Towns in Australia

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Porepunkah VIC


Postcode: 3740

Porepunkah is a town in north east Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Great Alpine Road, at the foot of Mount Buffalo 320 kilometres north east of the state capital, Melbourne and only 5 kilometres north west of Bright.

Part of Alpine Shire Local government area and situated on the banks of the Ovens River, Porepunkah has a population of approximately 500. The town is named for the Hindi word for “gentle breeze”.

European settlement began in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until the discovery of gold in the 1850s that development of the town took place.

Porepunkah is a leading gateway to the Victorian skifields. The Murray to the Mountains rail trail, a popular cycling and hiking path built in a disused railway corridor, passes through Porepunkah.