Towns in Australia

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Rochester VIC


Postcode: 3561

Rochester is a small town in country Victoria, Australia. It is located 180km north of Melbourne with a mixture of rural and semi-rural communities on the northern Campaspe River, between Bendigo and the Murray River port of Echuca. At the 2001 census, Rochester had a population of 2,620.

It has a co-educational public Secondary College with 470 pupils in 2004.

The town is famous as the birthplace in 1904 of Australian racing and endurance cyclist, Sir Hubert Opperman, affectionately known as Oppy.

Agriculture plays an important part in the economy of Rochester. Primary agriculture includes dairy, tomato , cattle and sheep farms. There are also some grain and seed farms.

Spare time in Rochester often revolves around sport, with tennis, cricket, hockey, basketball, Australian rules football, netball, lawn bowls, cycling and swimming all well supported.