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The town’s natural beauty
There are a number of good reasons to start the exploration of the region in Murtoa. This quaint town, established in 1876, has been designed around the picturesque Lake Marma, which not only provided the town and its first settlers with much needed water but has been a habitat to abundant wild life and the most incredible views of sunrise and sunset one can imagine.
Today Murtoa remains home to the descendants of the town’s first selectors as well as those who prefer the slow paced country lifestyle for their growing families.
visiting Murtoa will feel like you have been here before. Serene and relaxing. Not many people know that “Murtoa” actually means ‘Home of the Lizard’ in Aboriginal language.
See how many giant lizard sculptures you can count in your walks around the town!
Murtoa is also home to Victoria’s Heritage Listings
– Impressive Stick Shed (1941), a massive grain store.
- Railway Water Tower (1886), a water storage facility
- Kurrajong Tree Avenue (1901), the oldest native street planting in Victoria.
Aong with many of it's original buidings
Murtoa’s fascinating history
These are just a few examples of the incredible boom Murtoa experienced at the turn of the last century, thanks to the opening of the railway line in 1878.
The local newspaper Dunmunkle Standard (1878) mentions The Sawpit brick kiln, Garland’s Saddlery, Thomas Flour Mill, Scott’s Coach Builders and The Freezing Works amongst the biggest privately owned businesses that thrived in Murtoa around that time. There were also numerous clubs and associations that provided services and leisure activities to the town’s growing population.
The Murtoa and District Historical Society, which collects, preserves and displays the examples of the town’s remarkable history, will shed some light on the town’s interesting past, including hints and tips on how to best explore the history of our town.
Download the Murtoa Heritage Trails Brochure for a self guided tour through the town. Follow the Blue and Red Trails as you discover the heritage buildings in the town’s centre.
And make sure you do not leave Murtoa without seeing the museum precinct with its beautifully restored Railway Station, Concordia Cottage and The Water Tower Museum, which hosts famous James Hill’s Taxidermy Collection and historic artefacts.


Stick Shed

Start your journey at The Stick Shed, often referred to as “The Cathedral of the Wimmera”. This large, Heritage Listed structure is open for sightseeing, with guided tours available all year long. It occasionally hosts various pop up art installations, expos, concerts and fine wine & dine events.
Learn about the history of the railway transport that dates back to 1876 by visiting The Murtoa Museum Precinct. Inspect departure halls of the old Railway Station, walk up the spiral staircase of the Water Tower, hosting the famous taxidermy collection and visit Concordia Cottage, the old seminary classroom. Just follow the railroad tracks on the way from the Stick Shed.
You can further explore the town’s interesting past on foot, thanks to Murtoa Heritage Trails, a self guided walking tour that lists the town’s many significant sights.
Enjoy a leisurely scroll around the picturesque Lake Marma and adjacent Rabl Park. Grab a picnic rug, relax and listen to the wild life while watching the most picturesque sunset. Originally built as a war-time emergency grain storage in 1941, this unique, Australian Heritage Listed structure has become a remarkable example of Aussie ingenuity and the local farming community.
It was constructed using over 560 natural mountain ash poles and is 270m in length. Soaring to 19m in height and a width of 60m, it gives the impression of a grand cathedral. For that reason it is often referred to at “The Cathedral of the Wimmera”.
Located next to the Grain Corp Receival Facility at the East entry to the town, the Stick Shed is open for guided tours and occasional events, such as art shows and art installations, concerts, expos and private weddings.
The Wine & Dine in the Stick Shed, held annually, is a premier fine dining event with famous chefs coming to town to show their culinary prowess to some 200 dining guests.
1465 Wimmera Hwy, Murtoa, VIC


Water Tower

Explore the impressive 4-storey, 13-metre high Water Tower Museum.
Hosts the unique James Hill Taxidermy Collection with over 500 birds and other fauna.
Historic artefacts, memorabilia and household and farming tools from 1890’s, the era of the town’s most significant growth.
Climb up the spiral staircase to the top floor, which reveals the underbelly of the 40,000 gallon wrought iron tank that used to store water for steam locomotives.


Concordia Cotage

is an original classroom from Murtoa’s first Concordia Lutheran Seminary. The cottage houses displays of period clothing, an antique organ, the Murtoa Telecom manual switchboard, stories of local heroes and more.


Railway Station

The recently refurbished Railway Station presents history of railway transport in Murtoa, its significance for the town’s boom and the demise of passenger travel. Relics of historical bakery and saddlery are on show in The Goods Shed.
If you are lucky, you may be able to watch and count carriages of a typical grain train as it passes through the Murtoa Railway Station on its way to a port at 110kms per hour!
The interstate rail line The Overland, which runs between Adelaide and Melbourne, also passes through Murtoa.
The town is hoping to make Murtoa an additional service stop on this iconic train journey.

Murtoa is a disused railway station on the Serviceton railway line.
Although the station is no longer used as a passenger stop, it is however still an important location for Pacific National as it is where the Hopetoun line junctioned off of the mainline.
Much of the station was extensively altered in the 1980s, following the introduction of CTC between Ararat and Serviceton.
The signal box was abolished, the number of roads in the yard was reduced and the local signal panel was only switched in if needed, with the former staff depot closing by the end of 1988.
Also during 1988, the former turntable was moved to Dimboola.

To see

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A gateway to Wimmera’s hidden treasures
Located in the heart of Victoria’s far west region of Wimmera, north of the fabulous Grampians and Halls Gap and south east of Wyperfeld and Little Desert National Parks, Murtoa is a quaint country town, roughly half way between Melbourne and Adelaide.
It is known for its remarkable history and successful grain farming industry producing wheat, barley, chickpea & lentil for our domestic market as well as export.
Just a short 25 minute drive from the main regional city of Horsham, Murtoa is a gateway to the hidden treasures of this rural region, including the original and hugely popular Silo Art Trail , which celebrates regional Australia in a modern and accessible artistic context.

Things to Do and See

The Murtoa Museum Precinct
1 Comyn St , Murtoa, VIC
+61 429 944 673
+61 437 920 734
include Heritage:
- Railway Water Tower (1886)
- Concordia Cottage (1892) and the recently restored
- Murtoa Railway Station (1886).

Explore attractions unique to Murtoa
Lake Marma
Lake Marma is one of Murtoa’s many wonderful assets. Thanks to abundant birdlife, fish and the most picturesque views of sunrise and sunset, it has always attracted those who long to connect with nature.
Originally a small natural swamp it became incorporated into the Wimmera Mallee water supply system over a century ago and until recently, it was the source of Murtoa’s drinking water.
Today, Lake Marma is a popular relaxation spot with a 2km tree and reed lined walking tracks, fishing and boat jetty, small beach, manicured park lawns and benches for you to sit on whilst enjoying the magnificent views

Rabl Park
Named after Murtoa’s most prominent doctor and long-resident family, the park was developed by the now-defunct Apex Club over many years.
The hard work of this group has seen a wasteland and swamp become a delightful area for public use next to Lake Marma. It has semi-permanent water in an irregular reed lined lake, which sees an abundance of fish, ducks and other wild life.
It has attractive green surrounds, jetties, bridges, a playground, BBQ and toilet facilities with a tourist information board and a well-loved Skate Park ready for any skating enthusiasts.
Rabl Park also features the re-located historic Murtoa Railway Station foot bridge (1896) spanning the lake narrows. The many paths shaded by beautiful mature trees make for a lovely, relaxing walk.

Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Historic Engines Museum

Dunmunkle Sumpoilers
Start your journey at The Stick Shed, often referred to as “The Cathedral of the Wimmera”.
This large, Heritage Listed structure is open for sightseeing, with guided tours available all year long.
It occasionally hosts various pop up art installations, expos, concerts and fine wine & dine events.
Learn about the history of the railway...
Read more It is a rare sight to see a collection of massive Ruston-Hornsby engines, known as Dunmunkle Sumpoilers, in one place. These wonderfully preserved engines, all shiny and in perfect working order still exist thanks to their private owners who collaboratively come together to share them with the public.
Housed in the historic Wimmera Inland Freezing Works buildings at the East end of Murtoa and impressive in size, each weighing up to twenty tonnes or so, the Dunmunkle Sumpoilers were originally used to generate power for the factory’s refrigeration operations back in 1911.
Watching them run is a truly unforgettable experience and a real priviledge as the Sumpoilers are only shown in action during Murtoa’s Big Weekend, held at the start of October each year.
The Dunmunkle Sumpoilers are not available for casual viewing. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Murtoa Cemetery
Murtoa Cemetery Rd, Murtoa, VIC
+61 3 5385 2483

Three kilometres east of town is a well-preserved old cemetery with the first burials recorded as early as 1870s. It saw war conflicts as well family tragedies since the first settlement.
A Marble Memorial Seat featuring a motif of Madonna and a child, created by a local artist Steve Monk, pays tribute to some 248 children who were stillborn or died as infants and were buried at Murtoa Cemetery.
Visitors can see extraordinary examples of early floral decorations and a number of graves with old German inscriptions.
This historic site is managed by Murtoa Cemetery Trust.

Barrabool Nature Conservation Reserve
Just 20 minutes south of Murtoa is Barrabool Nature Conservation Reserve of largely undisturbed Wimmera forest with important Aboriginal sites.
It is accessible only in dry conditions via the many tracks throughout. Ancient trees and even older waterways abound within – a real treat for a nature buff.

GrainCorp Receival Centre
Victoria’s largest inland grain storage, ‘Marmalake’ is located adjacent the Stick Shed and is a hive of activity during the Summer harvest, with a vast number of trucks carrying many varieties of crop to the huge storage areas, both above, and on the ground.
The products are mostly transported to their various destinations via the adjacent railway, then shipped overseas as needed for market demands.

Murtoa & District Advertiser
36 McDonald Street, Murtoa
03 5385 2785
0407 722 754

Printed for the first time in 1878 the Dunmunkle Standard was an iconic newspaper that delivered news to Murtoa and surrounding region for more than 100 years.
Located in McDonald Street, the Slattery family business operated a number of printing machines until a couple of decades ago. Unfortunately, most of them are now owned by private collectors but visitors to Murtoa can still see the remains of the printing shop featuring an artwork by “Slatts” a talented son of the Slattery printers.
Today the Dunmunkle Standard is published fortnightly by Murtoa Progress Association under the name Murtoa and District Advertiser.

Kurrajong Tree Avenue
he avenue of 49 Kurrajongs (Brachychiton populneus) was planted in 1901-1902 along Comyn Street between the Wimmera Highway and Mc Donald Street.

Silo trail