Gold mining ghost town
Graytown is a gold mining ghost town located 137
km north of Melbourne on a connecting road
between Heathcote and Nagambie.
Gold was discovered here in 1868 and the
population suddenly leapt to 12 000. A township
was surveyed in 1869 and named 'Moormbool'
although lack of water proved a problem with
some of the material allegedly washed in beer.
The alluvial gold rapidly disappeared and by
late 1870 the population had declined to 150.
The death-knell came in 1870 when a flood
swamped the mining endeavours and destroyed
numerous buildings. Many of the remaining
structures were moved elsewhere.
In the Second World War a prisoner-of-war
camp was set up with internees from a sunken
Things to see:
Some old shafts, mullock heaps, poppet legs and
brick chimneys serve as reminders of the town's
Mount Moombool (816 m), 6km north-west of
Graytown, is considered the geographical centre
Osickas Vineyard, 5 km south-west of Graytown on
the Heathcote-Nagambie Rd, was opened in 1956 by
Czechoslovakian immigrants at a time when it was
unheard of to start such an enterprise. Dry reds
are their specialty. They are open from 10.00
a.m. to 5.00 p.m. every day but Sunday when the
hours are 12.00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., tel: (03)
Mt Black Lookout
Not far east of Graytown along the Nagambie Rd
is a turnoff to Mount Black Lookout which has
fine views and picnic areas.