In its heyday, Cowwarr was a bustling hub of livestock, timber, grains and vegetables, and dairy products, all bound for Melbourne. Built in 1918, the heritage-listed Cowwarr Butter Factory still stands just next to the rail trail, now used as a wedding and functions venue.
Today, you can soak in the history of this quaint little town, check out the town’s collection of tin cow sculptures, or stop in for a drink and a meal at the Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel, a genuine 1930s Art Deco pub. For natural beauty, there’s the picturesque Cowwarr Weir nearby as well.
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Cowwarr, situated on the fertile Thomson river, was a crucial stopping place on the route from Sale to the gold town of Walhalla. The township developed where the track left the plains and climbed into the mountains.
By 1883 when the railway station opened, there were sawmills operating in the district, and it had a reputation for high crop yields. Cowwarr also developed as a dairying area and soon dairy products were being loaded at the station, as well as crops such as maize and barley and large numbers of cattle. The handsome Cowwarr Butter Factory was built next to the railway station in 1918.
Throughout the 20th Century, the station would continue to serve commuter passengers on the Traralgon-Maffra line, until the service was replaced by road coach in 1977. Wheat continued to move through the station until 1987.