The Strathbogie Shire is an easy place to fall in love with...
Perfectly located in the heart of country Victoria, Strathbogie offers everything from the clear calm waters of our lakes and rivers to stunning views from the heights of our ranges.
Just a short drive from the city (you can get to us in as little as an hour drive), our townships are also well serviced by public transport which will give you time to sit back, relax and enjoy your journey by starting that book you have wanted to read in a long time.
The only problem is, you may never want to go home (we really need to develop a disclaimer for this).
Why not make a visit to one of our charming villages, sip a cuppa in the sunshine and enjoy our relaxed country lifestyle and hospitality. Have a chat to the locals (they may tell you a historic tale of Ned Kelly, who with his fellow bushrangers roamed through our countryside).
Make sure you pick up some magnificent fresh produce to take home from the local market and maybe enjoy a glass of wine from our many famous and local wineries if you feel so enclined.
You can bring the kids, your family and friends, the dog and set up camp, or enjoy the more comfortable setting of a bed and breakfast.
Our parks and rivers are pristine and will provide the perfect place for you, the kids and your furfriends to roam free.
Love the lifestyle, love the outdoors, love the location...
Food, wine and equine, well-maintained walking trails and magnificent views - the Strathbogie Shire has it all.
While most of our local residents know where to go for a good cup of coffee of which pub to go to for a great meal, our visitors need some guidance.
That is why Strathbogie Shire Council is proud to launch its latest Official Visitors Guide (OVG), which is jam-packed full of things to do in the region.
This free OVG, which is updated every three years, includes useful information on everything to do in Avenel, Euroa, Graytown, Longwood, Mangalore, Nagambie, Ruffy, Strathbogie and Violet Town.
Click here to view the Official Visitors Guide Online
Besides a solid agriculture industry, Avenel plays an important role in the legend of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, who spent his childhood living in the town and attended the local primary school.
It was during this time that Ned saved a young Richard Shelton from drowning in the local Hughes Creek. For his bravery, Shelton’s parents rewarded Ned with a green silk sash – Ned was wearing this as a cummerbund at the Siege of Glenrowan, when he was finally captured.
His father John (Red) Kelly died in Avenel and is buried at the Cemetery. Red also had his dalliance with the law, once charged, but later acquitted of cattle stealing although fined for illegal possession of a hide. His case was heard at the Avenel Court House, which remains standing today.
Avenel also boasts one of provincial Victoria’s most impressive bridges in the six-arch, stone crossing of Hughes Creek. Built by Hugh Dalrymple in 1850, the bridge remains but was superseded for traffic by a modern structure in 1969.
The Avenel of today is a welcoming small community with all of the appeal that goes with that.
Hovell Street, Avenel
0428 980 090
A spiral staircase gives access to two double bedrooms. Shared bathroom downstairs. Generous breakfast hamper provided. Pets by arrangement.
Accomodates 30 people in 14 ensuited rooms. Undercover enclosed central courtyard. Ideal venue for clubs and social groups.
The Euroa area is thought to have been occupied by the indigenous Ngurelban tribe prior to European settlement and there is an important Aboriginal art site in the Gardens Range, 10 km south-east of town.
It is presumably from their language that the town's name derives. 'Yera-o' is said to mean 'joyful'.
The first white men in the district were explorers Hume and Hovell (1824). Thomas Mitchell followed in 1837, then drovers bringing their stock through an area to the north of the present town site along a track he cut at the time.
Squatters began taking up runs in the district in 1838. One of the first was Seven Creeks, established by Janet Templeton in 1838. It was at Seven Creeks that the first fine-wool Saxon merino sheep in Victoria were introduced in 1851 by Eliza Forlonge who had selected the sheep in Saxony.
Euroa earned its place in history as a premier wool-growing community. Euroa became well known as one of Australia’s premium wool producing communities and the town remains closely connected with the wool industry, each year celebrating its success during the Wool Week Festival held in October in conjunction with the Agricultural Show.
During the gold rush Euroa became a regular coach stop between Melbourne and Beechworth. Cobb & Co travellers on the way to Sydney also used Euroa to take rest and be revived by the permanent water supply of the Sevens Creek.
The district’s success and prosperity drew the attention of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. Together the Kelly Gang – Ned, brother Dan and Steve Hart - robbed the Euroa Bank in 1878 of 2000 pounds in cash & gold (Ties to the Kelly clan run deep in the district, with Ned’s father Red Kelly buried in the nearby Avenel Cemetery)
Plenty of reminders about Euroa’s colourful past are evident in the historical buildings and memorials.
Walk Euroa’s Heritage Trail and be led to all the significant buildings and places which have played their role in creating such a colourful picture of Euroa’s fascinating history.
Howard & Kate Argus
53 Clifton Street Euroa
03 5795 2506
Peaceful Garden setting. Short drives to Wineries and Lakes.
17 Clean, comfortable units. Reasonable rates.
Full or continental breakfasts.
Pool & BBQ. All Queen sized beds. Microwaves, toasters and kettles supplied.
79 Boundary Road North Euroa
03 5795 1408
Built in 1901, this beautiful historic building set on 5 acres has been lovingly transformed into modern five star warehouse-style accommodation and function spaces.
The property is a 5 bedroom, fully licensed bed and breakfast.
The gardens and courtyards around the property provide beautiful spots to sit and enjoy a glass of regional wine.
Guests enjoy breakfast in the old milk delivery room of the factory, with the flagstones, loading bay and some of the old machinery still visible.
Dinner and any other catering can be organised by prior arrangement
73-103 Kirkland Avenue Euroa
03 5795 2160
The Euroa Caravan and Cabin park sits in a parkland setting with the magnificent "Sevens Creek" running the full length of the park and water side sites available on both sides of the creek.
Having in excess of 60 overnight powered sites, a large camping area the park also provides accomodation in a range of self contained cabins, standard units and vans.
The park also caters for annual sites for people looking for a weekender or holiday periods
Richard & Lis Fletcher
87-95 Tarcombe Street Euroa
03 5795 2211
All rooms now fully refurbished with modern facilities.
Located 2 minutes north end of the CBD off the Hume Freeway, 1.5 hours from Melbourne and only 75 minutes from Tullarmarine airport.
Close to restaurants, hotels and shops. Scenic drives nearby Strathbogie Ranges.
Twelve Self Rated 4 star units all ground floor complete with split system air conditioners, electric blankets, queen size beds, colour TV, refrigerator, tea & coffee making facilities.
All rooms are non smoking. Pool, trailer and truck parking area.
Jenny & Michael Tehan
76 Anderson Street Euroa
03 5795 2460
Forlonge Bed & Breakfast is a 4 1 /2 AAA star B&B situated in the heart of Euroa in a delightful garden setting.
Specialty breakfasts. Two Suites. Garden suite - King room with ensuite spa. Conservatory suite -2 bedroom with sitting room & breakfast room. Garden setting. Off-street parking
26 Hunter Street Euroa
0428 211 535
Holistic Haven provides quality B&B accomodation for your enjoyment and relaxation of if you wish, take your mind, body and soul to a deeper level with our range of treatments and therapies.
A place to stay in Euroa for a weekend romantic getaway - Healthy rejuvenating break
Nagambie can trace its history back to explorer Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Goulburn to the South West at what became Mitchellstown.
Overlanders followed in his footsteps and used the same river crossing, as did the postman on the mail route from Melbourne to Sydney, established in 1838.
A hotel, church and blacksmith were set up to cater to the through traffic of teamsters journeying along the river system to Adelaide.
A township was surveyed in 1868 and land sales proceeded in 1870 before it was proclaimed as the private town of 'Nagambie' in 1872, said to be derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning 'lagoon'. Named from water, water has always been an integral element of Nagambie then and now.
Only 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne, the town offers a warm, Mediterranean-style climate and a constant water supply in its lake, lagoons and wetlands fed by the Goulburn River.
The nearby Goulburn Weir, completed in 1891, was the first major diversion structure built in Australia and remains a remarkable feat of engineering that uses the Goulburn River to irrigate half a million hectares of farmland.
Not far away are the beautiful old, timber Kirwan’s Bridge and the ‘strutted stringer’ style drawbridge, Chinaman’s Bridge.
Take a boat up the Goulburn River and see an amazing variety of bird life while a trip through the restored wetlands at Tahbilk Estate is an inspiring way to understand how much life Nagambie Lakes supports.
Turning water into wine, two of Victoria’s premium wineries are nearby Nagambie. Tahbilk Estate, established in 1860 - Victoria’s oldest family owned winery - is home to some of the oldest Shiraz and Marsanne vines in the world, as well as having buildings and surrounds much unchanged from its early days.
Further down the Goulburn River, highly regarded Mitchelton Wines with its distinctive & impressive tower and lookout and spacious grounds, offers a wonderful contemporary contrast to the Tahbilk offering
341 Spring Creek Road Graytown
03 9714 8529
Eco Tourism type accommodation - huge area of natural habitat.
Next door to Grawtown National Park.
Two bedroom self contained house with wood fire heater situated on 50 acres.
26 Mcleod Street
0418 322 241
Kirwans Bridge Our lakeside holiday home is spacious, fully-furnished, clean and comfortable, making your stay in this lovely part of Victoria relaxing and enjoyable.
The house has magnificent views of the Goulburn River and Nagambie Lakes area, and is surrounded by an abundance of native flora and fauna.
Inside, the open living room, dining and kitchen areas are large enough to cater for nights in, barbecues, and family time with the kids.
The kitchen is fully-equipped for cooking and serving, while the living room opens out onto the patio and barbecue area for entertaining.
Bedroom one has a queen-sized bed, while bedroom two has one double bed and one single bed, comfortably accommodating families, two couples, or a small group.
Overall, our holiday house is ideal for active families, couples and small groups who want to make the most of their holidays and time off, all the while enjoying stunning views, water sports, relaxing barbecues and dinners, and a great tourism and recreation region.
301-305 High Street Nagambie
03 5794 2747
Magnificent views of Lake Nagambie, from the bistro and beer garden you can sit and watch the start of the rowing events!
Meals available seven days per week for lunch and dinner. Bookings preferred.
Backpacker/budget style bunk rooms available upstairs.
Total of 13 rooms with twin and quad share bunk beds, able to accommodate 48 people in total, with shared bathroom facilities.
Check in from 12noon, and check out 10am or by arrangement.
164 Vickers Road Nagambie
0418 101 078
A short trip from the heart of Melbourne and you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a small paradise that is completely exclusive for guests.
Barong on the Water is an old style farm cottage offering a home-away-from-home experience, including all the modern luxuries.
The house includes 1 ensuite connected to the master bedroom and a second, larger bathroom.
For bookings please go to www.stayz.com and our reference #152731
266 High Street Nagambie
03 5794 2511
Centretown Motel, Nagambie, offers comfortable accommodation for the budget conscious, in the heart of Nagambie.
Sixteen ground floor units with ample car parking space in front of each unit.
All rooms are well appointed and offer comfort on a budget.
Pool and BBQ facilities.
Laundry facilities available.
Easy walk to Lake Nagambie and shopping centre and eateries.
82 Kirwans Bridge-Longwood Road Nagambie
0408 035 155
Kirwan's Bridge Winery & Receptions is a modern show piece facility overlooking peaceful wetlands and treelined Goulburn River.
The venue is light and spacious and can cater for up to 200 guests sit down or 350 for cocktails.
Luxury self catered camping is also available onsite with 10 large dome tents with comfortable mattresses and linen provided on a carpeted base.
The tents are located inside the extensive basement/cellar area of our reception centre, so the temperature is a consistent 17degrees celcius all year - and out of the weather.
Byo food, but tea and coffee is provided, along with showers, disabled facilities, toilets, and a shared kitchen and eating area in which to relax and chill out.
Experience a different type of camping at Kirwan's Bridge Winery - casual, fun and relaxed!
Suit single or couple in queen bedroom with ensuite and walkin robe.
Off street parking. Lovely fully furnished home. Discuss accommodation requirements with owner.
69 Loddings Lane Nagambie
03 5794 2373
Looking for a haven close to Melbourne where you can just kick back and recharge the batteries?
Maybe a getaway for the entire family with an abundance of activities: jumping pillow, playgrounds, large pool, games room, something for everyone in, on or out of the water.
Craig & Lauri Carter
185 High Street Nagambie
03 5794 2833
Where the city meets the country, just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
The only King beds in Nagambie!
Plus Queen, Family, Spa and Disability suites.
Meeting facilities, pool, picturesque gardens, and undercover outdoor BBQ area
Charlie & Nola
277-279 High Street Nagambie
03 5794 1410
26 comfortably appointed rooms at our 4 STAR property in the heart of Nagambie township right on the shores of beautiful Lake Nagambie, and just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
Enjoy a meal in our modern Waterfront bistro, with sunset views of the Lake Nagambie (Group or Function bookings only)
0408 570 760
The Boathouse Nagambie offers beautiful self-catering holiday accommodation, set on the shores of Nagambie Lakes and just a five minute drive from the town.
Set within relaxing gardens, with your own private waters edge.
Geoff & Lucy Still
5 Suzanne Crt Nagambie
0418 558 058
Modern holiday house for rent in Nagambie.
Three bedrooms, sleeps 8 total.
One queen bed, two double beds, and one set of bunks - (double on the bottom,single above) plus 1 single. Linen provided.
Pool table, LCD/Plasma TV's, wood heater, split system heating/cooling and lovely large rear deck overlooking dam, ( great for yabbies).
Partly covered outdoor entertaining deck with s/steel BBQ.
Short walk to the centre of town.
Clare & Tim Purbrick
491 Nook Road Nagambie
03 5794 2303
The cottage is furnished as a fully equipped private house, consisting of a large sitting room, a dining room and a kitchen, plus one master double bedroom, one smaller double bedroom and a twin bedroom, all with their own bathrooms.
The establishment is self catering, although linen and provisions for a light breakfast are supplied.
Additional provisions can be provided upon request.
The Gatehouse is unsuitable for children and pets are not allowed.
The Gatehouse Cottage, which is one of Nagambie's best kept secrets, is surrounded by attractive gardens and has a tennis court, croquet lawn and petanque terrain.
317 High Street Nagambie
03 5794 2189
Executive Style Living.
Five luxury self contained two and three bedroom apartments, with water front views and direct private access Lake Nagambie.
Property features infinity edge swimming pool, private beach, indoor spa, cafe, winebar and Restaurant in central location.
Less than 90 minutes from Melbourne with off street parking.
Lobbs Lane Nagambie
0408 035 155
Upstairs at Harris Hill is a private and elegantly furnished two bedroom farm stay apartment, overlooking the vines of Kirwan's Bridge winery and receptions.
The ideal place for a romantic getaway for two or a trip away with friends.
This self contained and recently re-furbished apartment has open plan kitchen/living area, two bedrooms (one Queen bed, one double bed), bathroom and separate toilet, and west facing balcony verandah.
Linen is provided, plus tea and coffee.
You are welcome to self cater, or dine at any of the great eateries in nearby Nagambie.
Your comfort is assured in all seasons with reverse cycle air-conditioning and a large plasma tv and dvd player, (plus a selection of classic movies).
Enjoy rural views from your private second floor verandah as the sun sets on this peaceful paradise.
Picnics and wine hampers or breakfast provisions available on request.
7 Young Street Nagambie
03 5794 1558
Step back in time & relax in this fully serviced 3 bedroom home close to all local wineries & Lake Nagambie.
Also available a well-blended 2 storey apartment extension with balcony and water views.
Facilities Include: Cottage Sleeps 7 in three bedrooms, whole house sleeps 9 (with upstairs master and ensuite), full bedding and towels provided, modern bathroom and two toilets, fully equipped kitchen and dinning, heating and cooling, private garden BBQ area, fully fenced, 5 minute walk to town and lake.
204 Murchison Goulburn Weir Rd. Kirwans Bridge
03 5794 1800
0412 310 213
Luxury waterfront retreat 90 minutes from Melbourne. A private sanctury, the sand beaches, nature walks and vineyard also includes water sports, tennis courts, boating facilities, playground, trampolines and produce gardens. An impressive, modern two story guesthouse, ideal for get-together with friends and family. Has woodfires, open living kitchens and private suites all with jaw-dropping water views.
In the heart of the Strathbogie Shire, Longwood’s history goes back to the mid to late 1800’s.
The Post Office opened on 1 July 1852 and the Longwood Railway Station in 1881. When the railway was constructed in the town, the locals being a practical bunch as they still are, rather than build a new pub nearby the new track, simply picked up the existing one and moved it closer!
The ‘re-located’ White Hart Hotel continues to provide a meeting place and information exchange for the entire town as well as great food and loves its rock, blues & country music with live entertainment regularly on a Sunday.
Longwood is also the birthplace of Frederick Tubb awarded a Victoria Cross at Gallipoli in 1915. Frederick Tubb is one of three “locals” to have been awarded the Victoria Cross - Australia & the British Commonwealth’s highest award for acts of bravery in wartime - with only 98 awarded nationwide to Australians at war since 1854.
Sport as with all country towns is the glue that binds the community - so grab a spot on the boundary with the locals on a winters Saturday afternoon to cheer on the boys – tooting your horn for a goal scored is de rigueur! – don’t miss the girls on the netball court either where the competition is just as fierce!
Summer is grabbing the shade of a tree to listen to the thwack of leather on willow or catch a few sets of pennant tennis.
53 Longwood Mansfield Road Longwood East
0402 136 448
Maygars Hill cottage is nestled at the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges, amongst six acres of vines within the award winning Maygar's Hill vineyard.
Our three bedroom cottage has a cosy woodfire, is pet friendly (by arrangement) and offers families and groups the ideal country get away location.
86 Lynslane Road Longwood East
0417 446 021
Three self contained cottages made of natural stone in quiet rural setting with magnificent views over the Strathbogie Ranges.
Bring your own supplies or eat at Longwood just 5 minutes away or the Ruffy Produce Store 10 minute drive.
Guests have access to swimming pool and country style tennis court.
Two single storey cottages in close proximity to each other, while the two storey Witches cottage is set apart.
Tucked in amongst the granite strewn hills of the Strathbogie Ranges, the tiny towns of Ruffy, Strathbogie & Boho reflect an individual character born of their distinctive environment.
Ruffy’s timeline extends back to the late 1800’s.
The Post Office – now closed - opened in 1881 as Terip Terip and was renamed Ruffy in 1895.
The Ruffy Mechanics Hall was built in 1893 and still hosts many events throughout the year including the Ruffy Art Show in November. And whilst Ruffy is perhaps not the first location that springs to mind when thinking of the arts, its pursuit has been fostered for a number of years now by the Ruff Artz volunteer organisation that is dedicated to bringing high quality music, theatre and arts experiences to the community. (Your visit may well coincide with their latest offering!)
Ruffy is the birthplace of one of three Victoria Cross winners born in the Shire – Leslie Cecil Magyar namesake of Maygars Hill Winery – who was awarded Australia’s highest award for bravery in wartime in the Boer War of the late 1800’s.
In the past gold and crystal – used as a component of early radios or crystal sets – were mined in and around Ruffy but the pursuit of matters vinous is de rigueur these days with the elevation, combined with a cooler climate and unique geography, producing wines that bear unique qualities and character.
Forget the map and wind down the windows while you take the road to high-altitude relaxation.
Find a nice place to stop and watch the sun go down over the rocks, and be sure not to forget your camera. It’s likely you will find something quite special to capture in this small but perfectly formed region.
From the clear calm waters of our lakes and rivers to stunning views from the heights of our ranges, charming villages, fine food and
Come and see what's on at the Euroa Community Cinema!
For events in the Strathbogie Shire please see our events calendar
The Strathbogie Shire Council recognises the importance of events and tourism to the economic growth of our region. If you have a
Strathbogie Shire Council is the waterway manager under the Marine Safety Act for the Goulburn River between Hughes Creek and the Goulburn W