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Post office, opened in 1858
|Population||439 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mount Alexander|
|State electorate(s)||Bendigo West|
Harcourt is a small Central Highlands town located approximately 9 km northeast of Castlemaine, where the Midland Highway meets the Calder Highway. At the 2006 census, Harcourt had a population of 439.
The Post Office opened on 27 February 1858 replacing that of nearby Mount Alexander open since 1856.
Set in a lush valley at the foot of Mount Alexander, Harcourt was once the premier apple growing region in Australia (a title yielded to Tasmania some time ago). Still the apple centre of Victoria, the local area is fast getting a name for wine and cider production.
Other things of interest in and around the town are trout fishing and the numerous walking tracks and Koala Park in Mount Alexander Park. Within the park boundary there is an old oak forest which was established by the tanning industry for the acorns. It is home to a World's largest apple. Each year on the March Labour Day long weekend the town hosts "The Harcourt Applefest" - with local produce on sale in stalls, music concerts and several sports on show. Harcourt granite stone is widely used through Australia for soldier memorials, headstones and buildings of historical note.
Media related to Harcourt, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons
- Community website Through the auspices Harcourt Heritage and Tourism Centre Inc, a community website has been created to promote the Township, Organisations and Businesses in Harcourt.
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