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Strathbogie Shire - The Horse Capital of Victoria


Welcome to the Strathbogie Shire

From the clear calm waters of our lakes and rivers to stunning views from the heights of our ranges, charming villages, fine food and wine – welcome to our beautiful Shire.
The abundant, diverse and breathtaking landscape of the Strathbogie Shire is only a short 90 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD. Our magnificent region offers an escape to fresh air, natural attractions and so much to see, do, experience and taste. It takes no time at all to be enjoying breathtaking views as you ascend the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges providing a dramatic landscape around every corner, the rugged
granite-topped mountains, waterfalls and pristine bushland accommodate an abundance of wildlife.

The picturesque towns and villages dotted throughout the region provide another great reason to stay. Avenel, Euroa, Longwood, Mangalore, Ruffy, Violet Town and Strathbogie boast great old pubs, beautiful gardens and lovely old buildings. Monthly markets showcase the region’s finest produce and attract visitors from far and wide.

Lake Nagambie is one of Australia’s most scenic places to go fishing, water skiing, sailing, rowing, canoeing or simply relaxing on its banks over a picnic and strolling along the boardwalk. It’s also home to a nationally renowned rowing and canoeing venue which regularly hosts exciting State and National championships.

Long ago it was discovered that our ideal climate and rolling hills offered not only fertile soil for agriculture, but a safe haven for boutique vineyards and now global producers to develop elegant, distinct and award winning wines. Many famous and award winning labels call the Strathbogie Shire home and offer magnificent cellar door and restaurant experiences. The Strathbogie Shire has an extensive equine industry and is also known as Victoria’s
Thoroughbred Homeland, with over eighteen of Australia’s finest thoroughbred properties located in our municipality. Many Melbourne Cup winners have been born, bred and or trained locally.

Food, wine, equine - and so much more… Enjoy exploring the beauty, abundance and diversity of the Strathbogie Shire.


Welcome to the Mitchell Shire


The southern boundary of Mitchell Shire is situated 30kms north of Melbourne, with its most northern boundary only 90kms from Victoria's capital city.

The Shire covers a total area of 2864 sq kms and adjoins:

  • Hume City Council and the City of Whittlesea to the south
  • Murrindindi Shire to the east
  • Macedon Ranges Shire to the west
  • City of Greater Bendigo and Strathbogie Shire to the north

The Shire is strategically located offering urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Situated along one of the Nation's most significant transport corridors that links the Australian eastern seaboard and its capital cities, Mitchell Shire boast excellent transport connectivity.


During the Gold Rush years Kilmore was a major stop over for those coming from the ports and town of Melbourne to the gold fields. In its busiest times it was home to over 26 public drinking and boarding houses, numerous churches, schools and a large hospital.

Other towns in the Shire were also frequent stop overs offering many boarding and drinking houses and other services such as black smiths, butchers and banks.

The Kilmore and Seymour Visitor Information Centre volunteers can offer great knowledge in the regions history and provide maps and brochures on the many heritage walks, drives, museums and buildings in the Shire.

Indigenous history of the area can be found by visiting http://taungurung.net/

There are a number of Local Historical Societies in Mitchell, including:

  • Seymour and District Historical Society
  • Broadford and District Historical Society
  • Kilmore and District Historical Society
  • Wandong History Group


  • Mitchell Shire incorporates the townships of Beveridge, Broadford, Heathcote Junction, Kilmore, Puckapunyal, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, Wallan and Wandong.

  • Population approximately 35,995

  • The highest population densities in the Shire are in the 5-17 and 34-39 age groups

  • Key industry sectors by employment include manufacturing 15.6%, retail 13.2%, government administration and defence 12.3%.

  • Other dominant industries include agriculture, manufacturing, construction, tourism, transport and storage, education, health services, business services and equine.

The Mitchell Shire population and household forecast is a carefully prepared estimate of how Mitchell Shire's population and settlements are expected to grow and change between the present day and 2013. It is prepared and maintained by demographic forecast specialists ID Consultants with assistance from Council officers. 

As well as providing overall population and household numbers for each settlement or area within Mitchell, the forecast predicts our future age distribution, household types and more.


Our towns offer a variety of unique visitor experiences and host a range of events.

The Shire has a wealth of natural wonders to explore. Why not take a scenic drive through the Tallarook ranges, Mt Disappointment or the granite boulders at Tooborac.

Immerse yourself in the native bushland with a walk along the Goulburn River and discover the region’s amazing flora and fauna.

The Shire prides itself on the historical significance of its towns. Step back in time with a walk through the historic streets of Kilmore or visit the Melbourne Tramway Museum in Bylands. Seymour and Puckapunyal share a rich and historic past with the Australian Military, and are home the Australian Army Tank Museum, Light Horse Memorial Park and new Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.

With a range of attractions there is something for everyone. Spend a day at Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary. Enjoy a ride on the Kilmore Miniature Railway. Visit the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Grab your bike, horse or walking shoes and traverse the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail which runs from Mansfield to Tallarook.

Throughout the year the Mitchell Shire hosts many exciting and entertaining events, including:

  • Tastes of the Goulburn - a food and wine festival held in Seymour in mid October coinciding with Seymour Cup weekend
  • Kilmore Celtic Festival - held in Kilmore on the last weekend in June and the
  • Wandong Country Music Festival - held in early March.

Fabulous local markets can be found across the Shire almost every weekend offering high quality local produce, wine, craft and entertainment.

For more information on accommodation, events, eateries and things to do, talk to our friendly volunteers at one of our two Visitor Information Centres in Kilmore and Seymour or email visitorinfo@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au