Murrabit

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Murrabit
Victoria
MurrabitMarketSite.JPG
Site of the Murrabit Country Markets
Murrabit is located in Shire of Gannawarra
Murrabit
Murrabit
Coordinates 35°31′0″S 143°57′0″E / 35.51667°S 143.95000°E / -35.51667; 143.95000Coordinates: 35°31′0″S 143°57′0″E / 35.51667°S 143.95000°E / -35.51667; 143.95000
Population 330 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3579
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Gannawarra
State electorate(s) Murray Plains
Federal Division(s) Mallee

Murrabit is a town in northern Victoria, Australia. It is on the Murray River, 305 kilometres (190 mi) from the state capital, Melbourne and 52 kilometres (32 mi) from Swan Hill. Murrabit is in the Shire of Gannawarra local government area and at the 2011 census, Murrabit and the surrounding area had a population of 330.[1]

The township was established in 1925 as a railway station on the Kerang-Stony Crossing Border Railway. In accordance to legislation the town must be no closer to two miles from the state border. On the Murray River is the site of an historic bridge. The lift span bridge was constructed in 1926 and used for rail and road until 1960 when the railway was closed. A Murrabit Post Office opened on 2 March 1880. This was renamed Murrabit West in 1924 when a new Murrabit office opened near the railway station.[2]

Murrabit is a major citrus producing area, with many orchards and packing sheds. Dairy is the other major industry with water provided through the Torrumbarry Irrigation System and milk being sold to processing plants at Leitchville and Rochester.

Murrabit is known for its regular country market. The market, held the first Saturday of each month, was established in 1977 and is reputed to be the biggest in regional Victoria.[3]

Golfers play at the course of the Murrabit Golf Club on Murrabit Road.[4]

The town has an Australian rules football club, playing in the Golden Rivers Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Murrabit (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 4 November 2008 
  3. ^ Visit Victoria - Tourist site - Retrieved 1 November 2006
  4. ^ Golf Select, Murrabit, retrieved 2009-05-11 

External links[edit]

Media related to Murrabit, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons