Pomonal (and Moyston)
Pretty village in the Grampians
Pomonal is a picturesque rural village on the
eastern slopes of the Mt William Range which is
a part of the Grampians. It is 21 km south-west
of Stawell, 12 km south-east of Halls Gap and
239 km north-west of Melbourne. 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. In the early days of the
village, fruit-growing was the major local
industry. Indeed, by the early 20th century
Pomonal was one of the state's major
apple-growing districts. The orchards were later
superceded by tobacco. Today it is mainly a
grazing district although one commercial orchard
is in operation.
As this area is noted for its native
wildflowers and orchids there are numerous
nurseries selling these items. Indoor markets
occur on the last Sunday of the month at the
Pomonal Hall from 10.00 a.m.
Things to see:
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. As far as the
immediate area goes, get it straight from the
horse's mouth at the Grampians Store which is
located on the main road in the middle of
Pomonal. This all-purpose newsagents/general
store/post office also contains Blue Wren Crafts
and Tea Rooms, tel: (03) 5356 6294.
Opposite the store is an information board
outlining local accommodation and attractions.
There are also some brochures relating to the
Pomonal Tunnel Walking Track which starts at
this point. The first stage leads through
bushland to Tunnel Rd. Alternatively you can
drive north towards Halls Gap for 2 or 3
kilometres and turn left into Tunnel Rd and
start the walk from the end of that road.
From there the track follows an old bridal
trail used early in the 20th century between
Pomonal and Myrtlebank homestead where Lake
Bellfield is now located. It leads to the top of
the Mt William Range, from whence there are
outstanding views of the Serra Range adjacent,
then it descends to a forest clearing where you
will see the old water tunnel dug by hand
through the Mt William Range to supply water
from Fyans Creek to Pomonal and Stawell. From
this point you can return the way you came or
continue southwards to a T-intersection. Turn
left to the Borough Huts campground or right
towards Halls Gap. From the store to the tunnel
and back takes about 90 minutes.
Halls Gap Park and Zoo
If you follow the road from Pomonal to Halls Gap
for about 7 km you will come to the Halls Gap
Park and Zoo. It is open, for a fee, every day
but Tuesday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.. There
are kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, emus,
possums, dingos, deer, waterfowl and other
birds, donkeys, ponies and other domestic farm
animals, all in a bushland setting with a
childrens' play area, barbecues, picnic
facilities and a kiosk, tel: (03) 5356 4668.
The Gap Winery
Next to the wildlife park is The Gap Winery
which is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from
Wednesday to Sunday with extended hours in
holiday periods, tel: (03) 5356 4252.
Camels and Crafts
About 6 km south of Pomonal on the Moyston Rd,
by Lady Summers Bridge, are Grampian Camel Tours
(tel: 015 501 474) and Cavern Crafts.
Bomjinna and Kalymna Falls
By Lady Summers Bridge, there is a turnoff
into Long Gully Rd (unsealed) which leads, after
6 km, to a T-intersection. Turn right onto
Redmans Rd then, after just 1 km, turn left onto
Mitchell Track. It leads, after 3 km, to
Bomjinna, a small campground in a quiet wooded
area. It is about 7 more kilometres to Kalymna
Falls where there is another small campground.
Moyston is 21 km south-east of Pomonal on the
road to Ararat which is 15 km east of Moyston.
Like Ararat it began 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. Local
poet 'Barry of the Bush' reads his poetry at the
store on some evenings, tel: (03) 5354 2575.
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. The only
accommodation in town is Crochan Bed & Breakfast
on Moyston Rd, tel: (03) 5352 4797.
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.
The Moyston Boxing Day Sports and Country
Festival is a major local event.