Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 145.135896 Latitude: -37.024760
Metres above Sea Level: 145 m
Area: 79.9 km² Perimeter: 45.5 km
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Seymour is located approx. 100 km from the heart of Melbourne. The town is the bustling hub of the area, servicing town folk, local farmers and the Puckapunyal Army Training Base. Located on the edge of a large loop of the Goulburn River and at the base of the Tallarook Ranges, the town is surrounded by fertile agricultural, pastoral & wine growing areas. It features many Points of Interest such as the stunning river, parks, amenities, river walks, historic pioneer and war memorials just to mention a few. The 2.5 km trail along the banks of the Goulburn River is perfect for a leisurely walk or bike ride with many of the roads through the town providing bike lanes.
The lovely parks and reserves provide public amenities, some with shaded and expansive lawn areas, play equipment for the children, picnic and barbeque facilities; whilst the wide streets provide ample parking for large vehicles, caravans, boats and trailers. The town centre features, cafes, eateries, supermarkets, a variety of retail outlets and fuel. Being a commercial centre for the area, there is a large diversity of shopping and services.
The river is perfect for fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, or just relaxing on the river banks – observing the stunning bird life, Australian wildlife and flora. The river red gums, many of which are huge, line the river banks providing shade and protection – oh, the stories they could tell !… Relish the peace and tranquility as you gently kayak along the river, enjoying the serenity all around.
The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk pays tribute to the many Australians involved in this conflict. The meandering path beautifully surrounded by many, many trees and grasses transports the viewers to another time – another place … A stunning and an apt tribute. The glass wall depicts photos of the war and lists the names of all those involved. An incredible design and so very interesting.
For history buffs, Seymour is steeped in history. Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Natrakboolok People who continued to camp and hold Corroborees on the town site into the 1860’s.
The first white men to explore the area were Hume and Hovell in 1824. Twelve years later, in 1836, Thomas Mitchell’s party passed close by, but somewhat north of the town site. By 1837 Europeans were already arriving with their cattle claiming much of the land in what would become the Seymour shire by 1839. An overland mail route from Melbourne to Sydney was established in 1838. It generally followed Mitchell’s route crossing the Goulburn River at the point to the north, however, in 1839 it was realised that 16 km of the trip could be saved by crossing the river at a site to the south of Mitchell’s route which became known as the “New Crossing Place”. The government of the time regarded the new location as a more promising town site than Mitchellstown. The area was surveyed in 1841, a police paddock was established in that year, and in 1843, Thomas Mitchell named the settlement after British Parliamentarian, Lord Seymour. Town allotments went on sale as early as 1844.
Seymour’s town centre was originally located on Emily Street which formed part of the main road between Melbourne and Sydney. Emily Street became particularly busy during the gold rush days. Today, the historic Royal Hotel (built in 1848), the old Court House (built in 1864 and now the Visitor Information Centre) and the old Post Office (built in 1873 and now an Art Gallery & Restaurant) are reminders of those early pioneering days.
The arrival of the railway in 1872 saw the construction of the Seymour Railway Station in Station Street. The town centre started to develop more in this geographic area and presently still remains the heart of Seymour’s Commercial Centre.
Today, the town boasts an array of boutique shopping and as well as all the standard, large retail outlets. A few hundred metres from the heart of town provides such peace and tranquility along the river or in the many, many beautifully maintained parks, sporting amenities, eateries, etc.
Accommodation seems to be readily found, friendly and not overly cramped and busy.
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