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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