Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 148.530677 Latitude: -37.795954
Metres above Sea Level: 18 m
Area: 135 km² Perimeter: 84.5 km
View Marlo’s Statistics & Demographics
Marlo is a tiny seaside village located on the banks of the mighty Snowy River – just before it flows out into the ocean. The foreshore area boasts wonderful walking trails through the sand dune forests and for those that prefer the sand, you can walk all the way to the ocean, along the sandy shores of the river estuary.
Such a stark contrast – the wild ocean beyond the sand dunes – the tranquil river estuary and delightful sand dune forests . . .
The large jetty is perfect for fishing and the boat ramp provides access to the tranquil waters. With ample parking and picnic facilities, Marlo is a delightfully peaceful, tranquil, unspoiled location to enjoy a picnic, holidays or a Sunday outing . . . The safe, sheltered, crystal clear waters of the estuary are just perfect for the kids !!
It truly is a stunning seaside hideaway. Even in the late 1800’s people ventured to Marlo, as described in the article “Marlo – The Snowy River“, published on the 23rd October 1888.
The village provides a general store (including a Post Office), fishing supplies, fuel, a couple of eateries, a hotel, and a variety of accommodation.
Historically speaking, Marlo was once a vital link for the early pioneers. From as early as the 1850’s, goods transported by sea from Melbourne would be unloaded at Marlo Wharf, transferred to barges and towed by paddle steamer up the Snowy River to Orbost and beyond . . .
The famous, locally built paddle steamer, the PS ‘Curlip’ was built at the Tabbara sawmill located on the Brodribb River (a tributary of the Snowy River), not far from Marlo. The sawmill owner, Samuel Richardson, and his three sons commenced building the vessel in October 1889. Amazingly, just a few months later, the PS ‘Curlip’ was launched – on the 6th February 1890, at 12 MD. Tragically, just 6 months later, Samuel Richardson drowned at the entrance – possibly whilst inspecting a grounded schooner, though the records of the incident are scant.
The PS ‘Curlip’ towed up to 5 barges at one time, took up to 25 passengers (although this was reduced to 10 passengers if she was towing), noting that children under 12 would be considered as only half a passenger . . . She also towed vessels in and out of the entrance of the Snowy River to the sea. During her reign, she was the main means of transport and often hired for social functions as well !!!
Unfortunately, on the 28th February 1919, a flash flood washed the PS ‘Curlip’ and 2 barges out to sea:
” . . . The big flood on today. The river came roaring down about 1:00 am and rose 12 to 15 inches in an hour. The steamer ‘Curlip’ and two barges carried down river and out to sea and washed ashore at Marlo. . . “
– Source: Alan Richardson’s Diary, 28th February 1919
Thankfully her memory remains due to an energetic and enthusiastic bank of volunteers who constructed, maintain and run cruises on the replica – the PS ‘Curlip’ II. An amazing accomplishment.
The article “Down Marlo Way” published in the Australasian on the 8th February 1919, records Marlo’s treasures and wildlife – as it was back then.
Today, Marlo remains a quiet, peaceful and stunning seaside retreat.
Discover Marlo via POI Australia’s Interactive Map, or, acquaint yourself with Marlo’s
POI Australia has been designed to network Australia by encouraging and harnessing local knowledge wherever possible.
Our aim is to –
– encourage locals to support LOCAL community groups and events; and to use LOCAL products and services
– encourage visitors, tourists and investors to the many amazing regions of Australia that are so often overlooked.
During our visit, we have endeavoured to capture the essence of Marlo and collectively, with our research, have summarised the Points Of Interest (POI) that we have found.
We know that there are many more POI and stories to tell. We enthusiastically invite and encourage contributions to POI Australia – no matter how large or small. To submit information regarding your town and region, please contact us. The information will be reviewed, edited (to suit the segment), approved and added to POI Australia. Remember: “a picture says a thousand words” – so the more photos – the better. To maintain relevancy of the information on the website, we are always grateful to receive updates at any time.
We encourage community organisations, sporting clubs, events, non-for-profit organisations to list with us, as all these services are totally free of charge – apply for your 100% Discount Coupon here.
In order to maintain the free community services, POI Australia provides an opportunity for businesses to support their town and region by advertising for a nominal annual fee. The business listings are designed to be very quick and easy to complete, providing links to existing websites, Facebook, etc., so that time-poor business owners can quickly add and maintain their listings. We hope that the low charges will encourage business to “spread the word”.
The more we network, the more successful we will be in promoting Australia’s locations, stories, histories, businesses, people, sustainability and the environment.
Working together, we can protect our Country, our Environment and our Communities . . .
No Records Found
Sorry, no records were found. Please adjust your search criteria and try again.
Google Map Not Loaded
Sorry, unable to load Google Maps API.