Drouin

An agricultural and pastoral town. Local factories producing lingerie, butter, cheeses and powdered milk, steel pipes and plastic are the major employers. The annual Ficifolia Festival is held in February.

Location: 96 km south east of Melbourne near Warragul.

Brief history: the town developed after the arrival of the railway at the end of the 1870s. Boxer Lionel Rose (born 1948) came from a humpy settlement at nearby Jacksons Track to win the world bantamweight boxing crown in 1968.

Origin of name: believed to be derived from the local Aboriginal word for ‘north wind’, though it has also been suggested it recalls a Frenchman who invented a chlorination process for extracting metals from ore

Things To See and Do

Natural features: West Drouin Nature Reserve; Camp Hill; Red Hill; Scotts Hill

Built features: The Farm Shed (shearing and sheep dog displays); Fruit and berry farm; Drouin West Angora & alpaca farm

Surrounding Area

Drouin is located within the Gourmet Deli Trail which consists of a network of farms, vineyards and outlets selling local cheese, wine, fish, fruit, herbs and meat. The trail also includes the towns of Wonthaggi, Warragul and Foster.

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