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