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MURTOA

Welcome to Murtoa

Rich rural culture is alive and well in this Wimmera township, located 20 minutes from Horsham. Aboriginal for "Home of the Lizard", the land around Murtoa was occupied by squatters McPherson and Taylor in early 1844 and incorporated into their "Stations" Longerenong and Ashens covering over 200,000 acres.

Following various subdivisions and owners, including Sir Samuel Wilson, after whom Wilson Hall at Melbourne University is named, the Land Act of 1869 divided the area into 320 acre blocks for lease and eventual purchase by selectors, many of whom were German families from South Australia.

The site at Marma Gully Swamp was surveyed in 1873 and settled soon after, rapidly becoming the large grain town of Murtoa with the State's largest grain receival centre on the main Melbourne to Adelaide rail link.

Murtoa is the residence of the impressive Australia Heritage Listed Stick Shed, built in 1941 for grain storage and is capable of holding approximately 100,000 tons of wheat. Recent investment has ensured this towering rustic building will stand the test of time. Currently, access to the building in limited and internal viewing is restricted to the Big Weekend held annually in October.

EXPLORE

Lake Marma and Rabl Park, situated within the township, can only be described as a tranquil oasis with its abundant bird life and magnificent treed surrounds. A 2km walking track around the lake provides many varied scenes and the Marma Lake Reserve is an ideal picnic spot with large lawn areas, electric BBQ's and children's playground.

Barrabool Nature Reserve is located just south of Murtoa. It is a largely undisturbed Wimmera forest with important Aboriginal sites.

For those interested in Genealogy and history, the Murtoa Cemetery, 3km east of town, provides an insight into the early beginnings of Wimmera settlement, particularly the German heritage.

If Architecture and Heritage catch your eye, Murtoa abounds in both, with a largely original early 1900's shopping centre & many buildings of significance throughout the town. These include the Sprott Fountain (1884-96), the Rotunda (1907) & the Memorial Gates (1920), all located at the Lake Marma Reserve, CBA Bank (1882), Railway Station (1878), Primary School (1875), Dr Rabl's residence (1897), Marma Gully Hotel (1913) and many other private houses, churches and public institutions of the period 1880 to 1920.

EXPERIENCE

The Water Tower Museum houses the world famous "James Hill" taxidermy collection of over 500 birds, eggs, reptiles and animals and is well worth visiting on your travels in the region.

If you plan to visit Murtoa during the Big Weekend in October, make sure you visit the Stick Shed. This mammoth construction was originally built as a wartime emergency grain storage but has become a memorial to Aussie ingenuity. It gets it's name from the over 560 mountain ash unmilled poles or "sticks" up to 20m high that support the 260m x 60m structure and create an impression of a vast indoor forest. Listed by Heritage Victoria because of its historical significance but currently CLOSED to the public pending restoration and only open during the Big Weekend in October.

The Wimmera Inland Freezing Works Museum is located on the Wimmera Highway, on the eastern edge of Murtoa, and houses four massive single piston, Richard-Hornsby engines. They date back to 1911 when they powered the old freezing works and are believed to be the only set of four remaining in the world.

 

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Sleep

  • Murtoa Caravan Park

    Situated on the banks of Lake Marma, this waterside park provides powered and non powered sites, amenities and BBQ facilities.

  • Railway Hotel

    For some old time hospitality in an old time pub, give Murtoa's Railway Hotel a call. Great atmosphere, great food and located in a great town.

Nourish

  • Railway Hotel Motel

    Providing a range of quality meals in a relaxed country pub atmosphere - open fire in Winter. Built in 1895 opposite the Murtoa Railway Station and adjacent the Water Tower Museum.

  • Stuff-ya-Guts

    Modern delicatessen with a great range of food including fresh sandwiches, pizza, fish & chips. Seating inside for customers and friendly service.  Located adjacent to the Mechanic's Hall.

SERVICES

Murtoa BP Service Station
Self Serve - open 24/7
Wimmera Highway, Murtoa

Marma Garage
Megan Taylor 0429130098
33 McDonald Street, Murtoa
Telephone (03) 5385 2392

Churches - Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Uniting
Murtoa Medical Centre. Telephone (03) 5385 2222
Police Station Telephone (03) 5385 2252

PLAY

Excellent facilities for golf, bowls, football, cricket, swimming, basketball, tennis and netball are provided and the Murtoa Racecourse hosts a number of Wimmera Racing Club meetings each year.

EVENTS

Murtoa Golf Club Tournament - August
The Big Weekend is one of the biggest annual events in the Murtoa calender and draws people from near and far. It is held annually on the first weekend in October and events include Poetry by the Pier, Graincorp Art Exhibition, Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally, Horse Racing, Monster Street Market and the Murtoa A& P Show.
Murtoa A& P Show - October
Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Tractor & Engine Show - October (part of Big Weekend)
Jung Market - Last Sunday of the Month

INFO

For additional information about Murtoa go to www.murtoa.net or visit the Yarriambiack Shire Council Website

For Wimmera Racing Dates visit www.countryracing.com.au


 

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