Toora, Victoria

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Coordinates 38°39′S146°20′E / 38.650°S 146.333°E / -38.650; 146.333 Coordinates: 38°39′S146°20′E / 38.650°S 146.333°E / -38.650; 146.333
Population681 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 3962
LGA(s) South Gippsland Shire
County Buln Buln
State electorate(s) Gippsland South
Federal Division(s) Monash
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Agnes Falls, near Toora

Toora is a small farming town in Victoria, Australia whose main industry is dairy farming. It is located at the top of Corner Inlet opposite Wilsons Promontory National Park. In the 2016 census the population was 681. [1]

Dairy business enterprise established for the processing of animal milk

A dairy is a business enterprise established for the harvesting or processing of animal milk – mostly from cows or goats, but also from buffaloes, sheep, horses, or camels – for human consumption. A dairy is typically located on a dedicated dairy farm or in a section of a multi-purpose farm that is concerned with the harvesting of milk.

Wilsons Promontory National Park Protected area in Victoria, Australia

The Wilsons Promontory National Park, commonly known as Wilsons Prom or The Prom, is a national park in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, located approximately 157 kilometres (98 mi) southeast of Melbourne.



The Post Office opened on 18 August 1882. [2]

Located on the South Gippsland Highway east of Wilsons Promontory, Toora was first named Muddy Creek in the 1860s when a timber mill was set up on a 640-acre Mangrove Pre-emptive Right to supply much needed hardwood for the colony. The gold boom had led to a building surge in Melbourne when blue gum sleepers were used in the first piers constructed at Port Melbourne while railway sleepers were sent to India when the British Government were constructing hundreds of miles of railway lines.

The South Gippsland Highway is a partially divided highway in Victoria, Australia which connects the city of Melbourne with the South Gippsland region of Victoria, ending in the town of Sale. The highway begins at Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. At the Greens Road intersection, it adopts State Route 12 until Pound Road, then continues until the South Gippsland Freeway / Western Port Highway interchange where it becomes the M420. The M420 continues through Cranbourne and Koo Wee Rup until the Bass Highway turnoff, at which point the road is then designated A440 onwards to Sale. From the Bass Highway junction, the highway is undivided. The South Gippsland Highway is the gateway from Melbourne to many attractions including Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island as well as being an important road for farmers in Gippsland.

George Buchanan built a sawmill at Sealers Cove on Wilsons Promontory but the supply of timber was too limited and in 1853 he arranged for it to be relocated first to Agnes River and then across to Muddy Creek. Situated on the east bank of Muddy Creek, Buchanan's Mill had contracts for many types of sawn timber which was transported across the mangrove swamp to Swan Bay where it was loaded onto barges which carried them to larger boats anchored in deeper water in Corner Inlet. Parts of the old tramlines and loading facilities still remain.

More mills were established in the thickly forested hills and the timber was transported on tramlines across swamps and taken to seaports by barges.

Not far from the old mill site, still on the coastal plain, during the depression of the 1890s the government of the day encouraged settlement of the area as farming land under the Village Settlement Scheme but the blocks were too small and the scheme failed. The abandoned land was taken up for dairying and the fattening of cattle. These are the main industries of the area today.

Surrounding area

Further inland, the spectacular countryside continues to offer new views at every turn. North of Toora beyond Mt. Best and Mt. Fatigue is the beautiful Gunyah Gunyah Forest which is home to huge mountain ash, colourful beeches, wattles and magnificent tree ferns. The sounds of the lyre birds are always present. This timber reserve of 2,000 acres backs onto the scenic Grand Ridge Road which meanders across the full length of the Strzelecki Ranges.

Strzelecki Ranges mountain range

The Strzelecki Ranges is a set of low mountain ridges located in the West Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Nearby Agnes Falls are the tallest in Victoria and easily accessible to the thousands of visitors who each year come to the Strzelecki Ranges and Wilsons Promontory.

A round trip along the scenic route from Toora brings you down to the sea again via Welshpool to Port Welshpool where the Long Jetty has recently been added to the Heritage List.

Welshpool, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Welshpool is a town in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census, Welshpool had a population of 331.

Port Welshpool, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Port Welshpool is a town in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is located 191 km south-east of Melbourne, on Corner Inlet and in 2006 had a population of 191.

The district is rich in maritime history with small fishing fleets operating from Port Welshpool, Port Franklin and Port Albert while cray boats work from Walkerville.

Walkerville, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Walkerville Victoria, Australia, is a tiny fishing village on Waratah Bay in southwest Gippsland, about 190 km southeast of Melbourne. The small town, originally known as Waratah, is separated into North Walkerville and South Walkerville. At the 2006 census, Walkerville had a population of 262.

A boat ramp at Toora gives access to Corner Inlet and is a short drive from Port Franklin, Yarram, Waratah Bay and many ports off the South Gippsland Highway.

Turtons Creek north of nearby Foster, once rich in alluvial gold, is now a naturalist’s paradise of tree fern gullies and lyrebirds.

Foster, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Foster - also known as McCallion Town - is a dairying and grazing town 174 kilometres (108 mi) south-east of Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway in Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census Foster had an urban population of 1,164. It is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Gippsland coastline which includes Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet, Waratah Bay, Yanakie and Wilsons Promontory.

The town today

It has recently become known for the Toora Wind Farm, consisting of 12 large wind-powered turbines above the town. The Great Southern Rail Trail bike trail also passes through Toora from Leongatha.

The town has an Australian Rules football team (Toora and District) competing in the Alberton Football League. [3]

Toora has a number of local facilities including a caravan park and heated swimming pool.

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  1. 1 2 "2016 Census QuickStats Toora". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. Full Points Footy, Toora, archived from the original on 16 May 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008