Merino is the next township encounted as the traveler heads to Coleraine and then west. Merino is a very small place but does have a number of essential services. The name ‘Merino’ has no connection with the Merino Sheep breed.

The first European settlement of the area was in 1837, when Francis Henty, brother of Edward Henty, established Merino Downs station. Henty established the station after a report on the high quality pasture from explorer Major Thomas Mitchell at the Henty property near Portland.

A store and post office agency was established in 1854 and the first town lots were sold the next year. An official Post Office opened on June 1, 1858. The town continued to grow through the 1850s and 1860s with the construction of churches, hotels and schools. In 1870, the courthouse was moved from Digby to Merino. A number of ‘old’ buildings remain.

The Merino co-operative butter factory was established around 1885. After World War I, the area was opened up for soldier settlement. In 1955, Merino was finally connected to the electricity grid.

The churches in Merino are well spread. The Catholic and Anglican Churches are built with federation red bricks and are over 100 years old.

The Merino Hotel was built in 1890. A grand imposing building it is.

The Merino War Memorial is opposite the hotel.

Should the timing be right refreshment may be in order?

Heritage diary



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