Nichols Point, Victoria

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Nichols Point
Victoria
Nichols Point is located in Rural City of Mildura
Nichols Point
Nichols Point
Coordinates 34°12′50″S 142°11′10″E / 34.21389°S 142.18611°E / -34.21389; 142.18611Coordinates: 34°12′50″S 142°11′10″E / 34.21389°S 142.18611°E / -34.21389; 142.18611
Population 837 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3501
Location
LGA(s) Rural City of Mildura
State electorate(s) Mildura
Federal Division(s) Mallee
Localities around Nichols Point:
Mildura New South Wales New South Wales
Mildura Nichols Point New South Wales
Irymple Irymple Irymple

Nichols Point is a small township in Victoria, Australia, located approximately 4 km from Mildura, Victoria. The Post Office opened on 8 April 1908 although known as Nicholl's Point until around 1949.[3] The Post Office includes a small general store and bottle shop. In the 2006 census, Nichols Point had a population of 837.[1]

The town has a Primary School with over 300 students. The Nichols Point School opened in May 1892, and classes were initially held in a "bough shelter" structure until the local Methodist Church was leased in July 1892 (on the corner of 5th Street and Koorlong Avenue). In 1907 the school moved into a brick building in Fifth Street. In 2007 a complete new school was opened in Koorlong Avenue.[4]

The area is predominantly irrigated farmland.

Golfers play at the course of the Riverside Golf Club on Park Street.[5]

Nearby is the Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve, managed by Parks Victoria. Bordered by a wide stretch of the Murray River, home to majestic River Red Gums and a fantastic variety of birdlife, Kings Billabong Reserve is an ideal place to discover nature and history within minutes of Nichols Point and Mildura.

A major tourist attraction in the town is Woodsies Gem Shop.[6] The shop includes Aladdins Cave and the human sized Crazy Maze with a playground. The store is located at Cnr Morpung & Cureton Ave. The store is one of Australia's largest gem and giftware complexes. It is also one of the locations for the annual country and music festival held in late September through to October.

Nichols Point Reserve ground gets used all year round by multiple sporting clubs. Nichols Point Cricket Club (Summer), Nichols Point Soccer Club & Mildura Tigers Rugby Club (Winter). It also gets used by the Nichols Point Primary School during interschool competitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Nichols Point (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Travelmate
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ Nichols Point Primary School, Home Page, retrieved 2012-10-12 
  5. ^ Golf Select, Riverside, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  6. ^ www.visitmildura.com.au, Woodsies Gem Shop, retrieved 2014-08-14