Murtoa is a small diversion town, and is an option when traveling from Horsham to Stawell. Lake Marma gives the town resort status and is also popular for local day trippers. The town is very spread out which suggest a bustling earlier period.
The working section of the present day Murtoa silos can hold up to 400,000 tonnes of grain.
Because wheat could not be exported during the Second World War, a stick grain shed, 260m long and 60m wide, was built from 640 unmilled tree trunks in 1941. The stick shed is heritage listed and, in October 2008, the Victorian government allocated funds to upgrade it. Not noted this trip.
In 2007 the drought took effect on Murtoa's lake, Lake Marma, and it dried up. Once home to many species of birds and animals, it is now a common mistake to believe it has been dry for decades. The lake is currently full.