Willow Grove

A small township located on the old Melbourne to Sale Road. The town overlooks the Blue Rock Lake, which is popular for fishing and summer recreational activities.

Location: 16 km north of Moe.

Blue Rock Lake: a man made lake, named for an early goldmine in the area. Construction of the water storage dam began in 1979 and was completed in 1984. The lake is also used for recreational activities including fishing, sailing, swimming and picnicking. Willow Grove originally serviced the Tanjil gold diggings, the major part of which were flooded by Blue Rock Lake in 1984. Gold was first discovered in this area in 1858. The reefs and leads in the hills were rich in gold, the Empire Reef yielding five and a half ounces to the ton. After the mining boom, farming was the main occupation, and the name Tangil had now become Tanjil.

Natural features: Mount Carmel; Mount Tanjil; Springsures Hill; Baw Baw National Park

Brief history: The town originally serviced the Tanjil gold diggings, that was flooded by Blue Rock Dam in 1984. Blue Rock is where the body of murdered toddler, Jaidyn Leskie, was discovered on 1st January 1998.

Tanjil Bren (48 km north) is an old gold prospector’s village in the foothills of the Baw Baw ranges, it was established during the Victorian Gold Rush. The town features a small store which sells snacks and is only open during the ski season. Four accommodation lodges, Mooshead, Reindeer, Jenny’s and Timbertop Lodge, are located in Tanjil Bren. A picturesque Strahan Walking Track takes visitors alongside the river and the village’s gold digggings site.

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