Koonwarra & District
Koonwarra is in the heart of dairy country, nestled between the rolling hills of the Strezlecki Ranges, the ancient Bunurong Coast and the awe inspiring world heritage Wilsons Promontory. Visitors and residents can experience our region by travelling down the upgraded South Gippsland Highway, wandering along the Grand Ridge Road, surfing the Coastal Promontory beaches, riding the Great Southern Rail Trail and relaxing in our hospitality and natural abundance.
Koonwarra is proud of its pioneers and is now a leader in environmental innovations, striving to educate everyone in environment awareness and sustainable living whilst encouraging an even greater community spirit.
It is a picturesque Village with strong traditional community groups such as the CFA, Memorial Hall Committee and Recreation Reserve Committee which maintains this scenic reserve at a very high standard. Koonwarra is also well known for fine food and wine, contemporary arts and craft, innovative health and well being services, a leader in promoting organic foods, plastic bag free, Australia's first Waste Wise Village. Regional Farmers Markers and the Slow Food initiatives were conceived here and have spread to other areas.
Although the South Gippsland Highway now almost bypasses the town the Village cannot be missed with its painted swan and wetlands Koonwarra sign, avenues of trees planted over the last couple of years and the new parkland surrounding a new toilet block for visitors. Two community sign boards are prominent and we are currently working with Council on the erection of an innovative sculptural community signboard to be placed on the highway to draw travellers into a town by displaying community events. This sign is also to advertise the fact we are "Waste Wise".
The town is a stopping off point for visitors to the Prom Coast Region and also a preferred location for those wishing a relaxed meal or coffee with friends with many people driving from Melbourne just for the experience. The chance to learn organic cooking, paint a plate or make a mosaic item also draws visitors.
The Great Southern Rail Trail
passes through our Village and this is maintained by a volunteer committee and also brings many visitors.
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Koonwarra and District
Koonwarra is 150 km from Melbourne with a travel time of approximately one and a half hours when taking the Monash Freeway (M1). Turn off at the Cranbourne/Phillip Island exit (M420) and then the Korumburra/Leongatha exit (M440). The V-Line bus service covers this route.