Small dairy town
At Stanhope, huge stainless steel storage tanks associated with the Bonlac milk products company tower beside the Midland Highway and contented cows can be seen in adjacent paddocks, providing a clear insight into what constitutes the area's bread and butter, so to speak.
Rushworth (including Whroo)
Fascinating old goldmining town.
Rushworth is an old goldmining town which retains much of its original character through its many early buildings. It is located 166 km north of Melbourne via Murchison and 145 m above sea-level. Today there are about 1000 residents.
Attractive township built around Lake Nagambie
Nagambie is a small town of around 1200 people, situated at the southern end of the Goulburn Valley, 123 km north of Melbourne on the Goulburn Valley Highway, between Seymour and Shepparton, and 130 metres above sea-level. The townscape is dominated by picturesque Lake Nagambie which lies beside the main street. The area is given over to vineyards, cereal, sheep, cattle, horse studs and tourism.
Shepparton (including Mooroopna)
Major rural centre in the Goulburn Valley
Shepparton (population 29 000) is the major centre of the Goulburn Valley and the headquarters of the Goulburn Valley irrigation system. It is located 179 km north of Melbourne on the Goulburn Valley Highway and 113 metres above sea-level. Mooroopna (population 6877) is separated from Shepparton by the Goulburn river and a large tract of flood-prone forest and joined by a causeway. The surrounding area produces a substantial proportion of the state's agricultural output, particularly fruit, vegetables, cereals and milk products. Local industry includes two enormous fruit canneries (operated by SPC Ardmona), Campbell's Soups, a foundry and supporting packaging freight and logistics companies.
Pleasant old-fashioned rural service centre.
Nathalia is a town with an old-fashioned country feel in a flat agricultural and dairying area, 220 km north of Melbourne via Shepparton. Consisting of some 1500 people it is spread over both banks of Broken Creek on the Murray Valley Highway, between Echuca and Cobram.
Holiday and retirement resort near the Murray River
Yarrawonga is located at the south-western corner of Lake Mulwala where the lake passes through the Yarrawonga Weir and flows into the Murray River. These two bodies of water form part of the state boundary with New South Wales. Mulwala is clustered along the western shore of the lake. As it is located on the other side of the weir and the river to Yarrawonga it is, therefore, in New South Wales. However, the two are linked by a bridge over the mouth of the lake and virtually constitute a continuous settlement.
Quiet township which was once a goldrush boom town.
At first glance the quiet rural town of Wedderburn may appear to be no more than a small supply centre to the farmlands around town. However, it was once a populous and very rich goldmining settlement and retains one of Victoria's few remaining active goldmines (albeit a rather idiosyncratic one). In fact, the town's tourism is very much oriented to this aspect of the past. It is located 214 km north-west of Melbourne on the Calder Highway, between Inglewood and Charlton. The population is currently around 750.