Visitor Information Murtoa
Murtoa is located within the vast Wimmera Tourism mecca, which includes one of Victoria’s top attractions, the fabulous Grampians region and Halls Gap, less than 1 hour’s pleasant drive away. To the North and West are the renowned Wyperfeld and Little Desert National Parks. Murtoa is within the heart of the Yarriambiack Silo Art Trail which celebrates regional Australia in a modern and accessible artistic context. Murtoa invites you to include its township in the Silo Journey and experience the wonder that this town provides.
Murtoa is Aboriginal for ‘Home of the Lizard’, and you will find lizards all over the place. Murtoa has wonderful facilities, schools and pools, and a static population of around 1000, including adjacent farmers. Known as ‘Lakeside Town’, Murtoa embraces its precious Lake Marma, widely recognised as one of the state’s most picturesque.
Murtoa itself is home to three Heritage Victoria listed assets, namely the amazing Stick Shed (a massive Grain Store built using 560 tree trunks), the Water Tower Museum, and the oldest Native street planting in Victoria – featuring a double row of Kurrajong trees in Comyn Street. Few small towns can boast one Victorian Heritage listing, but three! The Murtoa Visitor Information Centre located at the Murtoa Neighbourhood House at 36-38 McDonald Street, Murtoa, is a valuable source of information for your journey in and around Murtoa. You can also contact the Murtoa Historical Society for interesting information and hints and tips on how best to enjoy the history of our town!
The 1886 Water Tower Museum in Murtoa is home to one of the best taxidermy collections in Australia, with over 500 exhibits of birds and animals, including many rare species.
Not only that, but we also have the Heritage listed Longerenong Homestead only a short drive to the South – a stunning two-storey Gothic mansion built in 1862. It has undergone much restoration in recent times, but is only open to the public rarely, being a private residence. It is partly visible from the adjacent Burnt Clay road.
Australian and international rock climbers inundate Natimuk and nearby Mt Arapiles – recognised as one of the premier world locations. It is only 40 minutes away and well worth a visit.
Murtoa is also within easy drive of the Victorian Goldfields region, another major Victorian tourist attraction. Gold was found at Deep Lead, only 30 minutes South of Murtoa, and at the large tourist centre of Stawell, 10km further down the Western Highway.
Minyip is one of Murtoa’s nearest neighbouring towns, a mere 15 minute drive away, and it is renowned as the location called Cooper’s Crossing, of TV’s famous Flying Doctors series. The town retains many of those features from the series, and some nice country town architecture in the main street too.
Rupanyup, only 10 minute’s drive away, has its own streetscape attractions and parklands, with the recently completed Silo artwork by Russian Artist Julia Volchkova and nearby famous Woods’ Farming and Heritage Museum… it has everything!
The surrounding Wimmera Region, in North-Western Victoria, is a diverse, largely unspoiled landscape with much more to offer tourists than expected – certainly the forgotten oasis of Victoria. Droughts come and go, but people stay up here – and Wimmera farmers still grow the crops which feed Australia.
The Wimmera has always been a drawcard for fishermen, with its widely varied large lakes, reservoirs and waterways. Murtoa is located very close to many favourite places including Taylors Lake (only 15 minutes away), the Wimmera River (15 minutes away), Lake Wartook in the Grampians (45 minutes), and many other bodies of water. There are plenty of fish right in Murtoa too, as both Lake Marma and Rabl Park are regularly stocked with native species and others. The Murtoa Tourist Information Centre at the Neighborhood House in town can help you with your enquiries regarding where and when to fish!
For visitors there are unlimited, hugely-varied adventures to tackle and countless sights to bewilder. We have honest country folk and unspoiled nature to communicate with. There is both history and sunshine to bask in, vast spaces to do it, and an abundance of pure air to breathe.
Do you need somewhere to stay during your time in Murtoa? Have a look at the accommodation options available to you!
Murtoa has many local attractions worth staying for. Murtoa abounds in both, with a largely original early 20th century shopping centre and many buildings of significance throughout the town. These include the Rotunda (1907) and famous arched Memorial Gates (1920) located at the Marma Lake Reserve. Others in the township are the C.B.A. bank (1877-83),...