Longitude: 146.082088 Latitude: -38.694269
Metres above Sea Level: 58 m
Area: 158 km² Perimeter: 63.8 km
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The quaint township of Fish Creek is located approximately 25 km from the entrance to Wilsons Promontory. It has maintained its historic shop lined streets which overlook a tranquil park.
The wide streets easily cater for mobile homes, caravans and large vehicles thus providing a great opportunity for a quick stopover. Cafes, galleries, crafts, community gardens, parks and the “Site of the Most Southernmost Point on Mainland Australia of the Great Southern Railway Line” make for an informative and interesting walk about town. Users of the Great Southern Rail Trail, which passes directly through the centre of the town, will find amenities, picnic areas and refreshments.
The historic, disused Railway Station is reminder of an era when the railways opened the area to pioneers and prospectors.
Fish Creek, the waterway, is a tributary of the Tarwin River and joins Waratah Creek near the site of the township of Fish Creek. The creek was named ‘Fish Creek‘ due to the plentiful supply of Black Fish and Mountain Trout reported by the early settlers.
Land along Fish Creek was released for selection in 1884. Two years later all the available land had already been selected. The township of Fish Creek was created out of part of W.P. Ryan’s selection and began to develop with the opening of the Railway Station in 1892. At this time the only ‘visible’ building was Ryan’s combined Hotel, Post Office, General Store and residence.
By 1900 the township had grown to include a new Hotel, Coffee Palace, State School (c 1890), Store and at least one other residence. 1900 saw the establishment of the first Mechanics’ Institute which was used as a multi-functional meeting place for the community. The Catholic Church was constructed in 1904.
The fertile farms fed the Creamery which was superseded by a Butter Factory in 1910 – operated by J. Handbury & Sons. This same year saw the opening of the first Bank of Australia Agency, the Union Church, a new Hotel (replacing the old which had been destroyed by fire) and a small shopping strip which included a Butcher, a Baker, a Tailor and a Store.
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