Merbein, Victoria

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Merbein
Victoria
Merbein 001.jpg
Commercial Street, the main street of Merbein
Merbein is located in Rural City of Mildura
Merbein
Merbein
Coordinates 34°10′S 142°03′E / 34.167°S 142.050°E / -34.167; 142.050Coordinates: 34°10′S 142°03′E / 34.167°S 142.050°E / -34.167; 142.050
Population 2,526 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3505
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Rural City of Mildura
State electorate(s) Mildura
Federal Division(s) Mallee
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.7 °C
75 °F
9.7 °C
49 °F
285.1 mm
11.2 in
Localities around Merbein:
Yelta New South Wales New South Wales
Merbein West Merbein New South Wales
Merbein South Merbein South Birdwoodton

Merbein is a town outside Mildura, Victoria, in the Sunraysia region of Australia. It is on the Calder Highway between Mildura and the Murray River crossing on the Abbotsford Bridge to Curlwaa. At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 2526.

The area was known as White Cliffs until 1909 when the township was established, the post office opening on 16 August 1909.[2] The town's name was intended to be "Merebin", which is the Aboriginal word for "white sandcliffs", but an error made when registering the name corrupted it to "Merbein".[citation needed]. It is the home of Mildara Wines, which W B Chaffey founded in 1911. The Mildara Blass Winery still stands on the cliffs towering above the Murray River and is open to visitors for a tour and wine tasting. The CSIRO Plant Research Division has a facility at Merbein focused on the grape and citrus growing industries.

Rail freight services to Melbourne operate from Merbein along the Mildura railway line from a terminal operated by Wakefield Transport.[3]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Sunraysia Football League.[4]

Sporting clubs include the Merbein Football Club (Magpies) based at Kenny Park, the Merbein South Cricket Club and Saints Baseball Club both based at Chaffey Park.

Golfers play at the Merbein Golf Club course on McEdward Street.[5]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Merbein (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Roads, ports and freight - Intermodal terminals, www.doi.vic.gov.au, retrieved 2008-08-01 
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Sunraysia Football League, retrieved 2009-04-15 
  5. ^ Golf Select, Merbein, retrieved 2009-05-11 

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