Traralgan is the next of the sextuplet of towns in the Latrobe Valley and is only about 8 k’s from Morwell that is now built up all the way. Traralgan is the ‘capitol’ of this immediate region, and is the town that has and is preserving the heritage of the past. Traditional buildings are getting a second life and as a result the ‘city’ is a much more liveable place.

The origin of the name Traralgon is uncertain. It is popularly believed to be derived from words from the Gunai language: tarra meaning "river" and algon meaning "little fish".

The township was established in the early 1860’s and in 1877 the railway line from Melbourne was completed. It was not until the 1930s however that Traralgon began to move away from farming based economy.

In 1960 Traralgon's most famous son Sir Macfarlane Burnet jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.

Further development resulted from the expansion of the power generation industry following World War II, particularly through the now defunct SEC. This included large construction of the massive Loy Yang Power Station in the 1970s and 1980s.

An Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) information processing centre was established in the early 1990s, at the time employing around 400 people.

There are lots of old buildings with character in Traralgan.

The hotels of Traralgan have continued to trade. There are some beaut classic pubs that have survived.

The Traralgan War Memorial is a high profile and significant acknowledgement.

The Traralgan Church denominations practise in buildings that have traditional design strengths. The Anglican being new. The Catholic being a quality mix of old and new.

Traralgan is a nice town and along with the region requires an extended visit. Something certainly clicks here.

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