Meredith Town

Meredith the town is about 13kms from the festival site. It has two pubs, two cafes (one of which doubles as a provedore), a servo and a General Store, amongst a few other things, like a nursery, rural supplies store, doctor’s office and a golf course.

There was once a short-lived hospital, a lapidary club and a football club, who last won the flag with a one-point victory over Sebastopol in 1961. The club even had a women’s team who took on archrival Inverleigh in 1972.

To get to the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from town turn off the Midland Highway at the Royal Hotel (Staughton Street), go past Hearn’s Hotel on your left, cross over the railway tracks, and keep going until you get to the corner of Nolan Road. That’s about it just on your left there.

Some interesting (and not-so-interesting) facts:

  • Half a mile from the railway station there used to be a butter factory which opened in 1891 – “the Meredith Creamery and Butter factory”.
  • The Meredith Corner Store was built to house the Post Office around 1900.
  • In a raffle organised by Miss Irene Mooney for the Meredith “Queen Carnival” of 1917, you could win a silver-mounted pipe, a case of grapes, a fat lamb and/or pig, gold cuff links, or a pair of boots made to order.
  • Meredith was known as Watsons because William Watson had “The Golden Fleece Hotel” on the road between Geelong and Ballarat.
  • Most local residents are known to put their left foot into their pants before their right when dressing. Although it remains a contentious issue.

On your way through, why not consider dropping into one of the following local Meredith establishments:

BACKCREEK CAFE

Cnr Staughton Street and the Midland Highway. Breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake. Run by year 9s from a school that has a farm not far from Meredith, and where much of the food served from the cafe is grown.

HEARN’S MEREDITH HOTEL (THE “TOP PUB”)

51 Staughton Street. See Steve and Kathy for meals, cigarettes, ice and the bottleshop.

DOROTHY’S KITCHEN

On Staughton Street, just off the Midland Highway, Dorothy’s has that timeless, country feel about it. Not just coffee and an expanding menu (thanks to their new kitchen), but fresh fruit and vegetables, along with lots of local produce.

MEREDITH CORNER STORE

Cnr Staughton Street and Midland Highway. The Meredith Corner Store offers takeaway food, groceries, cigarettes, magazines and a post office.

THE ROYAL HOTEL (THE “BOTTOM PUB”)

Cnr Staughton Street and Midland Highway. Damien and Claire invite you to visit the re-modelled and re-named Royal Hotel. Here you can get meals, cigarettes, ice and alcohol.

MEREDITH ROADHOUSE

Midland Highway between Wilson Street and Staughton Street. The Roadhouse has the perfect Bain Marie for eating away any post-Meredith blues, as well as petrol, ice and snacks.

WOOLABRAI

4350 Midland Highway. See Patrick and Helen for a wide range of farm and hobby-based merchandise.


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