Tiny village in the Grampians
Located 239 km north-west of Melbourne, Moyston
is 21 km south-east of Pomonal on the road to
Ararat which is 15 km east of Moyston. The first
Europeans to traverse the area were the
exploratory party of Thomas Mitchell in 1836 who
camped near the present-day site of Pomonal
before climbing Mt William.
Squatters soon followed him into the area
(see entry on Halls Gap) and goldmining
commenced at Stawell, Ararat and other local
sites in the 1850s. Like Ararat it began as a
township in the days of the goldfields. The town
itself is based upon the old Campbells Reef mine
while the Mafeking, Londonderry and Rhymney
sites were all located in the district.
The solitary pine tree in the town's Avenue
of Honour marks the site of the Campbell's Reef
graveyard. There is an old bluestone church and
the Moyston general store displays local crafts
and has a list of local accommodation. The only
accommodation in town is Crochan Bed & Breakfast
on Moyston Rd, tel: (03) 5352 4797.
The Moyston Boxing Day Sports and Country
Festival is a major local event.
Things to see:
Barry of the Bush
Local poet 'Barry of the Bush' reads his poetry
at the store on some evenings, tel: (03) 5354
Tourist information concerning the general area
is obtainable from the Stawell Visitors' Centre,
tel: (03) 5358 2314 or free-call: (1800) 246
880. Information on Grampians National Park is
available from the National Park Visitors'
Centre, tel: (03) 5356 4381.
In the Town
There are toilets, a playground and
picnic-barbecue facilities at the town oval. The
Nanette Bourke studio at 'Mirrabooka' on
Greenacres Rd has modern paintings and linocuts
for sale, tel: (03) 5353 5600.
Jallukar State Forest
Nearby Jallukar State Forest contains plenty of
wildlife and some old shafts and mullock heaps
from the old Londonderry goldfield. To get there
head north on the road to Pomonal for about 5 km
and turn right onto the dirt road.
The 'Nook' has an abundance of native
wildflowers and orchids at various times of the
year. If you are interested in such things
proceed north on the Pomonal Rd for 1 km then
turn left up Moyston West Rd. The Nook is
located to the right, 2 km along this road.