Nhill is the next town encounted when traveling the Great Western Highway that joins Melbourne and Adelaide. Nhill is a very old town that 'pre' rapid transport was a major rural destination and business hub. Alas no longer. Heritage factors are clearly important and in years to a come the preservation of the old ‘stuff’ will bring tourists. Nhill is unique insofar there is no TAB or Poker Machines in the town.


The area has been home to the Wotjobaluk Aboriginal people for thousands of years and was first visited by Europeans in 1845. Brothers Frank and John Oliver decided to build a sawmill on Crown land beside the Dimboola-Lawloit road, the township of Nhill grew from there Cobb and Co coaches

The name Nhill is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘early morning mist rising over water’

Nhill was the first Victorian town after the state capital, to be supplied with electricity. Electric lighting was installed by 1892

Tourism is another local industry; Nhill services the highway traffic passing through.

Most of the inhabitants are Lutheran but Anglican but Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches also operate in the town.

The three hotels in Nhill are all century plus buildings and surviving. The Union Hotel requires a special visit to check out the lead light windows.

The Nhill War Memorial is a WW1 and high profile acknowledgement at the junction.

The Nhill Museum is on the western fringe of the township.

Visitors will delight in their visit to Nhill and a minimum of an overnight 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