The southern boundary of Mitchell Shire is situated 30kms north of Melbourne, with its most northern boundary only 90kms from Victoria's capital city.
The Shire covers a total area of 2,864 sq kms and adjoins:
- Hume City Council and the City of Whittlesea to the south
- Murrindindi Shire to the east
- Macedon Ranges Shire to the west
- City of Greater Bendigo and Strathbogie Shire to the north.
The Shire is strategically located offering urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Situated along one of the Nation's most significant transport corridors that links the Australian eastern seaboard and its capital cities, Mitchell Shire boast excellent transport connectivity.
During the Gold Rush years Kilmore was a major stop over for those coming from the ports and town of Melbourne to the gold fields. In its busiest times it was home to over 26 public drinking and boarding houses, numerous churches, schools and a large hospital.
Other towns in the Shire were also frequent stop overs offering many boarding and drinking houses and other services such as black smiths, butchers and banks.
The Seymour Visitor Information Centre volunteers can offer great knowledge in the regions history and provide maps and brochures on the many heritage walks, drives, museums and buildings in the Shire.
Indigenous history of the area can be found by visiting the Taungurung website.
There are a number of Local Historical Societies in Mitchell, including:
- Seymour and District Historical Society
- Broadford and District Historical Society
- Kilmore and District Historical Society
- Wandong History Group.
Visit our History and Heritage Destinations page for local attractions.
- Mitchell Shire incorporates the townships of Beveridge, Broadford, Heathcote Junction, Kilmore, Puckapunyal, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, Wallan and Wandong.
- Population approximately 38,515
- The highest population densities in Mitchell Shire are in the 5-17 and 34-39 age groups
- Key industry sectors by employment include manufacturing 15.6%, retail 13.2%, government administration and defence 12.3%.
- Other dominant industries include agriculture, manufacturing, construction, tourism, transport and storage, education, health services, business services and equine.
The Mitchell Shire population and household forecast is a carefully prepared estimate of how Mitchell Shire's population and settlements are expected to grow and change between the present day and 2031. It is prepared and maintained by demographic forecast specialists ID Consultants with assistance from Council officers.
As well as providing overall population and household numbers for each settlement or area within Mitchell, the forecast predicts our future age distribution, household types and more.
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Our towns offer a variety of unique visitor experiences and host a range of events.
The Shire has a wealth of natural wonders to explore. Why not take a scenic drive through the Tallarook ranges, Mt Disappointment or the granite boulders at Tooborac.
Immerse yourself in the native bushland with a walk along the Goulburn River and discover the region’s amazing flora and fauna.
The Shire prides itself on the historical significance of its towns. Step back in time with a walk through the historic streets of Kilmore or visit the Melbourne Tramway Museum in Bylands. Seymour and Puckapunyal share a rich and historic past with the Australian Military, and are home the Australian Army Tank Museum, Light Horse Memorial Park and new Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.
With a range of attractions there is something for everyone. Spend a day at Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary. Enjoy a ride on the Kilmore Miniature Railway. Visit the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Grab your bike, horse or walking shoes and traverse the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail which runs from Mansfield to Tallarook.
Throughout the year the Mitchell Shire hosts many exciting and entertaining events, including:
Tastes of the Goulburn - a food and wine festival held in Seymour in mid October coinciding with Seymour Cup weekend
Kilmore Celtic Festival - held in Kilmore on the last weekend in June and the
Wandong Country Music Festival - held in early March.
Fabulous local markets can be found across the Shire almost every weekend offering high quality local produce, wine, craft and entertainment.
For more information on accommodation, events, eateries and things to do, talk to our friendly volunteers at our Visitor Information Centre in Seymour or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At the southern end of the Shire, on the Hume Highway and only 42 km from Melbourne, is the town of Beveridge.
It has its place in history as being the birthplace of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly.
The town’s backdrop, Mt Bland, stands out in contrast to a landscape otherwise known for its expansive plains.
An historic bluestone Gothic church still stands that was the former Roman Catholic Church where the Kelly family presumably worshipped.
Broadford is situated only 72 km from Melbourne, on the Sunday Creek and is home to the Shire's Civic Offices and character filled buildings including the local post office and shopping precinct.
On a quiet Sunday in 1842 the explorers Hume and Hovell, camped near a creek they named Sunday Creek. One can still enjoy the quiet of the surrounding bushland enjoyed by these two adventurous men.
Broadford services residents, local farmers as well as visitors to the area. Gold was discovered in the Sunday Creek in the 1860's and in 1890 a huge paper mill was built that continues to contribute to the town's economy.
Historical houses in the area are testament to early settlement. Pioneer Cottage and the Broadford Courier Buildings provide a glimpse of the past by showcasing the building methods and living quarters of pioneers of the area. The antique printing presses and other printing equipment display the technology once put to use to spread news in the small country town.
Broadford is also home to the renowned State Motorcycle Sports Complex, whilst Mt Piper provides striking opportunities for sight seeing, bushwalking and a chance to view the rare Ant Blue Butterfly.
Kilmore is believed to be Victoria’s oldest inland town and the geographic heart of Victoria. Situated near a gap in the Great Dividing Range, Kilmore is approximately 60km from Melbourne but affords all the luxuries of a small country town.
It was originally a stop over town for travellers and cattle driving teams and later for prospective miners and families travelling to the gold fields. After the trip from Melbourne, the long haul up Pretty Sally Hill meant that both man and beast required rest.
Today, Kilmore still offers the same respite to weary travellers and city dwellers looking for a country break. With its cosy Bed and Breakfasts, premier racing facilities, cafés, bakeries and classic country pubs with open fires; Kilmore truly is a place to recharge and rediscover yourself.
Being largely settled by Irish tenant farmers the town has a distinctly Celtic feel, making it the ideal home for the annual Celtic Festival.
Puckapunyal is located 100km north of Melbourne on the Hume Freeway, just outside of Seymour. It is the largest military training centre in Victoria.
Puckapunyal's history began with the forming of a Light Horse troop at Seymour in 1904. This is commemorated with the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park in Seymour and an army tank museum in Puckapunyal itself. It was at the end of World War II that the current town of Puckapunyal was first officially established as a training camp.
‘Pucka’, as it is known to the locals, is more than just home to important military units. Today it is a town with many on-base facilities that cater to service men and women throughout their training and provides the services needed to cater to the area's military families.
Located on the Northern Highway, between Kilmore and Heathcote, lies the small hamlet of Pyalong.
Pyalong is reputed to have been named and settled by the Mollison brothers in 1838. Due to its fertile soils it is predominantly a sheep and cattle district.
Of special note are the trestle bridges common to the area, especially the one over Mollisons Creek built around 1890. The town of Pyalong has a unique cluster of buildings known as ‘Whitehart', once part of the Whitehart Hotel.
Pyalong offers a range of relaxing pastimes to tempt its visitors; from fishing, golf and tennis; to exploring the local scenery.
Seymour sits on the banks of the Goulburn River with the Tallarook Ranges as its backdrop. It is located at the junction of the Hume Freeway and Goulburn Valley Highway and serves its town folk, local farmers and the Puckapunyal army training grounds.
Seymour is a natural beauty with an abundance of unique attractions and its many historic buildings justifiably hold a place in Australian history. As an important rural centre, each year it is host to the renowned Alternative Farming Expo with products showcasing Australia’s unique solutions to the challenges of farming as well as a range of local produce and crafts.
With its history married to that of the railway lines, Seymour boasts an impressive collection of heritage trains at the Railway Heritage Centre.
Situated on the Goulburn River, Seymour is blessed with abundant activities to choose from such as bushwalking, fishing, boating, camping and much more. Seymour also hosts its annual Seymour Show and Tastes of the Goulburn which coincides with the Seymour Cup weekend.
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Tallarook Ranges, the quiet township of Tallarook has its history linked with the expanding railway network.
On the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the town is well protected. The land was once central to the territories of the Goulburn Aboriginal tribes, in whose language, Tallarook means ‘call of the wattle birds’.
Today Tallarook supports abundant wildlife and farming properties. The local vineyards are gaining an international reputation and are the perfect place to unwind and explore.
Tallarook is also the starting point of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, a shared walking, cyclist and horse riding track.
A picturesque valley studded with ancient granite boulders marks the town of Tooborac on the Northern Highway towards Heathcote.
Tooborac is a small service town for the local shearers, farmers and workers.
The Shelmerdine Winery; historical local pub and brewery; general store and boutique accommodation ensure Tooborac maintains its reputation for country hospitality and quiet rural charm. Refer to the Tourist Trail information to make the most of your visit to this classic country town.
Trawool is located 100 km from Melbourne on the Goulburn Valley Highway. The district is dominated by agriculture, dairying and magic scenery.
First explored by Hume and Hovell in 1824; it was later settled as a large sheep station. Development of the area improved with the building of the Trawool railway line to Yea in 1883. The site was originally named ‘Traawool’, the indigenous word for ‘wild water’.
Ever since the early 1900’s it has been a destination for holiday makers from Melbourne enjoying its country charm and magnificent scenery.
In 1983, the National Trust awarded the area a Scenic Classification, recognising its importance as a scenic, geological and cultural site, including its diverse range of flora and fauna. Bushwalking, sight-seeing, hang-gliding and rafting are all popular outdoor activities.
Sitting just outside Mt Disappointment State Forest, Upper Plenty has a variety of bush walking opportunities and nature based activities.
Only an hour drive from Melbourne's CBD, it is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.
Wallan sits at the base of Pretty Sally Hill; presumably named after ‘Pretty Sally’ who ran a sly grog shanty there in the 1840’s.
Wallan is a growing residential town, servicing the farms still surrounding it. It is renowned for its monthly old time market which is ever growing in popularity, offering new and old wares as well as local produce and poultry.
Hidden Valley, once the country property of an elite businessman, is today a thriving rural village set in a Tuscan theme and home to a prestigious golf club and equestrian centre.
Whether playing golf, horse riding, getting a thrill with paintball, wandering the market or just chilling out in a local cafe, Wallan offers all the charm of a rural lifestyle within easy commuting distance to the city.
Wandong / Heathcote Junction
Wandong and Heathcote Junction, two towns very closely located, sit on the back doorstep of the Mt Disappointment State Forest.
Situated at the summit of the Great Dividing Range, Heathcote Junction was the railway junction for the former cross country line to Bendigo via Kilmore and Heathcote. Although the junction is now closed; residents still enjoy the services of a 45 minute train ride into the heart of Melbourne.
Heathcote Junction claims to have the steepest grade on the North Eastern railway line between Broadmeadows and Albury.
Wandong once boasted a large timber industry and still has some links to this today with the town boasting several timber artefacts. The Old Wandong Hall was built in 1902 with timber donated by a local timber business.
Once the biggest in Australia; the Wandong Country Music Festival has been revitalized and is once again making its place in history, now also incorporating a Ute Show.