Mirboo North, Victoria
The Mirboo Bellevue Hotel, Store and Post Office ca. 1885-1899
|Population||1,697 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||South Gippsland Shire|
|State electorate(s)||Gippsland South|
The Mirboo area was settled by timber getters in the late 1870s, attracted particularly by the Mountain Ash. The original railway branch line from Morwell to Mirboo North was completed on 7 January 1886, with the last train being run on 22 June 1974. The railway was constructed through difficult hilly terrain requiring construction of massive embankments and numerous bridges. The convoluted history of the Post Office below demonstrates the attempts to form a viable Mirboo township, culminating in the township of Mirboo North at the railway station becoming predominant.
- 8/1/1879 Mirboo (1) opened
- 22/11/1879 Tarwin (1) opened
- 6/4/1881 Mirboo North (1) renamed from Mirboo, Mirboo (2) renamed from Tarwin
- 29/6/1885 Mirboo South (1) renamed from Mirboo, Mirboo (3) opened
- 1/4/1886 Baromi renamed from Mirboo North (closed 1892), Mirboo North (2) renamed from Mirboo (remains open), Mirboo (4) renamed from Mirboo South (closed 1972)
- 1/5/1888 Mirboo Central opened (closed 1895)
- c.1902 Russell's (Mirboo South) opened (closed c.1904)
Mirboo North became the focus of Victorian media on 10 August 2005, when about 15 cm of snow fell. The snow lay around for days.
The Town today
Mirboo North is where the Grand Ridge Road, a scenic route running from Seaview (near Warragul) to Carrajung (near Traralgon) crosses the middle of the Strzelecki Highway between Leongatha and Morwell.
The town has two schools. Mirboo North Secondary College (~450 students) and Mirboo North Primary School.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mid Gippsland Football League, a cricket team competing in the Central Gippsland Cricket Association and a soccer team (Mirboo North United Football Club) competing in the South Gippsland Soccer League.
Golfers play at the course of the Mirboo North Golf Club on Galvins Road. There is a Sunday market once a Month in Baromi Park which runs beside the Main St
Correction. The picture of the Mirboo Bellevue Hotel, Store and Post Office although shown here under Mirboo North was not actually in Mirboo North. It was located in Mirboo 10 Kilometres south east of Mirboo North.
Notable people and animals
- Tim Forsyth (High Jumper, Silver medallist at the 1992 Olympic Games)
- Belinda Snell (professional basketball player), currently competing in the WNBA for the Phoenix Mercury and a member of the Australian team that won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
- Sam the Koala found in the forests of Mirboo North, Victoria.