Leongatha South

Leongatha South is a rural locality in South Gippsland. Its centre (a CFA station) on the Bass Highway is 8 km south-east of Leongatha.

Leongatha South was relatively isolated because of swamp lands to the west and the lack of railway communication. Settlement in the late 1880s was hastened by the Great Southern Railway to Leongatha in 1892. Leongatha South’s first school (1893) opened in the local hall, and a proper school building was constructed in 1906. Both the hall and the school were burnt down in 1926, but were replaced.

The school closed in 1992.

Leongatha’s South’s census populations have been:

area census date population
Leongatha’s South 1921 165
  1947 196
  1961 299
Leongatha South and environs 2011 545

At the 2011 census, dairy farming accounted for 17.4% of employment and other farming 13.5%.