WHITTLESEA

Whittlesea is 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east from Melbourne, and is nearly an outer suburb of Melbourne, but it will soon be. The Melbourne sprawl is less than 10k away. Whittlesea is an interesting town than does a few things really well and that heritage factors are important.

The Post Office opened on 1 September 1853 as Plenty and was renamed Whittlesea in 1864. A school opened in a single stone building in 1878 and is to this day home to Whittlesea Primary School. Why Whittlesea is not explained. Whittlesea is a relatively young town.

On the day of 7 February and subsequent days thereafter, Whittlesea acted as a focal point of for firefighting and relief efforts during the Black Saturday bushfires. In a firefighting context Whittlesea fire station and its members play an important role in managing firefighting operations around the Mount Disappointment and Kinglake areas. The township also acted as a focal point for relief efforts, attracting support from the larger Victorian and Australian communities

Local attractions include the old Court House (Now a tourist information center) and museum. The Museum is the preserved Court House and holding Goal.

Whittlesea has two pubs. Both are quite old. The Whittlesea Hotel is the oldest but undated.

The Anglican Church has great presence on the side of the hill. The Catholic Church is clearly a shed in waiting. The Presbyterian Church is also very old. The Unitedis also an old traditional building.

The Whittlesea War Memorial is acknowledged in three ways. The Cenotaph, the Memorial Gates and the tree lined avenue. These memorials are nicely done.

There is no real reason to visit Whittlsea; the town is not on a major route so will not be encounted, but if in the area the place is worth a look.

 

 

 

  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