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A Guide to Morwell
Tucked between Moe and Traralgon, brings you to the picturesque town of Morwell in the curve of the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. Just over an hour's drive away from the busy metropolis of Melbourne, Morwell is a delightful leafy place, surrounded by beautiful scenery, as well as being an integral cog in the Victoria fossil fuel and energy wheel. Roses are seen throughout the pretty town, which is right on the doorstep of the lush Morwell National Park.
A Convict Past
There used to be an open prison in Morwell and it was open in the true sense of the word. It opened in 1951 and whilst it was being built - by prisoners who also called the farm home - prisoners were regular visitors to the town's shopping centres where they could rattle their collection tins for money without interference or supervision from the guards. Morwell River Prison closed in 1997.
Things to See and Do in Morwell
The Morwell National Park is heaving with an abundance of exciting local wildlife like wallabies, cute koalas, lyrebirds and the legendary wombats. There is a stunning one hour walk through the rainforest, known as the Fosters Gully Walk with great BBQ areas to enjoy a picnic afterwards.
The Morwell Centenary Rose Garden is a thriving community project showcasing an astounding 3000 roses in beautifully manicured gardens with quaint cobbled walk ways and lush park lands. The beautiful 4 acres of garden is a popular location for music concerts and weddings and is a lovely place to enjoy a quiet, rejuvenating walk stopping to smell the roses.
The Hazelwood Pondage is a unique artificial lake, which is tempered at a steady 22 degrees C right throughout the year. In the middle of winter there is a mysterious looking mist that rises from the lake and is popular with locals and visitors alike. The annual sailing regatta is held here, there are sailing facilities for the disabled, playground for the kids, lots of picnic and BBQ areas as well as camping and caravanning.
The Boolarra Rail Trail is a walking trail that can be done on a bicycle as well that is a great way to experience, learn from and enjoy an interactive tour through the Latrobe Valley Power Industry. There are coal mine tours and it is a fascinating journey, with the trail being 13km long, through the history and current workings of the region that supplies an impressive 85% of the electricity for Victoria.
The Gippsland Immigration Park is a stunning testament erected as a tribute to the contribution that immigrants have brought to the country; a great educational and informative experience with plenty of BBQ facilities, playgrounds and great picnic areas.
Tyers Park is a nature and outdoor lover's heaven. Plenty of places to go fishing, swimming, enjoy the outdoors and be immersed in nature. Hikers and walkers will love the walking trails ranging from easy to challenging. Fossils can be discovered in the abundance of limestone outcrops and it is the perfect spot of a day of nature study out in the fresh air.
The Gippsland Heritage Park located in Old Gippstown, is a real treat stepping out into history. Enjoy a High Tea or a picnic in the park, after visiting the historic general store, and some of the other original town businesses and buildings. You can see old farming implements, horse drawn carriages and more in this special vintage town. Popular for weddings and other celebrations.