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Population 21960

Traralgon is one of the Latrobe Valley's largest towns; a commerical hub located on the main Gippsland rail and road routes. Primarily a service centre for neighbouring agricultural communities, timber and electricity production, it also retains a certain village atmosphere with historic buildings in its wide streets and attractive public gardens.

Visitor Information

Latrobe Visitor Information Centre, The Old Church, Southside Central, Princes Hwy; 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

  • Morwell

    Morwell is primarily an industrial town and Victoria's major producer of electricity. Nestled in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, it...more

  • 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

  • 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

Historic buildings: include the old post office and courthouse; Cnr Franklin and Kay sts.

Victory Park: a great spot for picnics. Also here is a band rotunda and miniature railway; Princes Hwy.


Walhalla Mountain Rivers Trail: this scenic drive (Tourist Route 91) winds through pretty hills to the north of town.

Loy Yang power station: tours available; 5 km S.

Toongabbie: a small town that hosts the Festival of Roses each Nov; 19 km NE.

Hazelwood Cooling Pond: year-round warm water makes this a popular swimming spot; outskirts of Churchill; 20 km SW.

Tarra–Bulga National Park: temperate rainforest; 30 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Port Albert 55 km

Port Albert in South Gippsland has become increasingly popular with anglers looking for size and variety.  The huge snapper that arrive every spring remain a major attraction, but they are just one  part of the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Baw Baw National Park 43 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Aura Deli

This busy cafe-deli-cum-restaurant serves terrific cafe food, from egg dishes for breakfast to decent steaks for dinner. Kick-start the day with eggs Benedict. For lunch perhaps consider a homemade crepe filled with... Find out more

Iimis Cafe

Meaning ‘we are’ or ‘all of us’ in Greek, Iimis is a bright and colourful cafe that serves Mediterranean-style food with a strong leaning towards traditional Greek dishes. Expect to find an array... Find out more


Housed in an old Californian-style bungalow, this welcoming restaurant seats diners in three intimate dining rooms. Talented chef and co-owner Lewis Prince offers a contemporary à la carte menu as well as an... Find out more

Terrace Cafe

Part of the Century Inn accommodation and conference centre, this modern cafe is located in the front of the complex on the Princes Highway. It is the place for a light lunch such as a filled baguette, or a two-course... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 40 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 22 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

Bruntons Bridge camping area 24 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

Coopers Creek camping area 25 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

Seninis camping area 26 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

Harrier Swamp camping area 26 km

The short walking track around Harrier will provide a good introduction to swamp life. This low-key camping spot is at the western edge of Holey Plains State Park, and can be accessed by turning off Limestone Quarry Rd... Find out more

Middle Creek camping area (bush camping) 28 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

Thomson Bridge camping area 28 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

North Gardens camping area 30 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

Morwell River camping areas 33 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

Caravan parks around town

Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park 6 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 29 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

Sale Motor Village 46 km

This caravan park is alongside the highway, just 1 km west of the town centre. It is a good base for exploring the area or a convenient overnight stop. Bookings are required during peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Stratford On The River Tourist Park 53 km

This is a good quality park with a range of accommodation, just a short 600-metre walk from the centre of the small town. There are good facilities and it is ideally located for overnight stops or longer stays. Bookings... Find out more

Warragul Gardens Holiday Park 54 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

Rest areas around town

Traralgon park area 5 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Blind Joe Creek park area 20 km

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

Just off the highway near the caravan park.

Willows rest area 23 km

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

Large grassed area just off the highway.

Trafalgar park area 34 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

What's on around town

Farmers market: 4th Sat each month.

International Junior Tennis Championships: Jan.

Traralgon Cup: Nov.

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