A market town devoted to the district’s agricultural
production of dairy products, fat lambs, poultry, vegetables and fodder
crops. Bituminous coal and silicon have been mined nearby.
Location: 122 km south east of Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway.
Prom Country Visitor Information Centre
South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra, Victoria 3950
Ph: 1800 630 704 / (03) 5655 2233
South Gippsland Tourist Railway: runs a collection of historical diesel
locomotives and railcars between Leongatha, Korumburra and Nyora along
a 36-kilometre section of former Victorian Railways track. It is a
section of the former Great Southern Railway which once stretched
almost 250 kilometres from Melbourne to Woodside, between Yarram and
Sale. The steep and windy track skirts its way along the hills of the
beautiful Strezlecki Ranges, with spectacular views across Gippsland
and towards Phillip Island and the Wonthaggi coast. trains operate
every Sunday. Ph (03) 5658 1111.
Korumburra is home to the world’s largest earth worm. The largest
recorded Korumburra worm was four metres long with a diameter of more
than two centimetres.
Brief history: the densely wooded hills of the area were eventually
removed and pastures developed for dairy cattle. The village was
founded in 1880. Coal was first discovered here in 1872 and the Coal
Creek Mine operated from the 1890s to 1958.
Origin of name: the local Aboriginal name for the blowfly.
Coal Creek Community Park & Museum: initially created to
preserve the unique history of coal and the development of the South
Gippsland railway and the rural settlement which was accelerated by the
dairy and timber industries. It contains a large collection of
artefacts housed in the many heritage buildings in a village like
setting. There is also a bush tramway and bushland walking tracks. Free
entry. Location: South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra. Ph (03) 6566 1811.