Trafalgar (including Childers and
Service town surrounded by dairy and potato
Trafalgar is located 124 km south-east of
Melbourne (between Warragul and Moe) on the
Princes Highway and 68 m above sea level. It is
situated in a rich, agricultural district.
Dairying is the major industry, though other
products are farmed and timber from the Upper
Latrobe and Tanjil River Valleys is milled.
The town was established in the 1860s and was
named after the famous battle in which the
British, under Nelson, defeated the French and
South-west of Trafalgar is Childers which was
named after the little-known British and
Victorian parliamentarian, Hugh Childers.
Things to see:
Thorpdale, 13 km south of Trafalgar, is a former
railway terminus, with a name meaning "village
in a valley". It was once a business centre for
the timber mills and the fruit and dairy farms
of the undulating countryside. The town was
largely destroyed by the great bushfire of 1898.
Today it is surrounded by potato and dairy
There are a number of scenic attractions in the
area. The most interesting are the Narracan
Falls, the Trafalgar South Lookout and