Things To See & Do

Apsley Country Style Market

 

The Apsley Market is held the last Sunday of the month at the Town Hall from 10am until 2pm

 

There is always a range of products, food, art and craft, plants, fresh fruit and vegetables and much more.

 

If you are interested in booking a stall please

 

Phone: 03 5586 1310 or 03 5586 1211 

 

 


 

 

 

Apsley's Federation Corner & Information Bay

 

 

Federation Corner and Information Bay was erected in 2001 to celebrate the Centenary of the Federation of Australia.

 

It is a good starting point for Apsley's Historic Walk, to re-live the history of a former thriving community, since it was first established in the 1840's.

 

It is also the starting point for the Newlands Nature Walk on an easy all weather track linking the township of Apsley to the picturesque Newlands Lake.

 

Meandering through 258 hectares of natural unspoilt bushland, the 5km walk (or shorter version if you choose) takes you into the amazing stands of stringy barks, banksias and rare orchids of the reserve. Surrounded by beautiful red gums, wetlands, flora and fauna all still found in their natural environments.

 

If bush walking is your passion, Newlands Nature Walking Track is the one for you!

 

www.walkingmaps.com.au

 

 

 


 

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The Bullock Teams were a common sight at Apsley in the 1800's.

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The Finishing Post & Race Horse

 

The Finishing Post erected in the Lions Park opposite the Post Office stands where the Finishing Post was situated for the first Apsley Race Club Races in 1855. Complementing it is the race horse with jockey astride.

 

 

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Little Willow Farm Sculptures

 

Look out for the Little Willow Farm Sculptures in the paddocks 15km north of Apsley on the Bringalbert Road.

 

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Apsley Lions Park

 

The Apsley Lions Park is located in the centre of town.

 

It has a children's playground, free BBQ, undercover picnic tables and clean toilet facilities.

 

Lush lawn and shady trees is a feature of the park.

 

 

 


 

Lake Bringalbert

 

CAMP, SWIM, SKI, FISH, CANOE.

 

On the banks of Lake Bringalbert, set amongst the West Wimmera redgums, is an idealic spot to spend a day or two or more.

 

There's free camping for tents or caravans on very private sites spread around part of the lake. There's also an enviro toilet for public use. 

 

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Spring at the Wetlands.

Jimmy Tarpot Memorial

 

Aboriginal Cricketer Murrumgunerrimin or known locally as Jimmy Tarpot.

 

Jimmy Tarpot was only a young boy when he was left behind by his people after an altercation with Mr Hugh McLeod?s stockmen on Benayeo Station. Mr McLeod saw that he was reared and educated alongside the station children. (Source: Benayeo on the Border Local History, Mr Bill Chittleborough). 

 

From the time of settlement cricket seemed to be a social part of station life and it was young Tom Hamilton of Bringalbert Station near Apsley, in 1864, a good humoured sports lover with a great deal of affection for the local aboriginal station workers, who first recognised their natural sporting ability and began tutoring them in the art of batting, bowling and the fundamentals of cricket, Jimmy Tarpot was one with natural ability.

 

On Boxing Day 1866 he thrilled the crowd at the MCG, with the unusual feat of running 100 yards backwards in 14 seconds.

 

Although Tarpot played with the Aboriginal cricketers and was selected in "The First Eleven", an Aboriginal team to tour England in 1868, he did not go. The newspapers of the day reported that ?the recently married Jimmy Tarpot is reported to have left the ship prior to its departure due to ill health and returned home?. The press report went on to say, ?The team were robbed of a great drawcard on the tour?.

 

Jimmy and his wife Jenny lived at Apsley for some time and he became a highly respected and much sort after Wool Classer in the Apsley District, employed by the local station owners and settlers, season after season he classed wool at the large Wool Store owned by W T Hoare in Apsley.

 

William Ruth in his award winning Essay in the Victorian Centenary Essay competition in 1951 ?The Romance of a Selection Victoria?s Western Border Country 1850 - 1950? states "It sometimes happened, during Tarpot's temporary absence from the shed, that one of his workmates would remove a fleece from one of the bins and replace it with a similar one of only slightly lesser quality. Jimmy was never 'taken in'; one glace was sufficient for him to detect the attempt deception, and without comment he would quietly restore the fleeces to their original places".

 

A memorial site recognising his connection to Apsley is located inside the cemetery gates.

 

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Apsley's Flowering Gum ~ Eucalyptus Ficifolia

 

Reportedly the largest Flowering Gum in the Southern Hemisphere is here in Apsley.

 

It cannot be missed as you drive along the highway towards Edenhope, just after the Border Inn.

 

 

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Apsley's Eucalyptus Ficifolia

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Apsley's Historical Walk

The people of Apsley and District in conjunction with the Apsley Lions Club established this walk and Information Bay in the year 2001 to commemorate 100 years of Federation.

  1. THE STORE - Apsley's main store serviced the community for almost 100 years.
  2. THE BORDER INN - Many a weary traveller rested here. On race days the hotel stayed open all night long.
  3. RACE COURSE - Such jockeys as Adam Lindsay Gordon and James Scobie thrilled the crowds riding thoroughbreds down the straight.
  4. COACH SERVICES - This was a bustling spot when the tired traveller alighted from a long overland journey.
  5. THE POST OFFICE - News of home or business decisions, whatever the news, this was the way residents communicated
  6. SCHOOLS - For the children of the new settlers education was a high priority.
  7. TOWN HALL - Where the community gathered for every important event.
  8. THE BAKERY - Another gathering spot for the residents of Apsley as they came to buy 'their daily bread'.
  9. CHURCH OF ENGLAND - The congregation looked resplendent in their Sunday best as they worshipped each week.

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