Escape to Meeniyan
Head down the South Gippsland Highway to reach the pretty town of Meeniyan. It is located approximately 135km south-east of Melbourne. The median strip lined and shaded by mature trees is the home of the war memorial, drinking fountain and picnic tables with connecting footpaths and flower beds.
The town slogan “the turning point” provides reference to the fact that at Meeniyan you can choose to travel along the highway to Foster or turn off to explore Fish Creek and Wilsons Promontory. Celebrated as the music capital of South Gippsland, this vibrant village is also rolling in culinary delights.
Meeniyan has justifiably earnt its reputation as the music capital of South Gippsland attracting a vast and eclectic array of Australian and international music acts. Meeniyan was the filming location for the popular ABC1 mini series, ‘Bed of Roses’.
The Great Southern Railway
Meeniyan was originally established as a train station on the South Gippsland railway line in the late 1890s and operated until 1991 when the line to Barry Beach servicing the oil fields in Bass Strait was closed. The station has now been transformed into the spectacular Great Southern Rail Trail, winding 72km through Gippsland as it connects the towns from Leongatha to Port Welshpool. The line was officially opened on the 13 January 1892. A new rail trail bridge has been constructed in front of the old railway bridge.
Sink your teeth into Gippsland's outstanding local produce and pick up edible souvenirs for friends and family. Sample products and produce with a distinctly Gippsland bent at The Meeniyan Store or visit Meeniyan Pantry & Cellar for a huge range of premium wines and imported deli items.
Local restaurants Moos at Meeniyan and Trulli Woodfired Pizzeria raise the bar for local dining, while Pandesal Bakery specialises in artisanal sourdough loaves ideal for a lazy Sunday breakfast.
Garlic and nighttime revelry
The fertile soils surrounding Meeniyan are home to a community of premium garlic growers and each year in February Meeniyan explodes in a celebration of all things garlic – garlic beer, garlic ice cream and other intriguing delicacies.
During the summer months, stallholders, wine makers, musicians and foodies take over town for the Meeniyan Square night markets. Arrive on Friday afternoon and stay for an evening of diverse food, wine and live music.
Live music and performance art find a happy home at the Meeniyan Town Hall. Get in quick to see some of the best Australian and international acts brought to you by the Lyrebird Arts Council.
Meeniyan - Town Facilities
- Supermarket (Open 7 days - 7am-9pm)
- Post Office
- Free WiFi in the town
- Dump Point - Meeniyan Recreation Reserve
- Long Vehicle Parking, Available parking along Thompkins Rd
Meeniyan - Activities and Attractions
- View an array of artwork at the Meeniyan Art Gallery
- Walk or ride the Great Southern Rail Trail
- Enjoy a day out at the Stony Creek Racing Club
- Race family and friends at Stony Creek Go-Karts
- Midweek Market held on the 3rd Thursday of the month
The Gun of Meeniyan
The gun was decommissioned in New Guinea and sent to Qld. It was then sent to Korumburra where the C.M.F. transported it to Meeniyan in the mid 1970’s. The flowering gums were planted in 1919 by school children, one of them being Frank Hanily.
The memorial was erected by the R.S.L.. The council maintains the gardens. The trees in the centre median strip consist mainly of gums, dutch elms and ash trees.