Warragul

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

Natural features:

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 some steps.

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 Amphitheatre Falls.

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.

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