Launching Place, Victoria
|Population||2,394 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yarra Ranges|
Launching Place is a town in Victoria, Australia, 54 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, Launching Place had a population of 2,394.
The Post Office opened on 12 July 1865, replaced by Hoddle's Creek in 1869, reopened on 1 September 1880, finally closing in 1994.
It is believed that Launching Place is named after the spot on the Yarra River where the logs (freshly cut down in the valley) were floated down the river to be milled in Melbourne. That is, the logs were "launched" at this place along the Yarra River. This was prior to the construction of the Upper Yarra Reservoir.
A new car park has recently been made, making access to the Warburton Rail Trail and Launching Place General Store easier. It is located behind the Launching Place General Store.