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Town History

Woodend was first surveyed in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell, who opened it up for settlement. When gold was discovered in the area (towards Bendigo and Ballarat), Woodend became the main thoroughfare through the Black Forest, and accommodated many gold-diggers and their families.
The oldest church in Woodend is the Anglican Church of St Mary’s, a Gothic bluestone building constructed in 1864. The church’s stained glass windows were produced by William Montgomery (1850-1927), former president of the Victorian Artists Society.
The events and news of the town are published in the town’s community newsletter, The New Woodend Star, which publishes free archival copies of the newsletter online for reference.

General Knowledge

Woodend is a small town located about halfway between the cities of Melbourne and Bendigo in country Victoria, Australia. Located in the heart of the central highlands tourist area, the village is part of the Macedon Ranges Shire and is bypassed to the east and north by the Calder Freeway.
Woodend had a population of 5,806 as of the 2016 census. ABS
Elevation: 623 m
Postal code: 3442
Location: 71 km (44 mi) NW of Melbourne; 79 km (49 mi) SE of Bendigo; 41 km (25 mi) SE of Daylesford
Woodend is close to attractions such as Mt Macedon and Hanging Rock which is located at nearby Newham. The area is also well-known for its local wineries, stunning open and numerous waterfalls. The wider district supports a large horse-racing community and features a variety of bushwalking tracks. Woodend’s location in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range means that, unlike most of Australia, snowfalls are not uncommon. The Woodend Winter Arts Festival, held on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June, is an event where artisans from around Australia gather to perform.
Woodend Children’s Park in the centre of the town provides a meeting place for young and old, locals and visitors: A place for families to explore, play and enjoy .
The largest sporting group in the town is the Woodend Junior Football Club which incorporates 190 players, from 130 families, playing in 8 junior teams ranging from Under 9’s to Under 16’s.
There are several mountain bike tracks near Woodend located in the Wombat State Forest and also on Mount Macedon. The local Wombat MTB Club maintains the tracks in the area and arranges various events and bike tours.
Golfers play at the Woodend Golf Club located on Davy Street. The Woodend tennis club on Earnshaw St has 6 plexipave courts and it’s vibrant, progressive and rapidly growing membership has become a social hub for the local community.
A local Woodend Information Website is also available called Woodend Village News. It displays local events/news and incorporates a local weather page, showing historical weather information including UV intensity, wind speed/direction, rainfall, and maximum and minimum temperatures.
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