Myrtleford, Victoria
Myrtleford is a town in north-east Victoria
Victoria (Australia)
Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. Geographically the smallest mainland state, Victoria is bordered by New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania on Boundary Islet to the north, west and south respectively....

, Australia
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, 45 km south-east of Wangaratta and 275 km north-east of Melbourne. Myrtleford is part of the Alpine Shire
Alpine Shire
Alpine Shire is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the north-eastern part of the state. It includes the towns of Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford. It has an area of 4,885 square kilometres. In 2001 it had a population of 17,581 and still growing. There are two...

 local government area and at the 2006 census
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 the town had a population of 3,187.


Aboriginal people inhabited the Alpine Valleys and high country for thousands of years prior to European settlement, and knew its flora, fauna, geography and seasonal changes intimately. Groups visited the Alps in summer to hold ceremonies and gather the nutritious Bogong moths that shelter there. European settlement began in the early 19th century and from 1837, the township of Myrtleford was a remote cattle run known as the Myrtle Creek Run. Forming the boundary of the runs, Myrtle Creek was given its name by the first Europeans in the area. When gold was discovered in the Buckland Valley, thousands of diggers had to cross Myrtle Creek on their way to the goldfields. A small township developed around the fording place, with the name of Myrtleford consequently adopted. The road through Myrtleford was then called the Buckland Road; today it is known as the Great Alpine Road. The Post Office opened on 26 July 1858 as Myrtle Creek and was renamed Myrtleford in 1871.


Myrtleford is the largest town in the Alpine Shire and is an important commercial centre in the Ovens and Buffalo River Valley. Agriculture and timber are important industries in the area. Carter Holt Harvey manufacture timber products in Myrtleford. Tobacco was for many years a major crop in the area until the industry closed down in 2006. Farming is an important industry; wine grapes, walnuts and chestnuts, blueberries and raspberries, cherries, apples, kiwifruit, olives, vegetables, hops, beef and dairy cattle are all prevalent farming pursuits in the Myrtleford region. January maximum temperatures average 31.9ºC and minimums 14.1ºC with an average of 39.6mm of rainfall. July maximum temperatures average 12.9ºC and minimums 2.4ºC with an average of 66.9mm of rainfall.

Myrtleford has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Ovens & Murray Football League
Ovens & Murray Football League
The Ovens and Murray Football League, often referred to locally as the O&M, is a semi-professional Australian rules football league based around ten clubs in north-eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of New South Wales, and affiliated with the Victorian Country Football League...


Notable residents and former residents

Guy Rigoni, Australian Rules Footballer
Albi Rodda, Australian Rules Footballer
Dave Matheson, Musician, Actor, Comedian
Gary Abblet Snr., Australian Rules Footballer
Malcolm Milne, Olympic Skier
Ross Milne, Olympic Skier

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