Towong Shire

Towong Shire Scenic Drives Project

Towong Shire Scenic Drives Project

Supported by a $234,000 Victorian State Government grant under the Sustainable Small Towns Development Fund, Towong Shire was able to develop infrastructure, landscaping and tourism branding for five wayside stops and lookouts within the Shire. 

The upgrade and development of scenic lookouts and wayside stops formed part of Council’s Tourism Strategy which identified that the majority of visitors to Towong Shire are self-drive nature based tourists. Therefore, developing attractive facilities and rest-areas at our scenic lookouts was paramount. 

At the Kurrajong Gap Lookout, located along Kurrajong Gap Road between Bellbridge and Bethanga, you can view the rolling hills that surround Lake Hume at the dam wall from a cantilevered viewing platform. Attractive interpretive signage helps visitors discover why the Bethanga Bridge is unique and how the township of Bethanga was established.

On a clear day at Farran’s Lookout between Tintaldra and Towong, an inspiring snow-capped view of the Australian Alps is captured from the new viewing platform with signage to assist visitors to identify peaks such as Mount Kosciuszko, Watsons Crags and Mount Sentinel.

A street map of the ‘Old Town’ is a great visual aid at the wayside stop overlooking Old Tallangatta along the Murray Valley Highway. Accessible directly from the High Country Rail Trail, visitors can also learn about the important role the Wodonga to Cudgewa railway line played in the Towong Shire right up until the late 1970s.

Heading further west along the Murray Valley Highway, a view of the new town of Tallangatta and Lake Hume is seen from the Tallangatta Lookout. The new town was established in the 1950s following the expansion of Lake Hume and interpretive signage assists visitors to learn about the history of the relocation.  

Lockhart's Gap Lookout affords views of the Mitta Valley. From the time of its earliest settlers, the Mitta Valley has been valued for its rich agricultural land and waterways. 

The project was launched in December 2013 by the Hon. Bill Tilley, Member for Benambra. 

Last updated: 03 March 2014