pictured right:
The Cricket Club Hotel
Picnic area, Cowwarr Weir
Your nearest tourism information
1a Macfarlane Street
Victoria 3858
Phone: (03) 5148 3404

  about this area
     The Cowwarr district was part of the "Hayfield" pastoral run, taken up in the early 1840s.  With the gold rushes of the 1860s in the Great Dividing Range to the north-west, several supply routes were established from Sale.  A route to Walhalla via Toongabbie became popular after 1866.  Cowwarr marked the point at which this track rose from the plains into the foothills, where supplies were transferred from bullock wagons to pack horses for the arduous journey ahead.  By 1868 an accommodation house was operating and the township was surveyed.
     Various crops such as oats and potatoes were grown, for sale in Walhalla.  The railway arrived in 1883, enabling easy transport of red gum blocks to Melbourne for street paving.  Dairying became widespread as land was cleared; a creamery was established in the 1880s and a butter factory in 1897.  A new, elaborately designed, factory was built in 1918; this is now an art gallery.
     A flood on the Thomson River in 1952 diverted the flow into a new channel, where it remains.  A weir was built in 1958 to control the flow in the old channel as a means of minimising erosion.  Today the water can be directed into the irrigation system as well as being used for recreation.

things to do
food and drink
  • Cricket Club Hotel
  • Cowwarr Post Office Store




places to stay

  • (see Heyfield)
places to visit
in or near

      Thomson River

      Cowwarr Art Space

50km radius
  • the villages of Boisdale, Newry, Tinamba,
  • the townships of Briagolong, Stratford, Maffra, Heyfield, Rosedale, Sale, Longford, Yarram
  • the rich farmlands in the Central Gippsland plains; join the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail
  • Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra
  • the Avon-Mt Hedrick Scenic Reserve
  • the Quarries Reserve, Briagolong
  • the Blue Pool, Briagolong
  • Wa-De-Lock winery and cellar door, Stratford
  • Heyfield Wetlands and Visitors Centre
  • Glenmaggie Weir and wall
  • Lees Creek goldfield
  • Lake Wellington
  • 90-mile Beach
  • Holey Plains National Park, Rosedale
100km radius
  • Gippsland's high country - the hinterland of the Alpine National Park
  • the townships of Yarram, Bairnsdale, Traralgon, Loch Sport, Lakes Entrance
  • Powerworks, Latrobe Valley
  • Dargo and Crooked River goldfields
  • Licola
  • Walhalla
  • Tarra-Bulga National Park
  • Mitchell River National Park
  • Port Albert historic area
  • the Gippsland Lakes
 Leave the Highway at Traralgon or Stratford and take the well-marked Route C105 Gippsland Plains map
For further details, wander over the map or select your location below

Glengarry  |  Toongabbie  |  Cowwarr  |  Heyfield  |  Tinamba  |  Maffra  |  Stratford

further north
|  Glenmaggie  |  Newry|  Briagolong  |  Dargo

Maffra Community enterprise : updated
September 2014