An important industrial town in the Latrobe valley that has developed on the back of industry centred around the brown coal fields. Industry in the town includes dairy products, milled timber, concrete pipes, furniture, spinning mills foodstuffs and gloves.

Location: 134 km east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.

Gippsland Food & Wine and Yarragon Visitor Information Centre
123 Princess Highway, Yarragon, Victoria 3823
Ph: (03) 5634 2451

Brief history: in the 1850s Moe became a base for rural selectors moving south into the hill country and for miners headed for the Walhalla goldfields to the north. A small gold discovery was made in the immediate area in 1852. The township of Moe was originally situated 3 km to the north of its present site. It was moved when the railway arrived in the late 1870s. Moe experienced huge growth after World War II centred around the controversial low cost housing estates built by the State Electricity Commission in the 1950s.

Origin of Name: the area was originally known as ‘The Moe’ or the ‘Mowie’ swamp, derived from an Aboriginal word which supposedly relating to the marshy nature of the territory.

Things To See and Do

Old Gippstown: a complete historical township filled with authentic buildings and decor makes an ideal venue for weddings and functions. Old Gippstown, Gippsland’s Heritage Park at Moe, is also renowned for its Coach house which contains one of Victoria’s best collections of horse drawn vehicles. Entry fees apply. Location: Old Gippstown is located on Lloyd St, just off the highway, next door to McDonalds and can be easily accessed by car, train and tour coach service. Ph (03) 5127 3082.

Lookout: Yallourn open-cut mine operations can be viewed from the Newborough Lookout which can be reached by taking the Yallourn turn-off at the Princes Highway and following the signposts.

Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve is 750 hectares of protected bushland which evokes the unsullied environment of pre-European Gippsland.

Surrounding Area

Moondarra State Park (26 km north east): known for its wildflower displays, particularly along Seninis Track where sixteen species of native orchid have been recorded. Scenic drives, bushwalks, picnicking, swimming, camping, fishing and nature study are popular activities. Some roads are suitable for bike riding. Spring is the main wildflower season and along with summer, are the most popular times to visit the park. Although, there is plenty to do all year round.

A 7km section of the former Walhalla Railway is publically accessible in the Park. The trail crosses the Moondarra Resevoir Road soon after the turnoff from the main road. The trail is not formally maintained – there are no signposts and some sections are partly overgrown.

Baw Baw National Park: Covering a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park offers colourful wildflowers in early summer and open grassy plains with Snow Gum woodlands. Mount St Gwinear, Mount Erica and the Baw Baw Alpine Village are ideal bases for bushwalking. The Thomson River downstream of the Thomson Dam offers some of the best white water rafting in Victoria. Several tour companies provide rafting tours all year round.

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