WONTHAGGI

Wonthaggi is the destination town of South Gippsland. That sort of makes it the ‘capitol’ of this region. There is a lot to like and admire about Wonthaggi. The traveller will delight in the coal mining history in the town. The name "Wonthaggi" is an Aboriginal word (from the Woiwurrung - Eastern Kulin) which means "to drag, carry or pull with the wind

The town, known originally for its coal mining, is now the regional service centre for tourism, beef and dairy industries. Coal and tourism are now intertwined.

Coal was discovered by explorer William Hovell at Cape Paterson in 1826, and was subsequently mined from the Powlett River fields in the region, between 1859 and 1864.

Much of the coal for the colony of Victoria was sourced from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. After the 1909-1910 strike by coal miners in the Hunter Valley, the Victorian state government was determined to ensure stability in local supplies of coal. The State Coal Mine and the town of Wonthaggi came into being in 1910 to supply coal for the steam trains in Victoria.

The Post Office opened on 11 November 1887 and a 100 years later heritage matters.

In 1911 miners formed the Wonthaggi Co-operative Workmen's Club, a social club with 300 members and a membership fee of 10 shillings.

Miners were also prominent in establishing the local hospital, friendly society dispensary, union theatre, and a co-operative store, and in supporting miners in New Zealand in the 1912 Waihi miners' strike.

The two hotels that continue to service the town are great pubs. The Wonthaggi  full of interesting whale history.

The Museum is just near the heritage precinct.

The Wonthaggi War Memorial has a great profile in the town.

The congregational Churches are a mix of the not very old a bit new.and then the Catholic Church

Wonthaggi will also be noted for the desalination plant. Not richly though.

When visiting allow a few days. This is a very interesting  and historical town.

 

 

 

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