|Shops in the
main street of Meeniyan
Meeniyan (including Koonwarra)
Small country town with a number of excellent
Meeniyan is a small country town located 150 km
east of Melbourne and 15 km south-east of
Leongatha. It is claimed that the town's name is
derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning
'moon behind the trees over the water'. An
alternative interpretation says 'maneyanin' was
an Aboriginal word meaning 'moon'.
Things to see:
In recent times a number of craftspeople have
moved into the Meeniyan area and this has
resulted in many of the town's older shops
converting to craft shops. The most notable is
Craft Merchants in the main street which has
'ten rooms of craftware, Australiana and
Victoriana' and is open from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00
p.m. seven days a week during school holidays
and five days a week (closed Monday and Tuesday)
outside school holidays. Contact (03) 5664 7533.
A 3 km Bicentennial bush walk has been marked
out around the perimeter of the town. It offers
visitors an opportunity to walk through the bush
which surrounds the small settlement.
Lyre Bird Hill Winery
8 km north-east of Meeniyan, via the South
Gippsland Highway, is Koonwarra. 4 km south-east
of Koonwarra, on Inverloch Rd, is Lyre Bird Hill
Winery, established in 1987. It produces
riesling, chardonnay, traminer, pinot noir,
shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and sparkling wines.
The cellar door is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m. on weekends and public holidays or by
appointment. Barbecue and picnic areas are
available and there is bed-and-breakfast
accommodation, tel: (03) 5664 3204.