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Korumburra VIC


Postcode: 3950

Korumburra is a town in in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located on the South Gippsland Highway, 118 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, in the South Gippsland Shire local government area.

Surrounded by rolling green hills, the town is 227 metres above the sea level of neighbouring coastal Inverloch (27km). The population in 1996 was 2739, ranking it as the 67th largest locality in Victoria. The name is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘blow-fly’.

Korumburra is known as the “Heritage Centre of South Gippsland”. It is the home of Coal Creek Heritage Village which depicts life in the area over the period of the 1870s to 1920s, as the town rapidly expanded following the discovery of a coal seam. The outdoor museum covers 30 acres of bushland, including 60 exhibits.

Other town attractions include the Olympic pool (open November-March), two-court basketball stadium, livestock saleyards, art gallery, tourist railway and a very nice 18-hole golf course which is on Warragul-Korumburra Rd. The towns main industries include dairy and beef. Korumburra is home to the world’s largest earthworms. The town is also home to Burra foods which is a dairy company.

In the winter of 2005, Korumburra was blanketed in snow for the first time in almost twenty years. Local residents were seen skiing the tenth fairway at the Korumburra Golf Club, and many were featured on the front page of both The Age and The Herald Sun newspapers.