Nestled in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, Leongatha is the key commercial centre for South Gippsland offering a range of retail and recreational opportunities, education and medical facilities. It is also idyllically positioned as a gateway to Gippsland destinations and attractions.
Leongatha was originally known as Koorooman and was first settled in 1845 on a cleared area of land on the western edge of the Strzelecki Ranges. The area was renamed Leongatha in 1891 when a township was established on the arrival of the railway. The town's historic railway station can be seen from the trail at Horticultural Park. The original Mechanics Institute (1912) serves as a local history museum while the Memorial Hall (1925) houses a gallery showcasing local art and craft. It also hosts several renowned floral events each year including the Leongatha Horticultural Society's Daffodil Show and Rose Spectacular.
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