Things to do: Horse and carriage tours, Knob Reserve – Canoe tree, Avon River – gem and fossil fossicking, Galleries and antique, The Old Court Theatre, Gold tours
Major Events: Shakespeare on the River Festival late April/early March

THORPDALE


Population: nominal
Location: 14km south of Trafalgar Thorpdale is a small town in the heart of Victoria’s premier potato growing region in the Strzelecki Ranges. Rich Soil and fantastic views in every direction.

TRARALGON

Population: 19000
Location: 164km east of Melbourne
Sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shopping arcades mark the commercial centre of Traralgon, cottager gardens and neat period homes line the residential streets. Settled in 1846 along the Traralgon Creek, most of the town's heritage survives including the Star Hotel, the old Post Office, Ryan’s Hotel and Ostler House all reflecting the glory of days gone by. Traralgon is a thriving commercial and business centre, servicing a major agricultural, pastoral, papermaking and timber industry. Aerial adventures at the nearby Latrobe Regional Airport with skydiving, gliding and scenic flights or you can even learn to fly. Daily flights to Sydney and Launceston with connections to regional centres. A favourite destination for picnickers is Victory Park with its sculpture, Lars Compatalis, historic band rotunda and playground featuring a swing for the wheelchair bound.

Watch painters at work in the old Traralgon Railway building, enjoy a round of golf at the Traralgon Golf Course or marvel at the skill of tomorrow’s tennis champions at the International Junior Tennis Tournament held in January each year. Traralgon South, a small rural community, is home to Traralgon Motorcycle Club with regular events held at Loy Yang Park including the Thumper Dirt Bikes. With Traralgon South road leads to Tarra Bulga National Park, one of only four major areas of cool temperate rainforest in the state of Victoria. The park features walking tracks through lush fern gullies, giant Mountain Ash Trees, beautiful tree ferns and a wondrous array of song birds including the shy lyrebird. Don’t miss the suspension bridge and Cyathea falls, Visitor’s Centre and tearooms.
Accommodation: B&Bs, Hotels/Motels
Things to do: Victory Park, Golf Course, Roundhouse Art Studio, Skate Park, Bert Thompson Reserve, Miniature Railway, Newman Park and Playground, Traralgon Centre Plaza, Historic Town Walks, Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Sports Complexes, Swimming Pool, Restaurants/Cafes, Kay Street Market, Lookout, Loy Yang Power Station, Zanella Estate Winery
Major Events: Loy Yang International Tennis Championships, Variety of Sporting Events, Traralgon Agricultural Show, Latrobe Food & Wine Festival, Tattersalls Cup.

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WALHALLA HISTORIC TOWNSHIP

Population: 21
Location: 182km east of Melbourne, 48km north of Moe and Traralgon
Nestled in the beautiful hillside is a small valley that was once the bustling gold mining township of Walhalla. Tours of the Long Tunnel Extended Mine provide an appreciation of the conditions under which the miners worked, and authentic buildings, artifacts and cemetery tell how they lived. The spectacular local scenery can be fully appreciated while riding the Goldfields Railway as it winds it way from Thomson Station.
Accommodation: Guest house, B&Bs, cottages, hotels
Things to do: Gold mine tour, Goldfields rail journey, Walhalla Post and Telegraph Office, Museum, Historic Band Rotunda, Walhalla Cemetery, Tramline walking track, Copper mine, Walhalla Cricket ground

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WILLOW GROVE

Population: nominal
Location: 18km north of Moe or Trafalgar are small town located on what was the Old Main Road to Melbourne from Sale which overlooks the Blue Rock Lake – a popular swimming, fishing and recreational spot.
Accommodation: B&B
Things to do: Blue Rock Lake, fishing, swimming, sailing

YARRAGON

Population: 700
Location: 115km east of Melbourne
A delightful mixture of antiques, galleries, arts and crafts, books, cafes and eateries await visitors to Yarragon; all within a few meters of rest room facilities and a BBQ area. Yarragon, the "browsers delight" is a popular rest stop, which is known for the old steam train located near the BBQ area.

Known initially as Waterloo, the town of Yarragon was officially granted its title in 1883. The land, which was once renowned for its booming timber industry and swampland, grew into a very successful pioneering town. The first shops opened in 1879, the first hotel commenced business in 1880 and then an incredible 43 years later the town was connected to electricity.

Devastating floods rocked Yarragon in 1934 followed by Black Friday bushfires in 1939, many of the early pioneering families still have descendants living in Yarragon Village today, proving what a loyal and attractive place the town is.

Yarragon today is a ‘bustling’ town, known affectionately as the browsers delight! It is a village full to bursting with the unique and the unusual, the delicious and the delightful. Arts, crafts, textiles, galleries, books, antiques, lollies, Asian treasures, garden art, coffee and cakes, Taste local cheeses and wines, smell freshly baked breads and pastries and savour all of the other delights the town has to offer. Dine alfresco or in air-conditioned comfort during the warmer months or by a log fire when the days are cooler.

With quality accommodation in the town you can spend your time being pampered with a spa and massage, walking through the beautiful surrounds of the Strzelecki Ranges, or just using your place of rest as a base to explore the beautiful surrounds of Yarragon Village. Visit the local trout fishing resort or try your hand at some adventure tours with the local adventure company.

Yarragon welcomes you to taste, enjoy and experience the many attractions our Village has to offer.
Accommodation: motel, B&B
Things to do: Galleries, Exhibitions, Art and craft, Gourmet produce, Trout fishing, Mt Worth State Park

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