Street in Traralgon
Traralgon (including Glengarry)
Important industrial centre in the heart of
the Latrobe Valley.
Traralgon, situated in the economically
important Latrobe Valley, is located 162 km
south-east of Melbourne via the Princes Highway
and 38 metres above sea level. It is thought
that the town may have been named by Edward
Hobson, an early settler, after two Aboriginal
words possibly meaning "river of little fish".
The area was settled in the 1840s as an
agricultural and pastoral centre but grew during
the gold rushes due to its important location on
the road from Melbourne to Sale. The town site
was surveyed in 1858 with land sales commencing
the following year. The arrival of the railways
in the late 1870s gave the town a further
economic boost. The shire of Traralgon was
created in 1879. The town became a borough in
1961 and was declared a city three years later.
Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, a medical
scientist specialising in immunology who won the
1960 Nobel Prize, was born in Traralgon in 1899.
Novelist Mary Grant Bruce also lived and wrote
in the town a number of times during her life,
drawing on the area for the settings of some of
stations dominate the surrounding
In economic terms, Traralgon now relies
principally on a pulp and paper industry and on
the Loy Yang Power Complex, 6 km from the town,
which first opened in 1984 after the discovery
of massive brown coal reserves in the area. The
open-cut mine and the two power plants with
their 260-metre chimneys constitute the largest
power complex in Australia. Loy Yang supplies
about 40 per cent of Victoria's electricity.
Things to see:
Traralgon Visitor Information Centre is located
at Southside Central on the Princes Hwy, tel:
(03) 5174 3199.
Traralgon Hotel and other Historic
The two-storey, Victorian-style Traralgon Hotel
is a brick structure classified by the National
Trust. Erected in 1914 to replace the original
1858 building it is notable for its iron lace
balconies, ornate iron balustrades and hipped
iron roof. The Post Office and Court House,
recently restored, were opened in 1886.
Post Office (1886)
The attractive Victory Park Gardens feature a
giant mountain ash, a time capsule and a quaint
band rotunda. South of the town are Hazelwood
Dam, a man-made lake where water sports can be
enjoyed, and Tarra-Bulga National Park. Wirilda
Environmental Park is also nearby.
To the north of Traralgon is Glengarry. At 1110
Francis Rd is Narkoojee which was established in
1981. It produces chardonnay, cabernets and
merlot. The cellar door is open weekends but
phone before visiting. There is a picnic and
barbecue area and a basket lunch is available by
arrangement, tel: (03) 5192 4257.