Kyabram is situated in the Goulburn Valley, 200 km north of Melbourne, 38km west of Shepparton. The area began as a sheep run with European settlement, and didn’t become a township until the mid 1870’s.
There was an outcry in 1884 when officials tried to name the Post Office – and so the town – after a visiting American General that the townsfolk had barely even heard of. After much protest the Post Office was re-christened by the Government as ‘Kyabram’.
The first people of the area are the Bangerang people. The name of the town is thought to have been derived from an Aboriginal word ‘Kiambram’, meaning ‘thick forest’, as the area was originally thickly forested.
Kyabram today is a large producer of dairy and fruit. Its main tourist attraction is the Fauna Park, with Australian Fauna set in 55 hectares of open woodland, wetlands and lakes. The town is also within a short drive to the Goulburn, Campaspe and Murray Rivers.
The Shire of Hepburn is around 110 km north-west of Melbourne, with easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. It is home to approximately 15,000 people. The region has a rich indigenous heritage.
The population increased greatly thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today. Many areas and buildings within the shire are also heritage listed.
The Shire of Hepburn is the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. Mineral springs have attracted retreats for relaxation and treatments. There are also many areas of natural beauty with abundant forests, parks and reserves.
Clunes as a township has one of the best collections of historic buildings in Victoria, and has regularly been used as a setting for film and television series. The first gold in Victoria was found in Clunes in the mid 1800’s, and many of the buildings were built during this time.
The town is now popular for the Clunes Booktown Festival, held every May.
Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students.
There are other accommodation options in Kyabram, from Caravan Parks to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.
The following websites provide a little more information about the Kyabram township and region:
Thanks to David Edwards (Panoramio upload bot) from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.