Mount Beauty, Victoria

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Mount Beauty
Victoria
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Mount Beauty
Mount Beauty is located in Alpine Shire
Mount Beauty
Mount Beauty
Coordinates 36°44′0″S 147°10′0″E / 36.73333°S 147.16667°E / -36.73333; 147.16667Coordinates: 36°44′0″S 147°10′0″E / 36.73333°S 147.16667°E / -36.73333; 147.16667
Population 1,700 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3699
Elevation 365.8 m (1,200 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Alpine Shire
State electorate(s) Benalla
Federal Division(s) Division of Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.1 °C
68 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
1,264.5 mm
49.8 in

Mount Beauty is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia. The town lies alongside the Kiewa River, at the junction of the Kiewa Valley Highway and Bogong High Plains Road in the Alpine Shire local government area.

History[edit]

The town was originally established by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria to house construction workers from the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme in 1949,[2] passing to the control of the local shire council in 1967 after construction was completed.[3]

Post Offices opened at Tawonga South (to the north) on 15 April 1943 and at Mount Beauty on 17 February 1947. Post Offices known as No 2 Camp, No 4 Camp, and No 5 Camp, Mount Beauty were open in the 1949-1953 period.[2]

Attractions[edit]

Mount Beauty township from Sullivans Lookout

The climate of Mount Beauty is truly seasonal, with chilling winters, cool wet springs, scorching summers and colourful autumns. Each season has its own attractions, including skiing, bushwalking, horse riding, gliding, bike riding (mountain and road) as well as fishing (river and lake). Mount Beauty has its own annual music festival, mountain bike competition and regular weekend markets on the first Saturday of each month. There are also many four wheel drive tracks in the local area.

The town is a launching point for trips to the Falls Creek ski resort, and to the Bogong High Plains. To this end there are several ski hire shops, eateries, and a bus company doing daily trips to and from the resort at Falls Creek, 32 km distant.

This town also has great views to the mountains, such as Mount Bogong and the peaks that are of interest to many of the tourists coming through the town.

Sports[edit]

The town in conjunction with neighbouring township Dederang has an Australian Rules football team, Dederang-Mount Beauty, competing in the Tallangatta & District Football League.

Golfers play at the Mount Beauty Golf Club on Tawonga Crescent.[4]

A hang gliding competition, the Bogong Cup, is held in January each year.

The town of Mount Beauty in the Kiewa Valley, nestled at the foot of Mount Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain at 1,986 metres (6,516 ft)


References[edit]

Aerial view
  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Beauty (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b History of Mount Beauty and the Kiewa Valley
  3. ^ Edwards, Cecil (1969), Brown Power. A jubilee history of the SECV, State Electricity Commission of Victoria 
  4. ^ Golf Select, Mount Beauty, retrieved 2009-05-11