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Blackwood is a township in Victoria, Australia. The township is located on the Lerderderg River, 89 kilometres north west of the state capital, Melbourne. Situated in The Wombat State Forest. Blackwood is in the Shire of Moorabool local government area and had a population of 295 at the 2016 census.
The town currently consists of a pub (which ceased operation on 16 August 2019, after trading more than 150 years), a coffee roasting company & cafe, a post office / takeaway store, an antique market store (open by chance), a design studio, various holiday cottages, a holiday park, mineral spring, bed and breakfast accommodation, various wholesale plant nurseries and The Garden of St Erth.
The township was founded in 1855 during the Victorian gold rush and shortly after had a population of around 13,000. The Post Office opened on 22 September 1855 at what is today known as “Blackwood House” and was known as Mount Blackwood post office until 1921.Attractions for tourists and visitors include outdoor activities: bushwalking, 4WD and camping in the Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest. The Coffee Roaster, Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Mineral Springs, Holiday Park, Greenhills nursery, Frogmoore gardens, Blackwood Hat Shop, miners' cottages from the 1860s and Mount Blackwood. Mount Blackwood, a short drive away is an extinct volcano offering panoramic views of the surrounding area on clear days. The remnants of Wheeler's Tramway, a former Blackwood sawmill tramway in the Wombat State Forest, are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for their archaeological significance.The annual Easter Carnival & wood chop, is an important annual event, attracting mostly locals and those that have a family connection to the settlement; but no longer live locally.
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