Toongabbie is a delight for visitors looking to connect with history, as well as the region’s natural beauty. With several heritage buildings and monuments, along with the flora and fauna of the Toongabbie Wetlands, and great views of the Great Dividing Range from the Trail, this is a must-see stop on your Gippsland Plains Rail Trail journey.
Toilets, Parking, General Store, Water Fountain
Founded in 1863 and serving as a supply point for prospectors during the Walhalla Gold Rush, Toongabbie marked the last spot where goods could move by cart before they were transferred to pack horses and mules to make the rest of the journey to the gold fields. The opening of the rail station in 1883 only increased the town’s importance, as goods could now come direct from Melbourne en route to Walhalla, and local timber could make its way back down the line. In the 20th Century, the town served local stockyards during World War I, and continued to serve the local agriculture and timber industries until road travel largely displaced train freight in the area. The station was closed in 1978.
The town is home to several notable buildings, including the former Mechanics Institute and Free Library, and St. David’s Uniting Church, as well as the town’s iconic Cricket Pavilion.