The charming sub-alpine town of Mansfield offers an abundance of wide streets, historic buildings and scenic locations to please every film maker. Situated on Fords Creek in a valley surrounded by the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Mansfield's beautiful scenery has attracted films including the Man From Snowy River, The Far Country and Cool Change that all utilized the vibrant enclave and its access to the high country.


Prior to European settlement the area is thought to have been occupied by the Taungurung clan Aborigines. Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell passed through the area. In the late 1830s the Hunter and Watson Pastoral Company leased vast amounts of the Mansfield Valley and their employees were probably the first Europeans in the area. The first run was established in 1839. The run was subdivided into seven smaller stations in 1842. The father of Dame Nellie Melba established a lime quarry on one of these allotments.

Mansfield began in 1846 as a designated stock route camp. The townsite was surveyed and lots sold in 1851. The breadth of the main street was to enable bullock teams to do U-turns. The settlement was named after early European settler Edward Mansfield and developed as a commercial centre for the many small goldmining settlements established to the south in the 1850s.

After the initial rush Mansfield settled down to become a service centre to a grazing, farming and timbergetting community. One of the timbergetters who worked in the area for two or three years, following his release from prison in 1874, was Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious bushranger and perhaps its best-known figure.

Places of interest

Mansfield Zoo (privately owned)
Howqua River
Howqua Hills Historic Area
Jamieson Brewery
Lake Eildon
Lake Nillahcootie
Highton Manor
Mt Samaria State Park


For more information or to book accommodation contact the friendly staff at the Mansfield-Mt Buller The High Country Visitor Information Centre, High Street Mansfield.

Telephone: 03 5775 1464


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Town statistics

Population 2,500
Distance from Melbourne 200 kilometres, 125 miles) and 2.5 hours driving time
Road access Maroondah Highway

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