Myrtleford is situated on the scenic Great Alpine Road between Wangaratta and Bright. The town centre is set against the scenic backdrop of a forest mountain range. It was originally known as Myrtle Creek, and the area has a rich history of gold mining, and hops and tobacco growing. These days primary industries are timber harvesting, grape growing and winemaking, fruit and nut growing, and the dairy industry.

There are a number of attractions within the area. The Tobacco Co-Op illustrates the tobacco growing history of the region and boasts the landmark ‘Big Cigarette’. The Phoenix Tree is a large sculpture carved out of the trunk and roots of a huge River Red Gum. Lake Buffalo is a man-made lake south of Myrtleford, on the Buffalo River, and is the water supply of Wangaratta and farms in the area. It is popular for picnics, barbeques, and water sports.

The are also several bike and walking tracks nearby. Mount Buffalo National Park is also south of Myrtleford, accessed via the small town of Porepunkah.


Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students:

There are many other accommodation options in Myrtleford, from Cabins at the Caravan Park to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.

Useful Links

The following websites provide a little more information about the Myrtleford township and region:

Health Service Information:

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Myrtleford. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



For more information and general enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791



Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.