Set in the heart of Latrobe Valley, Morwell is a charismatic country town known for its regional art galleries and dynamic cultural centres. There are also plenty of opportunities to connect with nature, from beautifully-kept gardens to rugged national parks.
Things to do in Morwell
Established in 1970, the Latrobe Regional Gallery houses an impressive collection of contemporary Australian art. Inside you'll find works from iconic artists, such as Jessie Trail, Jan Senbergs and Noel Counihan. Stroll around the sculpture courtyard and admire the touring exhibitions.
For a glimpse at the region's lush ecosystem, head to Morwell National Park. It sits in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges and is laced with scenic nature trails. The family-friendly Fosters Gully Nature Walk is a great introduction to the park, with a chance to spot kangaroos, koalas and over 40 species of native orchids.
One of Australia's most beautiful public parks, the Centenary Rose Garden is home to over 3,500 individual bushes. Its enchanting landscape features blooms from across the globe and is adorned with gazebos, pergolas and wrought iron archways.
For a change of scenery, spend the afternoon in Traralgon, the largest town in Latrobe Valley. It’s flush with sidewalk cafes, farm-to-table restaurants and charming country pubs. It was once a flourishing gold rush town and is dotted with colonial buildings like the Traralgon Post Office.
Getting around Morwell
Morwell is anchored by a walkable downtown district. If you want to explore the rest of the Latrobe Valley, it’s best to rent a car. From Melbourne, the drive takes around two hours, while local trains also run from Flinders Street to Morwell Station.