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All aboard the (SL)V-line

Black and white photo of people standing on a cliff face
23 August 2021

For nearly six months, the Library has been ‘visiting’ a different town in regional Victoria every Wednesday through the imaginary locomotive (SL)V-line.

The series kicked off on Wednesday 24th February 2021, and took us through an A-Z of regional Victorian towns using collection images, blogs and insights from the wider Library.

Each stop along the (SL)V-line showcased the beauty and personality to be found across regional Victoria, from community spirit, stunning national parks and heritage towns to world-class wineries, award-winning pies and art galleries.

We couldn’t pick a highlight out of such an impressive lineup, but some of our community’s favourite spots included:

  • Coastal escapes: Many of our most popular stops involved the salt, sea and sand of Victorian beaches. We packed our wet suits and snorkels for stops in Anglesea, Cowes, Lorne, Ocean Grove, Sorrento and Torquay.
  • Goldrush gems: With many Victorian towns steeped in goldrush history, our stops in Ballarat, Harrietville, Vaughan and Yackandandah kept us on high alert for remaining gold nuggets.
  • Agricultural favourites: The (SL)V-line was not just a locomotive of leisure. Our stops at Irymple, Kyabram and Red Cliffs featured some heavy machinery and fertile Victorian farmland.
  • National park pitstops: You can’t journey Victoria without basking in the flora, fauna and fresh air of our stunning national parks. Our stops in the Grampians, Mt Buffalo, Wilsons Prom and Buxton ticked all those boxes and more.

Explore each stop on the (SL)V-line below, including links to resources for you to explore more of each region.

Please note: each link opens in Facebook.

Anglesea | Ballarat | Cowes | Daylesford | Echuca | Fish Creek | Grampians | Harrietville | Irymple | Jamieson | Kyabram | Lorne | Mt Buffalo | Nagambie | Ocean Grove | Phillip Island | Queenscliff | Red Cliffs | Sorrento | Torquay | Upper Murray | Vaughan | Wilsons Promontory | Buxton | YackandandahMount Eliza