Our District

Our District

The MNDCF has one of the smallest district areas of any community foundation in Australia. This district is rural, but quite diverse and complex, with townships that are located in different shires.

Key Facts

  • 155 km South East of Melbourne (2 hours)
  • Close to the large population centres and major employers of the Latrobe Valley
  • Offering a village lifestyle within easy reach of the beautiful beaches between Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory
  • Mirboo North is the principal township in the North Eastern area of South Gippsland Shire
  • Regular bus services to Latrobe City and Wonthaggi

About Mirboo North

Nestled in the Strzelecki Ranges two hours South East of Melbourne, the picturesque town of Mirboo North is situated on the Strzelecki Highway just 25 kilometres from Leongatha, South Gippsland’s largest township.

Surrounded by rolling hills, rich farmland and panoramic views, Mirboo North is a small town with a big sense of community, offering a village lifestyle that is within easy reach of the beautiful beaches of the South East Coast of Victoria and the Latrobe Valley, the largest populated centre in the Gippsland region and home to some of its biggest employers.


The district which the Community Foundation operates within encompasses the rural towns, villages and areas of Mirboo North, Mirboo, Boolarra, Boolarra South, Dumbalk North, Dumbalk, Darlimurla, Yinnar, Thorpdale, Allambee, Allambee South and Hallston.

Why Mirboo North

The picturesque town of Mirboo North is nestled in the Strzelecki Ranges two hours South East of Melbourne. Situated on the Strzelecki Highway, it is just 25 kilometres from Leongatha, South Gippsland’s largest regional township.

Gippsland’s population is projected to grow to more than 380,000 by 2041 and, in addition to demonstrating strong local growth; Mirboo North and district is well positioned to take advantage of the region’s anticipated population increase.

One of the benefits of relocating to a smaller rural township is the opportunity to participate and make a difference at a local level. Mirboo North has a large number of community organisations and volunteer groups, which contribute to making Mirboo North a welcoming and active community.

Beautiful scenery, 7-day-a-week shopping and excellent local services have all contributed to making Mirboo North a desirable location to live, work and invest.

First settled in the 1870s, the plentiful local supply of Mountain Ash timber drove early development in the area. Although not officially known as Mirboo North until 1929, it was the arrival of the first locomotive at the newly built railway terminus in 1885 that marked the beginning of this vibrant township’s story.

Whilst timber may have been the catalyst, it is the area’s rich soil and reliable climate that has helped Mirboo North become the modern and attractive community it is today. The diverse landscape that surrounds Mirboo North is reflected in the mix of agriculture, manufacturing, service, and retail businesses that have made a successful home here.

The village lifestyle is supported by Mirboo North’s excellent health and education facilities. The town boasts a secondary college, primary school, kindergarten and medical centre, along with aged care and a modern child care centre.


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