Nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River, the small village in
close proximity to Mt Raw Baw ski fields. Festival In the forest is
held every February.
Location: 107 km east of Melbourne, 40 km north of Warragul.
West Gippsland Visitor Information Centre
1/1 Victoria Street, Warragul, Vic.
Ph 1800 234 793
The Ada Tree: a walk through the
Yarra State Forest near Noojee leads to the Ada Tree, a giant mountain
ash that’s one of Victoria’s largest trees. Around 270
years old it’s about 76 metres tall with a circumference of 15
metres. The trail is 3.2 km return in length, but there are walks up to
10 km in this picturesque rainforest. The track is hardened gravel or
compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and
Toorongo Falls: The falls
are spectacular, particularly after rain. An easy 500-metre walking
track leads from the car park to a viewing point on the way to the base
of the falls. The track continues across to the Toorongo River and then
back to the car park. A branch track may be followed upstream to
Origin of name: an aboriginal word meaning ‘contentment’ or ‘place to rest’.
Brief history: The first white inhabitants were prospectors and tin
miners in the mid 1860s, followed by farmers and timber workers.
Prospectors have been attracted to the creeks in the region over the
years. Perhaps the most famous was an eccentric Englishman called Dick
Belpoole, who, dissatisfied with the durability of commercial clothing,
built himself a tin suit for usage in the bush. Belpoole claimed to
have found a rich deposit, though attempts to induce him to reveal its
location proved fruitless.
The town developed when the railway was built from Noojee to Warragul
to transport the felled timber. The line was last used in 1954 when
large numbers of the locals travelled to Warragul to see Queen
Elizabeth II during her first visit to Australia. After its closure,
the Buln Buln Shire Council purchased a rare, timber trestle bridge
from the railways for $2. It is now registered with the National Trust.