10 May Interesting Towns in North Eastern Victoria, Australia
April 2018, after the Man from Snowy River Festival we visited several interesting country towns in north-eastern Victoria and later in southern New South Wales.
There is not much of a township at Milawa, however there are lots of interesting places to visit within walking distance. We stayed at the Milawa Caravan Park, with nine of our friends.
The Oxley Shire existed from 1862 until 1994. It and Milawa are now part of the Wangaratta Shire.
We also visited The Milawa Cheese Factory. Their cheese is definitely worth trying. After tasting, we bought their Mount Buffalo Blue and a Milawa Brie. Both are very good.
Milawa is certainly worth a visit for its peaceful surroundings and the various attractions it offers (not previously mentioned – The Mustard and Olive shops) .
On our last day in Milawa, Maggie and I set out to explore several nearby Victorian towns. Others in the group mapped their own expeditions.
Contrary to popular belief, Norm did not park there to visit the pub. He and Di were also sightseeing in Glenrowan. Besides, the pub had not yet opened for the day.
Ned Kelly is arguably Australia’s most infamous outlaw and is inextricably linked to Glenrowan.
On Sunday 27th June 1880 Kelly and his gang descended on Glenrowan and took over the town. They planned to derail and ambush an approaching police train near Glenrowan. The police received a “tipoff” which meant they averted the derailment and the ambush. So dressed in armour made from metal ploughs and outnumbered, the gang took on the Police in the early hours of Monday 28th at Glenrowan. During the ensuing gun battle Kelly was severely wounded and captured. The other gang members were killed. Kelly was charged with murder (amongst other crimes), convicted and then executed on 11th November 1880.
During our visit the temperature was around 34 degrees C, winds were strong and dry, the air full of red dust and the undergrowth parched following a long period without rain. The “firies” were on high alert.
So it was not surprising that shortly after we arrived in Glenrowan the local fire brigade was called out to help control a local grass fire.
There is more on offer in Glenrowan, but we were keen to move on to check out Chiltern.
Named after Chiltern Hills in England, Chiltern was established in 1858-59 during the Victorian gold rush.
Until 1962 the main road between Sydney and Melbourne (the Hume Highway), ran through Chiltern.
There are “heritage” buildings everywhere one looks, in Chiltern.
We enjoyed lunch at the Chiltern bakery in Conness Street and greatly appreciated the opportunity to see such a well-preserved historic town.
In our next episode we take a look at Lockhart and Gunning in southern New South Wales.
Feel free to leave a comment below or perhaps share your own experience of one or more of these places.