Travelling through the country side of the Heart of Victoria, it’s hard to ignore the historic buildings, rustic homesteads, shearing sheds, cottages and rural outbuildings of yesteryear. Each building is beautiful and unique, and together they stand as a testament to the thriving communities of a different era that helped shape the region as it is today.
The many local Historical Societies and Museums across the Heart of Victoria provide an insight into the rich tapestry of the region, and each town has its own story to tell. Explore the tales of hardships and triumphs, ingenuity and prosperity and heroes and villains, or learn how the railways kept the region alive with countless lines of transport and trade. Let’s not forget the many other important facets of life, everything from logging and irrigation to agriculture and manufacturing allowed each town to build a distinctive identity.
Visit the Murchison Heritage Centre to learn about the renowned Murchison meteorite, or uncover one of the finest collections of medical significance at Mooroopna and delve into the town’s captivating past.
The links of a rich military history are evident throughout the Heart of Victoria and provide a fascinating insight into our armed history. Be moved by the evocative Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk at Seymour, which honours the service of the men and women who played their part in a tumultuous period of Australia’s history.
Follow the stories of the troops at the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park as they prepared for battle in the Great War and later in WWII. Nearby, the RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum at Puckapunyal collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the Australian Light Horse and Armoured Corps.
Whilst you’re here, why not take a visit to honour our Victoria Cross recipients. The ‘Honouring our Heroes’ statues of Maygar, Burton and Tubb stand tall at the VC Memorial Park in Euroa. In a beautiful park in Tatura, you can also pay tribute to the sacrifice of Private Mactier at the statue that has been erected in his honour.
Echoes of Australia’s most notorious bushranger Ned Kelly can be heard across the rugged ranges of the region that he roamed with his gang. Discover the Ned Kelly Touring Route at www.heartofvictoria.com.au/ned-kelly