History of Foster
Originally called Stockyard Creek, after the stream which still flows through the centre of the town, Foster was initially nothing more than a resting place for drovers travelling from Port Albert to Westernport.

John Amey, an ex-convict of Tasmania, took up land at Bennison, several miles east of the creek, in 1860. He established a profitable farm which shipped produce to Port Albert via packhorse and bullock dray. His daughter often accompanied him on these trips and thus she met and married Port Albert's Crown Land Ranger. At that time, all logging was supposed to be strictly licensed by the Crown and the illegal logging of blackwood was being carried out around the creek. When timber staves were found washed up after a boating wreck the ranger became suspicious and travelled to Stockyard Creek to investigate. While he was resting at Amey's, the father-in-law hurried out to the loggers' camp and forewarned them. They cleared the camp and, while pretending to be gold prospectors, actually discovered a rich strain of gold. The find was registered and a rush followed. One of the most profitable claims existed on the site of what is now the State Bank.
As there were no police at the site of the rush, William Henry Foster, a magistrate, was called in to adjudicate disputes in 1871. Objecting to carrying out the Crown's business at an undistinguished 'creek' he suggested a change of name. Someone, with a wry sense of humour or an eye on winning the favour of the magistrate, suggested Foster and the suggestion was unanimously carried.

A census taken in 1871 revealed 345 men and 24 women in the area. A mechanics institute and bank were established that year while a school and post office arrived in 1872. However, there were no outstanding strikes and by the end of the decade the gold was drying up and the locals began to turn to dairying to support themselves.

Reef mining was taken up later in the century and mining was abandoned altogether in the 1930s.

The railway arrived in 1892 and two years later the people of Foster successfully agitated for the creation of the new shire of South Gippsland.

*Information taken from The Sydney Morning Herald (

Foster - The Town Today
Foster has one hotel and several dining options.

Because of the scenic beauty of the surrounding area, and its proximity to Wilsons Promontory and mountain areas inland, Foster is a popular destination for International visitors as well as Melbourne residents.

In summer, the town's temporary population can increase by as much as two and a half fold due to tourism.


Foster - Town Facilities

- ANZ - ATM, 64 Main Street
- CBA - Branch and ATM, 27 Main street
- Bendigo Bank - Branch and ATM, 68 Main Street

Dump point
Foster BP Service Station, 94 Main St

South Gippsland Hospital, 87 Station Road

Foster Library, Main Street
- Weekdays, 10am to 4.30-5pm
- Saturdays, 10am to 1pm
- Closed Wednesdays & Sundays

Mannagum Community House, Station Road
- Monday to Thursday (10am – 3pm)
- Closed Fridays, weekends and public holidays.

Prom Country Visitor Information Centre.
Daily 9-5 except Xmas day, offers Free WIFI

Foster Laundromat, 6 Station Rd

Long Vehicle Parking
Located in McDonald St, opposite Stockyard Gallery
complex and at the back of the Main Street car-park behing Foodworks.

Foster Foodworks + Newsagency

Parks & Playgrounds
- Pearl Park, Main Street (Toilets & BBQ)
- Foster Showgrounds, Station Street (toilets, playground & BBQ)
- Playground, Station St (next to Ambulance Station)
- Skate Park, Pioneer Street

Petrol Stations
- Endeavour Service Station, 3895 South Gippsland Hwy
- BP Service Station, 94 Main street

Foster Pharmacy, 2 Station Rd

Post Office
Foster's Australia Post, 22 Main Street

Supermarkets & Liquor
- Foster IGA + Liquor, 58 Main Street
- Foodworks Supermarket + Newsagency, 37 Main Street
- Cellarbrations Liquor, 29 Main Street


Quick facts about Foster
- Population approximately 1,000.
- Approximately 175 kilometres south-east of Melbourne

Activities and attractions
See 'Things to see and do' section for further details
- Foster & District Historical Museum
- The Great Southern Rail Trail
- Foster Flora Reserve
- Foster Golf Club
- Stockyard Gallery

Major events in Foster
See Events Section for further details

- Prom Coast Festival (March)
- Markets


How to get to Foster
Foster is located approximately 175 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, around two hours travel along the South Gippsland Hwy.

V/Line bus services available for travel, see Location section for details.

Foster Community Association

Address:PO Box 272, Foster VIC 3960

Foster Walking & Cycling

Walkers welcomeDogs are allowedFoster Flora ReserveFoster
Walkers welcomeDogs are allowedLoader Walk (Mount Nicoll)Foster, Fish Creek
Walkers welcomeCyclists welcomeHorses welcomeDogs are allowedWheelchair accessThe Great Southern Rail TrailLeongatha, Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Fish Creek, Foster, Toora, Welshpool, Port Welshpool