Murchison is a lovely country town located on the Goulburn River north of the Melbourne CBD in the northern region of Victoria.
If you love visiting historical regional Victoria towns, old bridges and cows then this is your town to visit!! There are so many cow statues dotted along park area known as the Meteorite Park. This adds a fun and colourful feel to the area. The park is across the road from the shopping area. Below the Meteorite Park runs the Goulburn River. Here you will find a lovely walking track.
In 1969 Murchison town was struck by a meteor shower. One assumes this is how the park got its name.
You can walk down steps down to the Goulburn River to grab a great photo of the Murchison Bridge which was built in 1937. The steel bridge which you see today replaced the old timber bridge dating back to 1871!!
The area was originally populated by Ngooraialum Aborigines. Back in 1840 there were approximately 200 aborigines living alongside the river. What a beautiful place they chose to reside. The Europeans came to Murchison in 1836.
The town got its name in 1854 after captain John Murchison.
In 1875 the first paddle steamer made its way along the Goulburn River to Murchison.
We had stayed at the nearby Greens Campground in the Whroo historical area and explored the old gold mining town of Rushworth. Murchison for us was a place to refill our grumbling tummies by grabbing a bite to eat at the bakery on our journey back to Melbourne. We also stretched our legs as we explored the fun, colourful Meteorite Park full of brightly coloured cows. If you have longer then you can explore the other tourist attractions on offer including the rail trail if you’re into cycling.
How Long Would You Spend In Murchison?
Depending on how much you want to explore approximately 1-2hrs.
- 164km from the Melbourne CBD, in northern region of Victoria
- Situated between Seymour and Shepparton
Do you love exploring the regional areas of Victoria and learning about the history of Victoria. If you do we would love to hear about your experiences and adventures.