Dargo is Victoria’s most remote town, set in the foothills of the Dargo High Plains. The town of Dargo, with a population of approximately 150, is the gateway point for the Alpine National Park, Avon Wilderness Park, and Mitchell River National Park. The town is located 100 kilometres north of Sale and 348 kilometres east of Melbourne in the East Gippsland Region.
Dargo has many first-rate 4WD touring roads for a bit of off-road action. Rafting, fishing, and canoeing are popular in the area. Trout and Redfin are caught in the rivers of the high country near Dargo. The Dargo River flows just behind the township while you will cross the Wonnangatta River on the road approaching Dargo.
Catch a trout in Dargo
It is an amazing place to go fishing with mountains and wilderness surrounding you from all angles. The area is also a known destination for horse riding, bushwalking, and hiking. And the hunting of samba deer that inhabit the area. Wonnangatta Station located nearby was once Victoria’s most remote cattle station and can be visited by 4WD.
Dargo is known for its groves of century-old walnut trees that line the valley floor, and at one stage used to hold a very popular wall nut festival. These days the most popular site is the local pub. The Dargo Hotel is known to attract top country acts from Australia to the little town to put on concerts in the high country. Acts have included Lee Kernighan and Adam Brand. The Dargo Hotel was established in 1898 and is open 7 days a week. The Hotel offers indoor and outdoor dining.TAs expected in Australia bar serves ice cold beer and a high country favourite Bundaberg Rum on tap. I am sure they can even rustle up some wine!
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Gold mining history in Dargo
Gold played a big part in Dargo’s history A mini gold rush was experienced in the mid-1800s, the town was a place of rest for many weary prospectors who had made their way into the high country seeking their fortune. Supply shops sprang up to equip miners on their way to the Grant, Talbotville and Crooked River goldfields nearby. These days there is one shop a General Store, The Pub, The Mill Tavern and the town hall on the main road through town. There is a BBQ area with a tennis court and playground for you to have a break and a snag in bread. I mean whats more Australian than a snag in bread!
It’s a great place to go for a drive, BBQ facilities and kids playground are located near the town hall and drop into the pub for a cold beer. There are plenty of free camping spots located close to the town and by the nearby rivers. Some camping spots are designated areas with toilets and fire pits.
If you are heading back towards Melbourne after your Dargo trip call in at Briagolong and visit the Pub there. It is another wooden gem that dates back to the last century when it first opened its door in the 1880″s.
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