DARTMOOR

Dartmoor, when heading west to Mount Gambier is the last town in Victoria before entering South Australia. Travelers should be aware there are quarantine obligations when crossing the border to SA.

Dartmoor has become, quite rightly, famous for the ‘tree stump’ wood sculptures. These sculptures are amazing. So much so that soon these tree stump works will become iconic in stature. The sculptures are all WW 1 symbols carved (with a chain saw) in the stumps/wood.

Before the township was established the location was known as Woodford Inn. The township was settled in the late 1850s a Post Office opening on 1 April 1860. Reasons for the name change are not readily known. The main industry in the area is the processing of timber from the extensive pine plantations.

Dartmoor, although a very small town, has three main denomination churches. The Catholic entry into the township is of recent times.

The Dartmoor Hotel is a modern building/ tavern but does include a motel.

The Dartmoor Museum (yes there is a museum) is near the rail bridge.

The Dartmoor formal War Memorial is acknowledged on the school gates.

The traveler would most likely not take the short diversion to visit this small town. That will be a profound mistake. There is a strong case to time your visit for the evening when the sculptures, looking west, will look their best.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course