A former goldmining town that is a popular among visitors to Wilsons Promontory and the Strzelecki Ranges as a home base.

Location: 169 km from Melbourne. 44 km south east of Leongatha.

Natural features: Foster Flora Reserves: Stockyard Creek; Mt Nicholl Lookout; Nooramunga and Corner Inlet Marine & Coastal Parks
Brief history: Gold was mined near Foster in 1871, but it quickly dried up and the miners who stayed turned to dairying. The town prospered with the arrival of the railway in 1892 and a butter factory was opened in 1905.

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Origin of name: Originally known as Stockman's Creek after the stream that still runs through it, the name was changed to Foster in 1871, in honour of William Henry Foster, the town's magistrate.

Things To See and Do

Turtons Creek Reserve

Most prospecting for gold at Foster took place at Turtons Creek, some 18 km north. There is little evidence of the prospecting left to indicate the very short gold rush (18 months) occurred on this site. Today the area is now a haunt for lyrebirds in tree-fern gullies. The area is dominated by Mountain Ash and Blackwoods, with Rough Tree-fern and Smooth Tree-fern common along the creek. You can enjoy a picnic at the reserve's waterfalls and watch the falls trickle down in summer or wildly cascade following heavy rainfall. Recreational fishing can be enjoyed in Turtons Creek with the streams offering trout, blackfish and eel. The reserve has a camping area.

Surrounding Area

Corner Inlet Marine National Park

A 1,550 hectare park is located to the north and east of Wilsons Promontory National Park adjacent to the southern shores of Corner Inlet. The sheltered inlet is a pleasant setting with its low landscapes of marshes framed by the spectacular backdrop of the granite peaks of Wilsons Promontory. Walking, canoeing or kayaking are greats way to explore the park. A number of tour operators in the area offering boat tours. Boat-based camping is available at Tin Mine Cove within Wilsons Promontory National Park.




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