Category Archives: Morwell

The Latrobe Valley at Christmas

The Latrobe Valley Christmas is a summer Christmas. We ironically sing, play and listen to songs about the snow glistening and sleigh bells ringing… That doesn’t happen here. The things that tell us Christmas is drawing near is freshly cut grass scenting the air, the native plants, and other fragrant plants blooming and wafting along the warm lazy breeze.

Instead of Sleigh bells the whoop-whoop of local CFA trucks sirens herald the handing out lollies, and bike bells ringing with kids flying past. Laughter and happy voices are heard passing by. The local councils start putting up Christmas Decorations in the main street, while businesses fill their shop windows with Christmas Spirit. Houses start lighting up with Christmas lights.

The hum of lawn mowers is constant during the extend daylight hours. Counting down the days until Father Christmas arrives. Gifts of chocolate are bought at the last-minute or on the cooler days, or we take the esky to do our shop.

In the Latrobe Valley we’ll all celebrate the day differently, some families will head to the beach, eating sliced fruit and cold meats. While others will take to the bush and camp the week starting just before Christmas getting home just after New Years, they’ll eat BBQ, and bask in the serenity near a river and spend the time fishing or Four Wheel Driving or reading – both families will probably play some form of cricket. We have Lake Narracan that is a beautiful spot to camp and enjoy the weather, swimming or boating, or just walking and exploring. There is also Hazelwood Pondage which is warm all year round, in case you get a freak cool Christmas.

There are other families who do the full three course Christmas Dinner that you’d find in European homes. Despite the heat and effort, they’ll do it year after year. Some people will volunteer their time to put on dinners for the less fortunate in our communities, while others will be stuck watching corny Christmas movies alone. A few of our communities put on Christmas Carols, there are tons of markets coming into Christmas, there aren’t as many school Christmas plays anymore.

In 2006, while bush fires threatened Mount Baw Baw, Santa provided relief and sprinkled us with cooler weather and even snow in some places that provided much-needed relief to crews fighting fires who were away from home. The families who enjoy woolen jumper competitions and full roast dinners with Plum Pudding didn’t seem so silly that year as snow did fall.

Asking around what people find tells them Christmas is coming they mostly said advertising and marketing everywhere, but bursting out of their mail boxes. Others said they didn’t look forward to Christmas as Krumpus (is the anti-Santa) shows up every year, they find Krumpus usually disguises himself as a rello of some kind.

Gippsland buzzes as Christmas approaches and the Latrobe Valley is no different. We have so many vibrant communities, with so many things to do.

If you haven’t visited us before at Christmas, visit us. Alternatively, come home for Christmas.

Will you be home for Christmas - the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

Will you be home for Christmas – the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

The Latrobe Valley has a great many things to offer for those wanting a country Christmas with access to city perks.

Festivals

Yallourn North Christmas Festival is running from the 1st of December until the 12th of December 2015.

Yallourn North Christmas Festival

As part of this Haunted Hills Tours is running a Christmas Light and History Tour – on the 10th of December 2015 at 9pm.

Yallourn North Christmas Tour 2015

Shopping

Moe has a great shopping district with ample parking, for you to shop, sit in the sun soak up the atmosphere, and cafes to eat anything your heart desires from fish and chips, restaurants, bakeries and more.

We have two major shopping centres in the Latrobe Valley.

You can buy gift cards for Haunted Hills Tours.

gift certificate, gift voucher,

Things to do

We’re running many tours over summer, and the Christmas period. We also take group bookings of six or more.

Summer schedule (2)

There are lots of houses dressed up for Christmas, the Latrobe Valley Express has an article on how to best photograph them. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/2755067/how-to-take-the-best-christmas-lights-photos/?cs=24

Christmas in the Latrobe Valley

Winter Night Festival Morwell

This is the 2015 logo for the Winter Festival - original source (http://www.latrobevalleyfestival.com/winter-night-festival-2015/)

This is the 2015 logo for the Winter Festival – original source (http://www.latrobevalleyfestival.com/winter-night-festival-2015/)

The 2014 Winter Festival original source (http://blog.outr.org/2014/05/reactivate-latrobe-valley-winter-night.html)

The 2014 Winter Festival original source (http://blog.outr.org/2014/05/reactivate-latrobe-valley-winter-night.html)The Winter Festival in Morwell has been running for two years. It is a wonderful family event, show casing the best of the creative side that we don’t celebrate as much as we probably should. There were so many creative acts.

This is a fantastic festival that showcases the artistic and musical talent the Latrobe Valley and Morwell have to offer. There is also the regular stalls for the local markets that occur, such as cupcakes, candles, food, and other items. Some of the local shops were open and it was really nice to escape into the warmth of the shops. There are a few gems in Morwell. I was really taken by the Art House, that sells local art, bric a brac, antique stuff, and awesome stockings.

The Latrobe Valley Art Gallery participated with a fifties theme, musician and 5 galleries full of different art installations. The community art gallery was fantastic, and showcased 35 paintings.

The Gippsland Acoustic Music Performers, blasted rock’n’roll from a trailer. There were so many musical performers, I missed some of the names. There was a wall of sound and the town lit up all very pretty.

While all the light shows were really good, I loved the light show at the Masonic Hall, by Dan Clancy and Eliosa Tripod. Dan controls the laptop and Eloisa puts on a show and the building reacts. It was really great they even had a third performer who I photographed on the building.

These photos were taken by me at the winter festival run by ReActivate, on the 19.06.15

And there are awesome shops.

And there are awesome shops.

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Amber Lounge Morwell is a beautiful function/nightspot in Morwell.

Amber Lounge Morwell is a beautiful function/nightspot in Morwell.

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Masonic Hall light show and performance

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Eloisa (an actual corporeal form, due to low lighting I had a slow shutter speed and Eloisa was moving quickly)

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Soularity light show diversity

Soularity light show diversity

Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose

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I missed these guys name, but they were singing - Long way to the top - it was brilliant.

I missed these guys name, but they were singing – Long way to the top – it was brilliant.

Adina Crafts - Artist

Adina Crafts – Artist

Adina Crafts - Artist

Adina Crafts – Artist

Lighted - Our World

Lighted – Our World

These artists were so creative

These artists were so creative

The youth of many nations art pieces

The youth of many nations art pieces

The youth of our area

The youth of our area

This is a display from Gippslands multicultural youth, heaps of talent.

This is a display from Gippslands multicultural youth, heaps of talent.

Commercial Road Morwell

Commercial Road Morwell

Morwell bus station

Morwell bus station

gum tree in Morwell

gum tree in Morwell

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Art House Retro Vintage

Art House
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Vintage

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A brief history of Morwell

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Morwell (Morewell) is a version of the local Aboriginal words – More willie meaning Woolly Possum. This was orginally the name of a homestead built on the side of the Morwell River in the 1840s.

The shire of Morwell was established in 1892. In a great geographical position. Stephen M. Legg for the Morwell Centenary in 1992 wrote a book called the Heart of the Valley. In it he writes about the natural beauty surrounding Morwell. “Three imposing features provide the natural setting for the 650 square kilometre Morwell Shire – the Eastern Highlands which for the backbone of the country to the north, the Strzelecki Ranges that rise to the south and west and the Gippsland Basin which lies between them. These three landscape elements form a natural ampitheatre in the west, with ramparts surrounding the easterly flowing Latrobe River and it’s tributaries on three sides.” 

The pioneers McMillan found Morwell in 1840. Set up as a changing station for the horses or stage coaches on the way to Sale before the train line was put in 1870s. Farmers came in droves, clearing land planting crops. It was also called “Morewell” spelt like that.

Coal was found all over the valley and many companies emerged between 1886 and 1894. Coal was a very expensive venture and didn’t take off until the Victorian Government bought up all the coal licences in 1916. This move was prompted in part due to coal miners strikes in Newcastle (NSW).

Gold was found in the Morwell River, but not enough for commercial viability.

Morwell’s location makes it a great place with accessibility to the snow, beach and bush. Morwell used to have a butter factory, cordial factory, oil factory and gas production.