Open cut mine, Ken Stepnell

Population 13398

Morwell is primarily an industrial town and Victoria's major producer of electricity. Nestled in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, it contains one of the world's largest deposits of brown coal. Among all the heavy machinery is the impressive Centenary Rose Garden, featuring over 4000 rose bushes and regarded as one of the finest rose gardens in the Southern Hemisphere.

Visitor Information

Latrobe Visitor Information Centre, The Old Church, Southside Central, Princes Hwy, Traralgon; 1800 621 409

Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Mitchell River National Park

    Stunning river scenery, thickets of temperate rainforest, idyllic fern gullies and tracts of rugged countryside are the background to a wide...more

  • The Lakes National Park

    The Lakes National Park in Gippsland is a birdwatcher’s paradise, a tranquil retreat edged by the blue waters of Victoria and Reeve...more

Nearby towns

  • Moe

    Like many of the towns in this region, Moe is supported by the power industry, but it has managed to avoid becoming a grim industrial...more

  • Traralgon

    Traralgon is one of the Latrobe Valley's largest towns; a commerical hub located on the main Gippsland rail and road routes. Primarily a...more

  • Walhalla

    This tiny goldmining town is tucked away in dense mountain country in Gippsland – in a steep, narrow valley with sides so sheer that...more

In Town

PowerWorks: dynamic displays on the electrical industries; tours of mines and power stations daily; Ridge Rd.

Centenary Rose Garden: off Commercial Rd.

Latrobe Regional Gallery: hosts outstanding works of contemporary Australian art by local and national artists; Commercial Rd.

Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition:

acknowledges all immigrants who contributed to the development of the Gippsland region.


Morwell National Park This park protects some of the last remnant vegetation of the Strzelecki Ranges, including pockets of rainforest and fern gullies. The area was once occupied by the Woollum Woollum people, who hunted in the ranges. In the 1840s European settlers cleared much of the surrounding land. On the Fosters Gully Nature Walk, keep your eyes peeled for orchids (over 40 species are found here) and native animals. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 16 km S.

Hazelwood Pondage: warm water ideal for year-round watersports; 5 km S.

Arts Resource Collective: housed in an old butter factory; Yinnar; 12 km SW.

Lake Narracan: fishing and waterskiing; 15 km NW.

Narracan Falls: 27 km W.

Scenic drives: routes along the Strzelecki Ranges and Baw Baw mountains offer impressive views over the Latrobe Valley.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Baw Baw National Park 44 km

This 13 300-hectare national park cradles the low-key ski resort at Mount Baw Baw, the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. Near the resort are 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails (and you can hire gear at... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 27 km

One of the country’s longest-running craft breweries began life as the Strzelecki Brewery in 1988, but operated for only a brief period before being re-branded as Grand Ridge under new ownership. Over the ensuing... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Narracan Caravan Park 12 km

When its water levels are high enough, Lake Narracan, 5 km north-east of Moe, is a popular watersports venue. Besides sailing and canoeing, waterskiing is also conducted here under the auspices of what’s believed... Find out more

Middle Creek camping area (bush camping) 19 km

From the small town of Yinnar, south of the Strzelecki Hwy, get onto Middle Creek Rd and follow it for 10 km to the south-east. Here, at a secluded spot beside Middle Creek, you’ll find a small bush-camping area... Find out more

Morwell River camping areas 22 km

Blackfish, trout and crayfish are the prime targets for anglers when they set themselves up along the banks of the Morwell River. If you’re a like-minded soul, head for one of the campsites strung out along Morwell... Find out more

Seninis camping area 23 km

This well-shaded campground, the only one in the park, is set on the grassy banks of Tyers River. Access is from Seninis Track, which runs off the Moe–Erica Rd and leads through an area noted for a wildflower... Find out more

Coopers Creek camping area 28 km

This camping area (actually 2 camping areas) is sheltered within the diverse Boola Boola forest. It’s accessed by conventional vehicles along Coopers Creek Track, which you’ll find signposted off the... Find out more

Bruntons Bridge camping area 28 km

This peaceful site beside the Thomson River is reached via the signposted route from Walhalla or via Bruntons Bridge Rd off Cowwarr Rd. There is ongoing work at this campsite, which includes significant road upgrades,... Find out more

Thomson Bridge camping area 31 km

The Thomson Bridge spans the Thomson River to the south of Walhalla, which was one of the richest towns in the country during the 19th-century gold rush. Its population once approached 4000, but now numbers fewer than... Find out more

Western Tyers camping area 33 km

This camping area beside the Western Tyers River is perfectly suited to those whose idea of happiness is sitting on a riverbank in the forest waiting to see what will bite. The facilities here are limited to a picnic... Find out more

North Gardens camping area 34 km

North Gardens is located in the history-ridden centre of Walhalla township on Stringer Creek. This campground was once the end of a tramway used to bring timber fuel to the mines. It has limited space for vans and camper... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park 8 km

This is a very good quality park with gleaming amenities and excellent facilities. The park is about 2 km east of town, on the highway. It is a great base to explore the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.... Find out more

Rawson Caravan Park 31 km

Close to Walhalla, Thomson Dam, the forests and the mountains, this little-known park is an excellent base for exploring the local area. It has good facilities, including a bistro. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Warragul Gardens Holiday Park 42 km

This owner-operated park has spacious grassy sites, good facilities and great amenities. However, the focal point is the magnificent gardens; these alone make the park worth a visit. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Glen Cromie Caravan Park 47 km

In a large, park-like setting on the banks of a stream, this is a popular caravan park during weekends and holiday periods. It is a great place for a family break and just a short drive from the greater Melbourne area.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Traralgon park area 8 km

32km E of Trafalgar (L) or 7km W of Traralgon (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Trafalgar park area 21 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

Blind Joe Creek park area 34 km

21km E of Traralgon (R) or 2km W of Rosedale (L)

Just off the highway near the caravan park.

Willows rest area 36 km

1km NE of Rosedale (L) or 25km SW of Sale (R)

Large grassed area just off the highway.

What's on around town

Market: Latrobe Rd; each Sun.

comments powered by Disqus