Euroa | VictoriaEuroa, 140km from Melbourne, is a pleasant town set against a backdrop of the Strathbogie Ranges. Surrounded by one of the finest wool-producing regions in Victoria, albeit a shrinking industry. The amazing and tragically underrated Eliza Forlonge, with financial backing from Janet Templeton, personally selected core breeding stock of Saxon sheep from war-torn northern Europe in the 1820s and early 1830s. One flock was sold to John Macarthur, others went to Tasmania and Western Australia. Eliza eventually came to Australia and settled first in Goulburn, then walked her flock to Victoria and settled close to where the town now stands and built Seven Creeks Station. Her impact on the Australian economy was and is enormous.
Main AttractionsA 19th-century inn houses the Farmers' Arms Museum, displaying historic items from the district, including patchwork quilts dating back to 1896. One room is dedicated to Eliza Forlonge and there are 2 machinery sheds where equipment from the past is on display. The museum, located at 25 Kirkland Ave West, is open Fri-Mon, 1pm-4pm. Starting from the museum is a 2.7km heritage trail, which explores Euroa township. Seven Creeks Park offers picnic and BBQ facilities. Balloon Victoria operates hot-air balloon flights in Euroa.
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A self-guided scenic drive leads visitors to Gooram Falls, 20km SE, and around the Strathbogie Ranges. Gliding and parachuting opportunities are available at Locksley, 20km SW. For a panoramic view of the Victorian Alps and surrounding country, visit Mount Wombat lookout, 25km SW, via a scenic drive.
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