Tolmie, Victoria

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Coordinates 36°56′S146°15′E / 36.933°S 146.250°E / -36.933; 146.250
Population447 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 3723
Elevation782 m (2,566 ft)
State electorate(s) Ovens Valley
Federal division(s) Indi
Mean max tempMean min tempAnnual rainfall
15.2 °C
59 °F
6.9 °C
44 °F
1,656.9 mm
65.2 in

Tolmie is a town in central Victoria, Australia. It is located 22 kilometres (14 mi) north-east of Mansfield in the Victorian high country. At the 2011 census, Tolmie had a population of 547. [1]


The Post Office opened on 1 February 1877 as Wombat, was renamed Tolmie in 1879, and closed in 1971. [2]

The town is named after Ewen Tolmie who was born in Scotland in 1816 and died at his homestead, Dueran, in 1883.

The region surrounding the town is heavily forested and much of it was devastated during the bushfires in 2006/07.

Each year the town holds an annual community event in February or March at the Tolmie Recreation Reserve. The day includes foot races and novelty events, a dog jump, woodchopping and horse events as well as raffles, many displays and an evening bush dance. The event typically attracts several thousand visitors. In 2023, the 136th Tolmie Sports Day was held on March 4.


Located in the hills of Central Victoria, Tolmie is frequently affected by heavy snow and chilling rains throughout much of the year. Climate data are sourced from Rubicon SEC at an elevation of 838 metres (2,749 ft). Tolmie is one of the coldest localities by mean maximum temperature in mainland Australia, second only to Aberfeldy. It is the second wettest locality in Victoria behind Bogong, possibly the wettest anywhere in mainland Australia's temperate zone. Cloud cover is extremely heavy in the cooler months, as evident by the afternoon relative humidity readings. There is a pronounced autumnal lag, with March being notably warmer than December.

Climate data for Rubicon SEC (1943–1993); 838 m AMSL; 37.34° S, 145.85° E
Record high °C (°F)37.5
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)23.7
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)11.7
Record low °C (°F)2.4
Average precipitation mm (inches)70.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)
Average afternoon relative humidity (%)52556067818685797168615668
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Rubicon SEC

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  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tolmie (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 August 2020. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Premier Postal History, Post Office List , retrieved 11 April 2008