Tatong Heritage for Visitors
Please! Take all your rubbish away with
"Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints." -
1786-1866, Chief of the Suquamish
Welcome to Tatong!
The town is located 28km SE of Benalla, Victoria, on bitumen
road. Or about 43 km NW of Tolmie on a windy gravel road. (See
The police station, store, post office, and the
butchers are all now closed, and sadly the school is also being closed, despite
desperate local efforts.
However the Tatong Tavern
is still open and going strong.
The Tatong Heritage Group has placed a Heritage
Information Booth near the Tatong Hall & the junction of Tiger Hill road and the
To Download a Self-Drive
map, right-click on this link, & choose "Save Target As".
This is a 65kb .PDF
Note: NextG phone
coverage is poor or non-existent in the Tatong District.
This is Inconvenient; especially in
the event of a bushfire.
However, Telstra Country Wide says they cannot justify
installing a tower just because of safety concerns... and they won't put one up
so people can communicate either...
Things to see and do in the Tatong
* Hume & Hovell Monument
(S36 47.138 E146 08.346)
Drive 7 South East of Tatong - an easy and beautiful
cycling distance (but watch out for log trucks)
2 km beyond is Dodds Bridge, and on the Tolmie side is a picnic
Unfortunately, due to litter left there, the table has been taken away. We
are hoping to have it brought back.
* St Patrick's Church
Is now privately owned and on private land. Kevin would be delighted to show you
round the church; ring 03 5767 2309, or check the
Riverview web site. Occasional services do still take place in
* Tour the Rail Signs
The Benalla to Tatong Railway line was opened on 30th June 1914, and was
officially closed on 1st July 1947.
This line was 18¼ miles long (approximately 25 km), and broad gauge.
There were four 'stations', Karn, Lima, Mallum and Tatong; but only Lima &
Tatong had station buildings.
Tatong also had a 53' turntable.
The line was served, in the early years, by a mixed goods and passenger train
pulled by a 'D' class locomotive.
It carried sawn timber, live stock and produce, as well as passengers.
By the start of the 21st century, the
rail line was all but forgotten. The road leaving Tatong for Swanpool starts off
along what was once the rail embankment. The sleepers and rails are long gone,
the bridges burnt and fallen down, and the embankment runs through private land.
The station buildings have long since been dismantled.
However, the Tatong Heritage Group, with the farmers
who own the land where the stations once were, have erected signs in the original style to mark the sites.
The signs can be seen from the road,
and by using the Self-Drive Map you may find them: down Karn lane, along Castle Hill road,
on the Samaria road and on the Tatong-Swanpool road.
The Tatong Station site is now 1 km West of Tatong itself (the town shifted),
and on most
days you can revive yourself at the
Tavern before your return trip.
(See "Launch of the Tatong Railway
Precinct" on the
Please do not try to get onto private land.
Any activity is to be undertaken at your own
We make these suggestions leaving it to your own responsibility as to
where you go, and what you do.
We hope find you much to please and interest you in the Tatong area.
Contact us via
tatongheritage at yahoo.com.au
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