Whereas Morwell and Moe are industrial centres focussed on the brown coal mines, Traralgon, also in the Latrobe Valley, is focused on the agriculture of the region. Industry of the town and surrounding area includes dairy and sheep farming, fruit growing, limestone quarrying and the manufacture of building materials.

Location: 166 km east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.

Grand Ridge Road: snakes 132km along the ridge of Victoria’s Strzelecki Ranges between the Latrobe Valley and South Gippsland. The ever-changing scenery encompasses the green Latrobe Valley to Mt. Baw Baw to the north and to the sandy beaches and blue waters of the Bass Coast and Wilsons Promontory to the south. It has been rightly called one of the most scenic roads in the world.

The Haunted Hills: these hills received their name because drovers, moving cattle through this area, repeatedly experienced the animals spook and stampede as they passed through. The drovers claimed that an unearthly sound also emanated from the ground. There are numerous stories about the phenomenon and one explanation is that the underground brown coal deposits in the area left caverns under the ground which caused echoes. Today there is little or no chance of studying it because the ground has been dug and the open cut brown coal mine it situated almost on top of it.

Brief history: in April 1844, Edward William Hobson went out from his family’s station near Arthur’s Seat, with a large mob of cattle, travelling via Tarwin and South Gippsland, to reach the run. During the next year, 1845, other settlers began to move into the area. In 1854, James Purves sold the West Traralgon run to Duncan Campbell. Four years later, Duncan built a hotel and for 60 years it served the people of the district as Post Office, store, Court House and Church.

When the Sale to Drouin railway line was extended to Maffra, the repair shops and Locomotive Depot were moved from Sale to Traralgon. They remained in service until the 1960s and provided hundreds of jobs over the years. In the Depression years they were the main source of employment in the town.

Origin of name: of Aboriginal origin, said to be a phrase describing cranes eating frogs.

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