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Moyston

Moyston is a beautiful stopping point on the main road to the Grampians, between Ararat and Halls Gap.

As the birthplace of AFL, it is no wonder that Moyston’s Longest Kick competition is such a highlight of the Easter Market, with contestants traveling great distances to showcase their kicking skills seeking to take out the coveted award.

The monument to Tom Wills stands opposite the entrance to the Recreation Reserve and, after acknowledging this great man, visitors can mark the occasion by kicking a football on the grounds of the MCG (Moyston Cricket Ground) where it all started and where football continues to be played.

The discovery of gold in 1857 started a gold rush and the establishment of the Moyston township with the population peaking at around 30,000.

Moyston is now a tiny town with a huge heart.

Local tips:

  • The Moyston General Store, licensed café and bottle shop provides a unique culinary experience with a strong Persian influence and a welcoming atmosphere, where the history of Moyston is literally written on the floor along with the original 10 rules of AFL. Offering great coffee and food and a huge deck to relax on, it is easy to see why this café has proved a hit with both locals and visitors.
  • Drop into Clayfield Wines for tasting session with owner Simon Clayfield.
  • Visit the monument of Thomas Wills, co-founder, and captain of the Melbourne Football Club (1859), which commemorates the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.

    Learn more about Moyston with the Grampians Way Podcast Tour
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