Outback Towns

Kilmore

Kimore is Victoria's oldest inland settled town.

About Kilmore

KILMORE - VICTORIA’S OLDEST INLAND TOWN

Irish migrant William Rutledge named Kilmore, 61km north of Melbourne, after his birthplace in County Cavan in 1841, and within three years it had taken on the look of a town that was there to stay.

By 1844 the town boasted a number of shops including a bootmaker, a smithy, a boarding house and, of course, the obligatory hotel. 

Kilmore was established as the first coach stop on the way to the goldfields of the North-East. Now a comfortable 40 minutes from Melbourne, Kilmore welcomes the visitor with cosy indulgence.

Historic buildings, antiques, wineries and romantic B&B accommodation make Kilmore the ideal weekend getaway from Melbourne, or comfortable stopover or base for travellers to Melbourne. Bluestone buildings line the streets, and many are now open for shoppers of local arts, crafts and antiques. Kilmore is also known as the Celtic Capital and celebrates with the Kilmore Celtic Festival held in June each year.

Kilmore is a major racing and trotting centre with superb entertainment and conference facilities hosting over 30 race meetings each year.

Just south of Kilmore, at Bylands, a group of dedicated volunteers have built a unique museum featuring historic trams.

Kilmore Attractions

Much of that mid 19-century colonial fabric has been preserved, both in commercial buildings and in private homes such as Whitburgh Cottage - a bluestone cottage built for Scotch coachbuilder and blacksmith William Smeaton in 1853.

Only marginally younger is the Kilmore Gaol which received its first unwilling guests in 1857. The building served as a maximum security prison until 1891 when it underwent an extraordinary metamorphosis to become a butter factory and private residence.

Modern Kilmore has virtually become a satellite of Melbourne and is an important racing and trotting centre. Kilmore Pacing Cup is Australia’s richest provincial harness race.

Other Attractions and Facilities in the District

Beveridge Bird World, Historic Cable Tram, Horse Trail Rides, Kilmore Golf Club, Kilmore Historical Buildings, Kilmore Leisure Centre, Kilmore Racing Complex, Old Court House, Old Kilmore Gaol, Victorian Tramway Museum, Whitburg Cottage, Lavender Hill Farm, (Broadford), Ned Kelly's Family House (Beveridge).

Located at the geographical centre of Victoria, Kilmore is accessible via the Hume Freewayand the Northern Highway only one hour from Melbourne.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs