Mansfield is a medium size town that is the gateway to Mount Buller. The town is on a spur and the traveler will be on an ‘in and out’ trip to visit. Mansfield is reliant on the ski season and outside of that period is quiet. Mansfield is a typical Victorian town but is also unremarkable. In short not worth any sort of extra effort to visit. That said there are some aspects of Mansfield that are pleasing.
Mansfield was formerly heavily dependent on farming and logging, but is now a tourist-centre. It is the support town for the large Australia ski resort Mount Buller. It is associated with the High Country tradition of alpine grazing, celebrated in the film The Man from Snowy River, which was made around Mansfield, near the now famous Craig’s Hut (based on a poem Banjo Paterson with the same name).
Mansfield, originally known as Mount Battery, was at the boundary of a number of pastoral runs, and a township was surveyed in 1851 and named Mansfield.
Mansfield is famous as part of the Ned Kelly Trail. Significant memorials include the Memorial to Police erected in the centre of the town's roundabout. Mansfield Cemetery is the burial ground for police officers slain by Ned Kelly and his gang at Stringybark Creek.