Entering Timboon from the Port Campbell road
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Timboon /, / is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Corangamite local government area, approximately 213 kilometres (132 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2001 census, Timboon had a population of 787. At the 2006 census, Timboon had a population of 871.
The Port Fairy railway line was opened in 1887, followed by a branch from Camperdown to Timboon that opened in 1892 and closed in 1986. The local railway station is now closed. The Post Office in the township opened on 7 March 1887. Two earlier offices named Timboon were opened in the area, one open from 1849 to 1852, the second, opening in 1853, was renamed Camperdown in 1854.
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Children from the district attend Timboon P-12 School, previously known as Timboon Consolidated School.
The town also has a hall for the local cub scouts, scouts and venturers. During heavy winters, the road to the bridge floods over.
The town has a number of small businesses including an IGA Supermarket, Home Timber and Hardware store, post office, chemist, newsagent, clothing stores, a baker, hairdresser, Commonwealth and National Australia banks, and a laundromat. There are also a few local farming-related businesses that provide the local farmers with their services.
The local Holden dealership, Timboon Motors, has been a family owned and operated GMH dealer for over 60 years. There are two churches in Timboon located near the school. Another, the Anglican church, is on the corner of Barrett and Church streets on the other side of the town
Food and drink production
Timboon Fine Ice-Cream is popular around tourist areas in the south west, such as Port Campbell and Peterborough. It is handmade near the town itself at a local factory. Timboon Farmhouse Cheese, a locally established family business was closed early in 2009, following its acquisition by a multi-national corporation. It has recently re-opened and is developing a new range of specialist cheese products.
The former railway station goods shed was renovated and reopened in mid-2008 as a restaurant, which also houses a whisky distillery under the name Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. The distillery and associated restaurant is also the main outlet for Timboon Fine Ice-Cream. This put the station into use for the first time since being previously used as a Guide Hall. The former station site also marks one end of the Camperdown-Timboon Rail Trail.
The Timboon Demons are an Australian rules football and netball club, playing in the Warrnambool & District Football League. The club was created when Heytesbury Demons and Timboon Saints merged in late 2002.
Golfers play at the course of the Timboon Golf Club on Egan Street.
People from Timboon
- Paul Couch - VFL/AFL footballer for Geelong and 1989 Brownlow Medal winner.
- Des Ball - Special Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Timboon (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Sid Brown (March 1990), "Tracks Across the State", Newsrail, Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division), pp. 71–76.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- John Devaney, Australian Football - Timboon Demons, retrieved 2013-04-07
- Golf Select, Timboon, retrieved 2009-05-11
Media related to Timboon at Wikimedia Commons