Elmhurst

Overview

First settled in 1840, Elmhurst is situated midway between Ararat and Avoca and provides access to Mt Cole State Forest along established driving and walking tracks. It is also a short distance from Mt Langi Ghiran Vineyard, Buangor and the wineries of the Pyrenees region.

Elmhurst Recreation Reserve has a picturesque picnic area with an electric BBQ and tables and chairs. The garden area is maintained by the Elmhurst CWA as a memorial to past members.

Elmhurst and District Community Development Group

Amanda Harrison
Telephone: 03 5354 8344
Email: atharrison@bigpond.com

Anna Greene
Telephone: 03 5354 8464
Email: sagreene@bigpond.com

Address for all
C/- Elmhurst Post Office Elmhurst 3469

History

Elmhurst is situated at the centre of a diverse agricultural region on the upper reaches of the Wimmera River, bounded by the Pyrenees Ranges and the  southern end of the Great Dividing Range. The rural township of Elmhurst,  with a population of approx 400, lies on the Pyrenees Highway approximately 35 kilometres east of Ararat and 30 kilometres west of Avoca.

Much of the hilly section of the Wimmera River near Elmhurst is covered with eucalypts, with open woodland and grassland on the drier areas.

Major Thomas Mitchell led the first group of Europeans through the Wimmera region in 1836. Graziers settled in the Wimmera over the next few decades, encouraged by Mitchell's highly favourable report on the area's suitability for stocking sheep and cattle.

Farms on the Wimmera River commonly combine cropping and livestock, producing wool, prime lambs, beef, grains, legumes and wine grapes.

The Wimmera River is the largest permanent waterway in Victoria's  northwest, draining a basin of more than 4000 square kilometres. The Wimmera River does not flow to the ocean, ending instead in a series of landlocked lakes.