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Local history and heritage

Historic buildings and places

The towns of Mitchell Shire are full of history worth discovering, whether it’s stories of the gold rush, bushrangers or explorers. While enjoying our towns be sure to take notice of the historic buildings that surround you, reminding you of the years gone by.

Gold Rush

During the Gold Rush years, Kilmore was a major stopover for travellers coming from the ports and town of Melbourne to the goldfields. It was home to over 26 public drinking and boarding houses, numerous churches, schools, and a large hospital in its busiest times. Other towns in the Shire were also places to stop and offered boarding and drinking houses and other services such as blacksmiths, butchers and banks.

Today you will see rustic timber cottages, old country pubs, century-old bluestone buildings and infrastructure, as well as historic farms, homesteads, machinery and shedding that scatter the countryside.

Seymour Heritage Drive

Various locations throughout Seymour.

Take this self-guided tour of Seymour and surrounding areas to see 41 historical buildings, sites and parks, dating back to 1839.

The drive commences at the Goulburn River Bridge built in 1892 and takes in the railway and military history of the region before arriving at the scenic heritage-listed Trawool Valley.

Ask for a map and overview of the points of interest at the Seymour Information Centre at the Old Court House, Seymour.

Local Historical Landmarks


Visitor Information Centre


This page was last updated on 16 September 2021.