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Mansfield Township

Mansfield is a nature lover’s paradise less than three hours away from Melbourne. A variety of activities are available to cater to all kinds of adventure-seekers.

There is plenty to do in town and the surrounding areas, such as mountain biking, bushwalking, fishing, swimming, white water rafting, and even rock climbing! Those who wish to explore at a more relaxed pace can also choose to experience Mansfield’s strong food and wine scene. Or you could simply sit down in a cafe, sip on some great local coffee, and just watch the world go by.  Whether you are an active adventurer or a laid-back explorer, Mansfield definitely has something for you!

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HISTORY

Mansfield was first occupied by settlers in the 1840’s and was originally called Mount Battery.  In 1856, the township’s name was changed to Mansfield. Gold was discovered in the area on that same year. It was eventually proclaimed as a shire in 1866, and had two schools, hotels, a courthouse, and a hospital. A branch railway was opened in 1891 which connected Mansfield to Melbourne. Nearby Mt. Buller started being developed as a resort in the 1920’s, and by 1964, Mansfield was promoted as the ‘Gateway to Leisureland’ due to its proximity to the budding tourist attraction.

ATTRACTIONS NEARBY

  • Mansfield Armchair Cinema
    Catch the latest blockbuster movies in a unique cinema that features reclining leather armchairs and huge bean bags. You can even order snack items or a glass of wine to enjoy with your movie!
  • Mansfield Golf Club
    Tee off in a golf course with stunning views of the Victorian Alps. There is also a restaurant that provides al fresco dining for those who wish to take it a little bit slower.
  • Mansfield Historical Society
    Explore Mansfield’s history through an archive of photos, microfiche documents, and other memorabilia. History buffs will have a blast in this place.
  • Craig’s Hut
    Located a bit further out, but definitely worth a visit. It is on top of Mt. Stirling and offers amazing vistas of the region. It is regularly rated as a ‘must see’ by visitors, so make sure you drop by!
  • Mansfield Zoo
    Houses over 100 species of animals, such as monkeys, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, alligators, and two very special White Lions. You can camp overnight in the zoo if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
  • Great Victorian Rail Trail
    Australia’s longest rail trail starts at Mansfield and goes all the way to Tallarook. Biking the 134 km trail along Victoria’s countryside is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

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