Camperdown

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Located 2 ½ hours south-west of Melbourne on the Princes Highway and surrounded by Mounts Leura and Sugarloaf and Lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete… Camperdown is the ‘capital’ of Corangamite Shire. It has the largest residential population and is home to many of the areas services, including the municipal offices, saleyards, hospital, schools and train station.

Settlement of the Camperdown area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for grazing. Growth was minimal until the 1850s and 1860s, spurred by the gold rush and the establishment of the township. Expansion continued from the 1880s into the early 1900s, aided by the construction of the railway line. Significant development occurred in the early post-war period, followed by a period of relatively stability. Camperdown has developed as the largest town in Corangamite Shire. The population has been relatively stable since the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Much of the rural area is used for dairy farming and sheep grazing.

Major Features:
Mount Leura, Mount Sugarloaf, Botanic Gardens, Historic Clocktower, Lake Purrumbete, Lake Bullen Merri, Lake Gnotuk, Camperdown-Timboon Rail Trail, Theatre Royal, Heritage Centre, Benedictine Abbey, Wombeech Puyuun Reconciliation Park, Camperdown outdoor swimming pool, Golf Course, Historic Courthouse, Finlay Avenue.

Activities:
Fishing, recreational boating, cycling, golf, equestrian, swimming, movies and live performances at the Theatre Royal.

Services:
Camperdown P-12 College, Mercy Regional College, South West Healthcare (Camperdown Campus), Camperdown Saleyards, regular rail and bus service, Information Centre.