Moe is the first of the ‘Latrobe Valley’ set of six towns/city that makes up coal/power region. Moe is at that extreme edge of the Melbourne commute; both by car and by train. Moe is, given its location a mining and power generation town. Moe has some history, but in truth mostly modern. Moe in the scheme of things is a new town that is not interested in heritage. I.e. ‘just knock it down and make way for progress’.
Moe was originally known as The Mowie, then Little Moi. The town's name is believed to derive from a Kurnai (local Indigenous) word meaning 'swamp land'.
A small gold discovery was made in 1852. The small settlement on the Narracan Creek was a stopover en route to the Walhalla goldfields further north. A Post Office opened on 17 March 1862.
Local industry is based around the brown coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley and electricity generation. The area is also noted for its dairy industry.
Lake Narracan is located immediately to the north of Moe. Lake Narracan is increasingly being used for recreational purposes, including water-skiing, jet skiing and recreational fishing and has a small caravan park and water-ski club.
The industrial heritage determines an interest and stopover is a must.