Though 102 km east of Melbourne, Warragul’s growth has always been closely tied to the state capital. The railway link in 1878 saw the township thrive, with its sawmills supplying Melbourne with wood for building. Dairying soon followed, and remains the region’s most important export, with higher yields than to be had in many other parts of Australia. One and a half hours to Melbourne by train, it is beyond comfortable commuting distance, so its population continues to grow modestly.


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