Amphitheatre, Victoria

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Hotel Amphitheatre
Amphitheatre is located in Pyrenees Shire
Coordinates 37°10′0″S 143°25′0″E / 37.16667°S 143.41667°E / -37.16667; 143.41667Coordinates: 37°10′0″S 143°25′0″E / 37.16667°S 143.41667°E / -37.16667; 143.41667
Population 291 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3468
LGA(s) Pyrenees Shire
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Wannon

Amphitheatre is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Pyrenees Highway in the Pyrenees Shire, south-west of Avoca. At the 2006 census, Amphitheatre and the surrounding area had a population of 291.[1]

Gold was discovered in the area in 1853, and a settlement was established at Amphitheatre as a result.[2] It was originally located further south of its current location, in the natural amphitheatre after which it is named.[3] A Post Office opened on 22 June 1859.[4] The Avoca-Ararat railway, which opened in 1890, included a station at Amphitheatre. The station was closed, along with the line, in 1959. The coming of the railway led to the township being relocated nearer to it and to the main road, now called the Pyrenees Highway. A plaque has been placed at the original location as the only reminder of the first town site.[3]

Amphitheatre has a primary school and a Post Office, and an ice creamery has been established in the Amphitheatre Hotel. Accommodation is available in the hotel.[2]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Amphitheatre (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to the Amphi". The Amphitheatre Hotel. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Community Action Plan for Amphitheatre" (PDF). Pyrenees Shire Council. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11