Rokeby is a small town in West Gippsland, Australia. It is near the towns of Warragul and Neerim South, 100 kilometres east of the state capital, Melbourne. Rokeby Post Office opened on 20 May 1892 and closed in 1981. Media related to Rokeby, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons
Heyfield is a town in Victoria, with a population of 1,993. It is 206 kilometres east of Melbourne, in the Shire of Wellington local government area. Located on the Thomson River, Heyfield is a gateway to the Victorian High Country. In 1841 an early settler, James McFarlane, described the district as resembling "a field of waving corn", called it "Hayfield". By 1866, the spelling had changed to "Heyfield", but when and why this happened is unclear, it may have been renamed to reflect the spelling of the nearby Heyfield Station. In 1866, McFarlane's property was taken over by James Tyson, a former member of the Queensland Legislative Council, a pastoralist, considered Australia's first self-made millionaire; the town grew up as a stopping point for diggers on their way to the Gippsland goldfields, the Post Office opened on 24 September 1870. It is today known for its timber production, it is the principal source of hardwood in Victoria, the largest timber mill in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, is located there.
The district's irrigation water comes from Lake Glenmaggie. During the Gippsland bushfires in December 2006 and January 2007, the town was used as a staging area by the networked fire agencies, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Country Fire Authority, Victoria Police, the Victorian State Emergency Service. A skatepark was built in Heyfield in December 2005. Heyfield and its surroundings were victims of severe flash floods twice during winter and spring in 2007; the Thomson River rendered the road out of Heyfield impassable. The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the North Gippsland Football League. Golfers play at the course of the Heyfield Golf Club on Golflinks Road; the author Mary Grant Bruce started writing her Billabong series of books in 1910 while staying at James Tyson's former house. The poet Shaw Neilson spent some time in the Heyfield area in the 1920s, where he wrote several poems and helped in the construction of the Lake Glenmaggie weir wall.
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Longwarry is a town in Victoria, Australia, 83 kilometres south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Baw Baw and Cardinia local government areas. Longwarry recorded a population of 2,004 at the 2016 Census. Longwarry has Longwarry Primary School. Longwarry is bypassed by the Princes Freeway; the Post Office opened on 20 June 1881 some time after the railway arrived in 1879. It was renamed Longwarry South on 1 September 1882 the same day a new office named Longwarry opened near the railway station. Longwarry railway station provides rail services to Melbourne as well as Bairnsdale; the town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Ellinbank & District Football League
Drouin is a town in the West Gippsland region, 90 kilometres east of Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria. Its local government area is the Shire of Baw Baw; the town is named after a Frenchman who invented a chlorination process for the extraction of ore or an Aboriginal word meaning "north wind". New housing developments have accelerated the town's residential growth in recent years; as at the 2016 census, Drouin had a population of 11,887 people. Settlement in this part of Gippsland was rather delayed due to the dense forest. Pastoral runs were little developed. In 1867, a coaching station was established on the track into Gippsland at Brandy Creek, about 7 kilometres north-east of present Drouin. By the early 1870s, a small settlement had developed and land was being selected in the area. Meanwhile, contracts had been let for the construction of a railway from Melbourne into Gippsland. Workers' camps were set up along the route. There were three camps in the vicinity of Drouin. After the Gippsland Railway opened in 1878, a township was surveyed at Drouin Junction, soon known as Drouin.
A post office opened on 5 April 1876 and was renamed Jindivick in 1878. A post office named Drouin Junction opened on 1 January 1877 and was renamed Drouin in 1878; as Drouin developed, Brandy Creek, now called Buln Buln, had declined. When the Buln Buln Shire was formed in 1878, the administrative centre was located in Drouin; the new Tourists' Guide described the township in 1889. Throughout the 1880s, a number of small sawmills operated in the Drouin district, many transporting their timber by tramway to the railway station. In the 1890s, a quarry was opened south-east of Drouin, the stone being carried by tramway to a railway siding east of Drouin. In 1913, this quarry was operated by the shire; as land was cleared, dairy farming became the main industry. Butter and cheese were made on the farm. A creamery operated from 1891 to 1895 and in 1904 a co-operative butter factory was established at Drouin; when this factory was extended in 1907, an electric light plant was installed which provided light for the streets and homes of Drouin.
The factory supplied fresh milk to the Melbourne market from 1915. Over the years, the company acquired other dairy companies and enlarged its own operation, producing casein, skim milk and butter-oil as well as butter and cheese, it became part of the Bonlac company which closed it down, removing the town's biggest employer. Flax was grown around Drouin during the two world wars. A private factory operated for a while and in 1941, the government constructed a factory to manufacture canvas goods for military use; the town has progressed steadily. In 1904, the population was 700. By 1933, there were just over 1,000 inhabitants and by 1970, 2,750. From the 1970s, the subdivision of an industrial estate on the south-east edge of the town had encouraged the growth of light industry. A number of housing subdivisions have been initiated, as well as rural residential subdivision on the fringes of the town; the construction of a freeway bypassing Drouin allowed the remodelling of the shopping centre. By 1981, the population was 3,492 and in 1991 was 4,100.
The Victorian Municipal Directory described the town in 1994. The town forms part of a combined urban area; the estimated urban population for this area was 35,353 at June 2016. Drouin holds an annual Ficofolia Festival. Ficifolia are the flowering gum trees; this celebration includes the town gathering in the main street of Drouin and watching the local schools and participating businesses showcase who they are and what they do. Every year there is a theme which participants in the festival are encouraged to incorporate into their float or costumes; the participants of the parade begin from the Drouin Football Oval, through the main street, finish at Drouin Civic Park. Here, the town continues its celebration with bands playing in the park, food trucks, market stalls, finishes with a movie in the park and fireworks; the town has Drouin Dragons Soccer Club, playing in the Gippsland Soccer League. The town has an Australian Rules football team playing in the Gippsland Football League. Drouin has a picnic horse-racing club, the Drouin Picnic Racing Club, which holds two race meetings a year with the Drouin Cup on Boxing Day.
The racecourse is set on a golf course. Golfers play at the Drouin Country Club on Mcglones Road. Drouin's large retail stores include a Woolworths supermarket, a Coles supermarket. Other businesses in the town include fast food businesses, restaurants, Tattersall's, Westpac Bank. Several of the local businesses have relocated in recent times from the southern side of the shopping precinct on Princes Way, due to land acquisition for the construction of a multistory retail shopping complex. Abbey's Cafe closed down, the long-standing Drouin Cycles moved to a location on the other side of Princes Way. Drouin is serviced by three local papers - The weekly Warragul and Drouin Gazette, The Trader and the independent monthly and online paper the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. According to the Warragul Regional Newspapers website, The Gazette and The Trader are distributed to locations from as far as Pakenham to Moe and from Poowong to Noojee; the Warragul Citizen was established in 2011 as a quarterly print paper before becoming bimonthly in 2012, covering Warragul and Yarragon.
The paper's online news offering covers all of Baw Baw. The paper moved to being online-only in 2013, it returned
Glenmaggie is a town in Victoria, located on the shores of Lake Glenmaggie, in the Shire of Wellington. At the 2016 census and the surrounding area had a population of 277. Glenmaggie Post Office opened on 1 January 1872 and closed in 1986. Lake Glenmaggie is popular for boating. On 14 March 1942, a RAAF Wirraway crashed into the lake, killing the pilot
Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, thus making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south,New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, South Australia to the west; the area, now known as Victoria is the home of many Aboriginal people groups, including the Boon wurrung, the Bratauolung, the Djadjawurrung, the Gunai/Kurnai, the Gunditjmara, the Taungurong, the Wathaurong, the Wurundjeri, the Yorta Yorta. There were more than 30 Aboriginal languages spoken in the area prior to the European settlement of Australia; the Kulin nation is an alliance of five Aboriginal nations which makes up much of the central part of the state. With Great Britain having claimed the half of the Australian continent, east of the 135th meridian east in 1788, Victoria formed part of the wider colony of New South Wales.
The first European settlement in the area occurred in 1803 at Sullivan Bay, much of what is now Victoria was included in 1836 in the Port Phillip District, an administrative division of New South Wales. Named in honour of Queen Victoria, who signed the division's separation from New South Wales, the colony was established in 1851 and achieved self government in 1855; the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s and 1860s increased both the population and wealth of the colony, by the time of the Federation of Australia in 1901, Melbourne had become the largest city and leading financial centre in Australasia. Melbourne served as federal capital of Australia until the construction of Canberra in 1927, with the Federal Parliament meeting in Melbourne's Parliament House and all principal offices of the federal government being based in Melbourne. Politically, Victoria has 37 seats in the Australian House of Representatives and 12 seats in the Australian Senate. At state level, the Parliament of Victoria consists of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.
The Labor Party led Daniel Andrews as premier has governed Victoria since 2014. The personal representative of the Queen of Australia in the state is the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau. Victoria is divided into 79 municipal districts, including 33 cities, although a number of unincorporated areas still exist, which the state administers directly; the economy of Victoria is diversified, with service sectors including financial and property services, education, retail and manufacturing constitute the majority of employment. Victoria's total gross state product ranks second in Australia, although Victoria ranks fourth in terms of GSP per capita because of its limited mining activity. Culturally, Melbourne hosts a number of museums, art galleries, theatres, is described as the world's sporting capital; the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the largest stadium in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The ground is considered the "spiritual home" of Australian cricket and Australian rules football, hosts the grand final of the Australian Football League each year, drawing crowds of 100,000.
Nearby Melbourne Park has hosted the Australian Open, one of tennis' four Grand Slam events, annually since 1988. Victoria has eight public universities, with the oldest, the University of Melbourne, dating from 1853. Victoria, like Queensland, was named after Queen Victoria, on the British throne for 14 years when the colony was established in 1851. After the founding of the colony of New South Wales in 1788, Australia was divided into an eastern half named New South Wales and a western half named New Holland, under the administration of the colonial government in Sydney; the first British settlement in the area known as Victoria was established in October 1803 under Lieutenant-Governor David Collins at Sullivan Bay on Port Phillip. It consisted of 402 people, they had been sent from England in HMS Calcutta under the command of Captain Daniel Woodriff, principally out of fear that the French, exploring the area, might establish their own settlement and thereby challenge British rights to the continent.
In 1826, Colonel Stewart, Captain Samuel Wright, Lieutenant Burchell were sent in HMS Fly and the brigs Dragon and Amity, took a number of convicts and a small force composed of detachments of the 3rd and 93rd regiments. The expedition landed at Settlement Point, on the eastern side of Western Port Bay, the headquarters until the abandonment of Western Port at the insistence of Governor Darling about 12 months afterwards. Victoria's next settlement was on the south west coast of what is now Victoria. Edward Henty settled Portland Bay in 1834. Melbourne was founded in 1835 by John Batman, who set up a base in Indented Head, John Pascoe Fawkner. From settlement, the region around Melbourne was known as the Port Phillip District, a separately administered part of New South Wales. Shortly after, the site now known as Geelong was surveyed by Assistant Surveyor W. H. Smythe, three weeks after Melbourne, and in 1838, Geelong was declared a town, despite earlier European settlements dating back to 1826
Mount Baw Baw
Mount Baw Baw is a mountain on the Baw Baw Plateau and Great Dividing Range, located in Victoria, Australia. The mountain peak falls within the boundaries of the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, an unincorporated area of Victoria separate from the Shire of Baw Baw. Mount Baw Baw is 50 km north of the Latrobe Valley; the mountain itself is one of several peaks on the Baw Baw Plateau, a long plateau tending north-east. Other peaks on the plateau include Mount Mueller, Mount Whitelaw, Mount St Phillack, Mount Tyers, Mount Kernot and Mount St Gwinear; the plateau itself is isolated from most of Victoria's high country by the Thomson and Aberfeldy rivers and tributaries of the La Trobe River, including the Tanjil and Tyers rivers to the south. The Baw Baw massif consists of a late Devonian granodiorite pluton. There is little relief on the plateau itself, the highest point reaching 1,567 metres; the lower slopes of the plateau are covered in montane eucalypt forest and tall forest, creek valleys have cool temperate rainforest of myrtle beech, Nothofagus cunninghamii.
Above 1,200 m snow gum, Eucalyptus pauciflora, woodland occurs. There is no alttudinal treeline limit. Much of this subalpine zone is included in the 133 km2 Baw Baw National Park; the Baw Baw Village ski resort is technically outside the national park. The climate of the plateau itself is subalpine, with an average annual precipitation of 1,900 mm. Snow covers the plateau from June to September, it is thought that Baron Ferdinand von Mueller made the first recorded European ascent of Baw Baw in 1860, naming Christmas Creek on one of his major collecting expeditions. It was on this trip that he collected Wittsteinia vacciniacea. There are two routes up the mountain. Mount Baw Baw is a stronghold for the tallest flowering plant on Earth; the largest reported measurement for an E. regnans was the Robinson Tree, measured at 143 metres by licensed surveyor G. W. Robinson, cut from the slopes of Mt. Baw Baw. If accurate, this measurement would make it the tallest tree measured by an accredited source. Mount Baw Baw is home to the critically endangered Baw Baw frog.
The mountain summit receives more annual precipitation than most places in mainland Australia and frequent snow in winter. Frequent heavy cloud cover means temperatures drop well below freezing and the mountain is shrouded in low cloud or mist. Summers are cool and temperatures rise above 25 °C. During the 2009 Victorian heatwave most of the state saw highs of above 45 °C, while the temperature on Mount Baw Baw's summit reached a comparatively cool maximum of just 31.3 °C. The summit is located within the boundaries of the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, an unincorporated area of Victoria. There are about 30 hectares of beginner-intermediate ski runs. Seven lifts service a variety of runs, with the highest going to the top of Mount Baw Baw with a 91-metre rise; the resort village is at the bottom of the lifts. In addition to the downhill runs there are a number of cross country trails offering access to other parts of the Baw Baw plateau. Like most lower-lying Australian ski resorts, snow cover varies from year to year, but is available for the local ski season from about July to the end of September.
The alpine resort village has modern facilities and caters for both day-trippers and long-term visitors, with accommodation, ski hire, food outlets and information centres all within walking distance of the car parks. During the summer months, Mt Baw Baw is popular for hiking and bushwalking given its location in the Baw Baw National Park; the alpine grasses are blanketed with wildflowers and walks at a higher elevation pass through snow gum forest. Popular walks include the Great Walhalla Alpine Trail, which starts at the gold mining town of Walhalla and finishes at the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort; the hike is the first 40 kilometres of the Australian Alps Walking Track. The Mt Baw Baw Summit Walk arrives at the highest peak of elevation 1564m. Situated at the summit is the historic cairn used as a survey reference in 1903; the access road to the resort, the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road, features one of the toughest climbs accessible by road bicycles in Australia. The final climb of 6.2 kilometres rises 718 metres at an average grade of 11.5%, maxing out at 20.3%.
The climb is not as long as, but steeper than, any of the hors catégorie climbs featured in the Tour de France. The Mount Baw Baw Classic, which began in 2001, is an annual cycling race held by the Warragul Cycling Club, ends at the Mount Baw Baw village. There is a purpose-built downhill track located on the south western side of the mountain, facing towards the sea; the course has hosted the Victorian Downhill Championships as well as a number of state rounds. The track is around 3 1⁄2 min in duration, comprising a good mix of cambered dirt, fire road and technical sections. A shuttle service is provided from the base of the track along the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road back to the Baw Baw Village, so that the venue is mountain bike friendly. Alpine National Park List of mountains in Victoria List of reduplicated Australian place names Skiing in Australia Information on all ski lifts to have run at Baw Baw in Australian Ski Lift Directory. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Gippsland’s official tourism website – Great Walhalla Alpine Trail Gippsland’s official tourism website –