Leongatha is a town in the foothills of
the Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland Shire, Victoria, Australia,
located 135 kilometres (84 mi) south-east of Melbourne. The town is the
civic, commercial, industrial, religious, educational and sporting
centre of the region. The Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited, is a
farmers' co-operative which trades in Australia under the Devondale
label, and has a dairy processing plant just north of the town producing
milk-based products for Australian and overseas markets.
railway line from Melbourne reached the town in 1891, and stimulated
further settlement. Regular V/Line passenger operations on the line to
the local railway station ceased in 1993.
• The South Gippsland Railway runs historical
diesel locomotives and railcars between Nyora and Leongatha, passing
• The railway line from Leongatha to Foster has been converted into the Great Southern Rail Trail, for the shared use of horse riding, walking and cycling.
The Great Southern
Rail Trail is in the process of procuring finance to extend the trail as
far as Yarram. At the present time the Wellington Shire have financed
the first portion of the trail from Yarram to Alberton with the present
Committee of Management intending to manage that portion in the
foreseeable future. The Rail Trail commences at the end of Parr Street
with a car park planned for the future to assist with access to the
trail in the future. Walkers can access the trail from the children's
park next to the old rail bridge in Leongatha at the end of Bair Street.
a rural Australian town, Leongatha has an unusually wide range of
sports including: athletics, basketball, badminton, cricket, croquet,
cycling (BMX, road and track), equestrian, football (Australian rules,
association and indoor soccer), golf, gymnastics, hockey (field and
underwater), lawn bowls, martial arts (karate and taekwondo), netball,
shooting, skateboarding, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis,
tennis, and volleyball (indoor and beach). The town's Australian Rules
football club, the Leongatha Football Club ("The Parrots"), competes in
the Gippsland Football League. Golfers play at the course of the
Leongatha Golf Club on Inverloch-Koonwarra Road, Leongatha South, or at
the course of the Woorayl Golf Club at the Recreation Reserve.
Community services include CFA, SES, Police, ambulance. Other community organisations include Scouts (cubs, scouts, venturers and rovers), Girl Guides, and Salvation Army Youth Corps. The town also boasts a large YMCA complex (including pool, gym and basketball courts) plus a four theatre complex.