Apsley

Please note: This footage filmed in 2014 only shows some highlights of the area. There may be certain changes in the area namely the return of water to the lakes and wetlands in the region. Enjoy a small taste of what West Wimmera has to offer.

Discover Apsley

Driving along the Wimmera Highway, when you cross the South Australian border into Victoria, the first town to welcome you is the historic village of Apsley. Surrounded by beautiful Red Gums, wetlands, flora and fauna, all still found in their natural environments.

If bushwalking is your passion, Newlands Nature Walking Trail is one for you. Federation Corner is the start of the easy all weather walking track linking the township of Apsley to the picturesque Newlands Lake. Meandering through 258 hectares of natural unspoilt bushland, the 5 km walk (or a shorter version if you choose) takes you into amazing stands of stringbarks, banksias and rare orchids of the Newlands Lake Reserve.

Federation Corner Information Bay was erected in 2001 to celebrate Australia's Federation. It is also a good starting point for Apsley's Historic Walk to relive the history of a former thriving community since it was first settled during the 1840's. Established in 1855 the Apsley Racing Club is now the oldest surviving racing club in Victoria - even predating Australia's icon sporting event, the Melbourne Cup.

There is an outstanding collection of historic buildings around the district; many of these were built by Chinese labourers as they travelled through to the goldfields from the port of Robe, during the gold rush period of the 1850's.

A short drive south is the tiny hamlet of Dergholm adjacent to the Dergholm State Park with the unusual and unique green granite Bailey's Rocks, there's a lovely picnic ground set amongst natural bushland where you can picnic or enjoy a BBQ or go for a stroll through the bush and forget the outside world!

Call into the Apsley Café for more information.

Places to Eat

Amber Ridge
1852 Western Highway
Ph 0467 701 416 Website
The Border Inn
65 Wallace Street
Ph 03 5586 1205 Website
Menzies Dergholm Hotel
"The Pub in the Scrub"

Dergholm
Ph 03 5583 3240

Places to Stay

Ardmeen Cottage
5556 Casterton Naracoorte Road, Poolaijelo
Ph 03 5586 7503 Email Webpage
Ardwick Homestead
1340 Wimmera Highway
Ph 03 5586 5255 Website
The Border Inn
65 Wallace Street
Ph 03 5586 1205 Email Website

Facilities

  • Shopping Centre: Post Office and Gift Shop, EFTPOS facilities. Café, Farm Shop and Nursery 5 km from town.
  • Golf Club: Picturesque 18 hole winter golf course with sand scrapes.
  • Park with free BBQ facilities, Play ground and Public Toilets.
  • Recreation Reserve: Tennis Courts, Football Oval and Netball Courts.

Things to do

  • Newlands Nature Walking Trail
  • Taste the local wines
  • Historic Walk along Main Street
  • Flowering Gum: Located in Wallace Street, this gum is said to be the largest flowering gum in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Little Willow Farm Sculptures (15km north of town)
  • Jimmy Tarpot Memorial: Member of Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868. Memorial inside cemetery gates.
  • Dergholm State Park: Originally inhabited by the Aboriginal people of the Kanal Qundidj Clan. Bushwalking trails and picnic areas. Home to Red Cap, member of the Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868.
  • Baileys Rocks: Massive five million year old pink and green granite boulders situated 44kms south of town. Picnic facilities and public amenities.

Events

  • Monthly - Markets
  • March to November - Apsley & District Motor Sports Dirt Circuit (weather permitting)
  • June - Di Giorgio Aplsey Cup
  • October - Apsley Alive Weekend

For further information visit the Apsley website

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