Moe is the first of the ‘Latrobe Valley’ set of six towns/city that makes up coal/power region. Moe is at that extreme edge of the Melbourne commute; both by car and by train. Moe is, given its location a mining and power generation town. Moe has some history, but in truth mostly modern. Moe in the scheme of things is a new town that is not interested in heritage. I.e. ‘just knock it down and make way for progress’.

Moe was originally known as The Mowie, then Little Moi. The town's name is believed to derive from a Kurnai (local Indigenous) word meaning 'swamp land'.

 A small gold discovery was made in 1852. The small settlement on the Narracan Creek was a stopover en route to the Walhalla goldfields further north. A Post Office opened on 17 March 1862.

Local industry is based around the brown coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley and electricity generation. The area is also noted for its dairy industry.

Lake Narracan is located immediately to the north of Moe. Lake Narracan is increasingly being used for recreational purposes, including water-skiing, jet skiing and recreational fishing and has a small caravan park and water-ski club.

The Moe Hotel is the oldest functional building in Moe The downtown a tavern.

The Moe War Memorial is an RSL afterthought.

The Churches in Moe are all modern.N0 further comment.

The Heritage Museum is a bit of a paradox given there is no heritage evidence in the town proper.

The industrial heritage determines an interest and stopover is a must.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course