Loch Sport, Victoria

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Loch Sport
Victoria
Lions Park on Lake St beside Lake Victoria, Loch Sport, Vic, jjron, 31.03.2016.jpg
Painted figures in the Lions Park on Lake Rd beside Lake Victoria
Loch Sport is located in Shire of Wellington
Loch Sport
Loch Sport
Coordinates 38°03′28″S 147°34′10″E / 38.05778°S 147.56944°E / -38.05778; 147.56944Coordinates: 38°03′28″S 147°34′10″E / 38.05778°S 147.56944°E / -38.05778; 147.56944
Population 689 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3851
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Wellington
State electorate(s) Gippsland South
Federal Division(s) Gippsland

Loch Sport is a coastal tourist town situated on the Ninety Mile Beach and Lake Victoria in Central Gippsland, eastern Victoria, Australia. At the 2011 census it had a permanent resident population of 689, though the number swells to 4,000 during the Easter and Christmas holidays.

History[edit]

Before European settlement, the area was used for hunting and fishing (men's work), and the collection of water yams and other vegetable food (women's work). Some of their descendants still live in regional townships. Aboriginal middens are still present.

In the 19th century British settlers cleared the land and began farming. Sandy soils dominate the flat coastal heath scrubland, which is surrounded by brackish lakes on the north and Bass Strait on the south. Later in the 19th century Melburnians discovered the recreational potential of the lakesfishing, swimming and boating—and by the beginning of the 20th century Loch Sport was accessible via a dirt track, with plots of land surveyed for the nascent township. With increasing use of private cars, more people bought property in the town which, in 1980, was one of the last Victorian towns to receive electricity.

Facilities[edit]

Loch Sport has a primary school, a bowls and tennis club, a caravan park, a marina, a pub, RSL club, boat club, service stations, bakery, police station & supermarket. Golfers play at the course of the Loch Sport Golf Club on Spermwhale Head Road.[2]

Environment[edit]

Next to the township lies the 2390 ha Lakes National Park which supports populations of kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, emus and many other birds, and a wide variety of wildflowers.[3] It is also known for its large salt marsh mosquitos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Loch Sport (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2014-10-28.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Golf Select, Loch Sport, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  3. ^ Victoria's National Parks - Explorers Guide, p.206. (See Australia Guides). Parks Victoria. 1999.

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