Of The Volcanic Hinterland
township of Noorat is situated is situated 4 miles from Terang, at the
base of Mt Noorat, a remnant of volcanic action thousands of years ago;
Mount Noorat is considered Australia’s largest dry volcanic crater - 310
metres above sea level. There is a walking track called the "Alan Marshall
Walking track" which takes you to the directional cairn at the summit,
overlooking the crater. The mount is a source of volcanic scoria that was
used on the early roads, and the volcanic ‘bombs’ can offten be seen laying
where they were thrown at the time of the eruption. Mount Noorat is one
of the cones in the district that gives visitors a good view of other volcanic
cones and craters that this part of Victoria is renowned for.
is noted that Noorat is the birthplace of Alan
author of " I can Jump Puddles " which tells the story of his early
childhood as a crippled child growing up in Noorat and is the site of the
well renowned Genormiston Agricultural College, one of the finest schools
of rural learning in Victoria.
has more examples of Dry
Stone Wall than
any other state in Australia. These fascinating man-made landmarks are
plentiful through-out the Great South West. There is a variety of different
types of walls in the area. So while driving through the Hinterlands of
Terang, Mortlake and Camperdown take a close look at the structures which
were developed by the early Anglo-Celtic immigrants. Each area has special
features which are of cultural and historic significance.
stone walls are typical of many of the dry stone walls with in the district,
approximately 900 mm wide and tapers in to 400mm under the copestones.
The building stone is graded from the largest near the base to smaller
near the top of the wall.The wall consists of two walls of stones tied
together with through stones and copestones, the centre being fitted with
of the buildings and structures of interest within the township of Noorat
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is the avenue of elm’s connecting former Black properties. "Mt Noorat"
and "Dalvui Road".
School Hall was
built in 1912, in the memory of Neil Walter Black who was lost on the "Waratah".
sturdy little Neil
Black Memorial Church
in the township, is one of many in the western area constructed of local
was first operated by Marshal and Niel . The home where Alan Marshall was
Noorat Hotel was
built in 1909.
was erected in 1908, a grand and spacious house, typical of the time.
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