TOWN PROFILE

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Avoca is located in the heart of the Pyrenees Shire, in central west Victoria, Australia. It sits astride both the Pyrenees Highways between Castlemaine and Ararat, and the Sunraysia Highway between Ballarat and Mildura.

 

Initially settled for sheep and cattle grazing, Avoca quickly established itself as the administrative and commercial centre of the region when gold was discovered in the early 1850s.

Today gold still attracts fortune seeking prospectors to the district, however most visitors are now attracted to the Pyrenees region to sample our renowned wines and enjoy our magnificent state forests.

With the backdrop of the Pyrenees Ranges and the tall red gums along its river banks, Avoca is an idyllic rural town to reside in or visit.

There is ample parking along our impressive divided main street and the modern amenities and services will impress travellers. Our wide main street originated in days gone by when bullock teams required a large turning circle and the historic buildings hark back to the gold rush days. They now house a variety of cafes, galleries, specialty shops and accommodation

 Nestled at the foothills of the beautiful Pyrenees Ranges, you’re invited to stay in one of the many and varied accommodation styles Avoca has to offer including, B&B, motel, hotel, self-contained cottages, farmstay or caravan park & cabins.Make Avoca your base for a relaxing getaway and you can experience all that the region has to offer. We are only two hours from Melbourne and with Ballarat, Bendigo, St Arnaud, Maryborough and the Grampians about an hours drive away you can head out in a different direction every day!

 Avoca Resource and Visitor Information Centre is open 7days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm and provides information on businesses, accommodation and tourist attractions in the region. The Centre provides the community with internet access as well as featuring the library which is open Mondays and Fridays 2-5pm and Wednesdays 9am to 12 noon

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 But why would you want to leave all that our district has to offer? Renowned wineries, golf and bowls packages, monthly market, local events, historical trails, the picturesque Pyrenees Ranges where you can go hiking, horse riding, mountain bike & motorbike riding and 4 wheel driving… and of course friendly locals who are willing to share their part of Victoria.Whether you choose to stay for a weekend or a month, Avoca and its residents welcome you to experience the best of our picturesque town.You may find that it’s very hard to leave!