ROCHESTER

Rochester is a small but vibrant town, on the main highway north heading to Echuca. The highway is busy and this gives the town a hectic feeling. Rochester is also a heritage focused town.

The area around the Campaspe River was known as Yalooka, and for thousands of years was home to the Pinpandoor, the local tribe of Aboriginees.

Rochester (via Rowechester) was named after Dr John Pearson Rowe, who had a hotel here before the township was gazetted in 1855. The Post Office opened on 11 May 1863 and the town was reached by the railway line from Bendigo in 1864.

The town is famous as the birthplace in 1904 of Australian racing and endurance cyclist, Sir Hubert Opperman, affectionately known as Oppy. There is a museum dedicated to Oppy in Moore Street, and a statue of him winning the 24-hour endurance race Paris in 1928. On his 90th birthday Oppy donated one of his trusty Malvern Star bicycles to the museum.

Agriculture plays an important part in the economy of Rochester. Primary agriculture includes dairy, tomatoes, cattle and sheep. There are also some grain and seed farms. The Devondale (dairy processing) factory is a large employer, and there are several other smaller industries.

The Catholic Church is the centre piece building in Rochester. This is a magnificent cathedral like building.

The United Churches are 100 year plus buildings.Not to sure about the Anglican??

The Rochester Hotels likewise are really old and heritage listed.

The Rochester War Memorial is on the northern fringe of the cbd.

The Rochester Museum is at the southern entrance to the town.

Rochester is an easy place to stay a while and an overnight could be a consideration.

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