Description

Avoca is a town in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia, 71 kilometres (44 mi) north-west of Ballarat. It is one of two main towns in the Pyrenees Shire, the other being Beaufort to the south. The town stands in the gently undulating basin of the Avoca River, which rises in the Pyrenees Ranges to the west. To the south, the region is bounded by low hills of the Great Dividing Range; eastwards, the basin ends in a dry forested rise; to the north, the Avoca River runs slowly through the plains of the Wimmera before joining Lake Bael Bael and the lake and swamps just south of the Murray. The town and river were named after Avoca, the village and River Avoca in County Wicklow, Ireland. The region takes in an area of about 200 square kilometres (77 sq mi) and includes the towns of Redbank, Natte Yallock, Rathscar, Bung Bong, Lamplough, Amphitheatre, Percydale, Moonambel, and Warrenmang. A few miles to the northeast, bare paddocks mark the site of Homebush, once a flourishing mining village. Avoca has many small businesses servicing the local community including 2 pubs, several cafes, a chemist, convenience store, a butcher, a supermarket, its own newspaper (Pyrenees Advocate) and a community bank. Since the 1970s, the wine industry has grown to be one of the most significant economic drivers and the sector is now the largest employer in the region and has increased tourism.

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  • Elevation: 242 m (794 ft)
  • Population: 1,193
  • State electorate(s): Ripon
  • Federal Division(s): Mallee
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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