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BALMORAL

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Balmoral is an historical, pastoral and recreational centre with a welcoming country community waiting to show you the many local delights.

The Jardwadjali people were the original custodians of the land and the local Aborigines knew the area as ‘Darrangurt’.

For those with an interest in the Australian bush, water sports, fishing, four-wheel driving, golf, history, engineering or horse riding, there is plenty for you in this district. Rocklands Reservoir, a part of the Wimmera Mallee irrigation system, is a major local attraction. State forests surround this popular fishing area, to the east of Balmoral, and there are a number of camping areas situated amidst open box woodland near the foreshore of the reservoir. The nearby Black Range State Park boasts masses of wildflowers, Aboriginal rock art, colourful bluffs and fine views.

The pastoral heritage of the Balmoral district is tightly entwined in the finest of wool and richest grass fed beef production. Of late, canola and grain crops and timber production through blue gum plantations have drawn attention to the area.

In a fascinating diversification, culinary herbs are now growing amongst the beautiful rolling hills, southeast of Balmoral. Glenelg River Herbs is Australia’s largest producer of premium quality rosemary and other herbal products for domestic and international customers. Views of many thousands of rosemary plants unfold from the roadside as you travel between Balmoral and Cavendish.

The Old Courthouse and Gaol, the Post Office and churches evoke the history of Balmoral’s early settlement, while the large-scale Martinich-Carran mural makes a vibrant and contemporary art statement in the village centre, dramatically contrasting with the town’s historic charm.

Balmoral comes alive during the year with its famous Pastoral and Agricultural Show in March. The show has retained all the atmosphere of an authentic agricultural fair - something increasingly rare in rural Australia these days - with the locals kicking up their heels in a vibrant display of rural charm and a healthy dose of fun. Many more community-led events are held throughout the year, including the very popular Easter Saturday street market, the Show‘n’Shine vintage car meet each November, and Chameleon Arts theatre and music nights and pop-up arts events.

Visiting a local farm promises an authentic experience of rural life, beautiful vistas, and all the action of a working shearing shed.

Visitors will enjoy the tranquility of the Glenelg River Wetland and River Walk. It is a stunning oasis of thriving birdlife, and your patience may be rewarded with a sighting of kangaroos and wallabies, or a rare platypus. The sound of water flowing over the ford will undoubtedly sooth your soul. Dozens of swamp hens, herons, ducks and wading birds are guaranteed to greet you, as will the spectacle of hundreds of water lilies in spring and summer.

EXPLORE OTHER TOWNS

> Byaduk/Branxholme

> Cavendish

> Coleraine

> Dunkeld

> Glenthompson

> Hamilton

> Penshurst

> Tarrington



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