Loch StreetscapeLoch Suspension BridgeView from Cape Horn LookoutLoch's beautiful Sunnyside Park
Loch Streetscape
  Loch Streetscape  
Loch Suspension Bridge
  Loch Suspension Bridge  
View from Cape Horn Lookout
  View from Cape Horn Lookout  
Loch's beautiful Sunnyside Park
  Loch's beautiful Sunnyside Park  
Loch is a small vibrant village, conveniently tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Located an easy 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne, Loch features a range of gift, antique and specialty stores to satisfy even the fussiest of shoppers. Fine dining establishments ensure you can be quickly refreshed after shopping up a storm.

History of Loch
Loch in South Gippsland was established with the coming of the railway in the 1876.

Early in Loch's development, the townspeople recognised the need for a local and accessible school to provide the fluctuating numbers of children with an elementary and socialising education. Petitions were sent to the Victorian Department of Education for this purpose and by 1889 the school had been constructed and a Head Teacher, Francis William Clarke, appointed. He remained at Loch for the next 28 years and his time there provides the focus for a broad exploration into the establishment and growth of a small Victorian town. The school's fluctuating numbers reflect the transient nature of Loch's early population, while Clarke's experiences with the Victorian Department of Education demonstrate the difficulties of dealing with a remote and officious bureaucracy. In many ways the history of this school and its teacher provide valuable information about living in what was then an isolated town, and the efforts of its residents to establish a sense of place and community. Through school history, we gain insight into the values, aspirations and achievements of the town's people.

*History information was gathered online from 'The Township is a Rising One' - a book (abstract) by Lyn Payne. On the Public Record Office Victoria.

Loch Village Today
Loch Village, is a thriving craft community with cosy cafes, charming curios, antique stores, galleries, Loch Brewery, Gippsland Wine Company, garage, play ground, sporting facilities, scenic lookout, suspension bridge, free BBQs, Public Hall, Churches, Primary school and V/Line coach service.

The village is set back from the highway amoungst colourful cottage gardens that spill out cheekily onto the street.

Loch Village hosts some of the best festivals and events in Gippsland including the Loch Village Food and Wine Festival which is presented over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June.


Quick facts about Loch
- 100 kilometres south-east of Melbourne

Parks & Playgrounds
Skate Park, 43 Victoria Street
Recreation Reserve, Loch-Poowong Road (Toilets, playgound, BBQ)

Major events in Loch
- Loch Village Food & Wine Festival - The Main Event is on the Sunday of the Queen's Birthday weekend in June.
- Loch Village Antique Fair
- Loch Village Garden Festival


How to get to Loch
Loch is approximately 80-minutes drive from Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway. From Melbourne via the Monash Freeway to Pakeham/Koo Wee Rup Rd then onto the South Gippsland Highway.

V/Line coach services are available for travel on the Yarram Line

Loch Community Development Association Incorporated

Address:Loch Village, Loch VIC 3945
Phone #1:0409 017 090
or +61 409 017 090 from overseas
Phone #2:0448 663 969
or +61 448 663 969 from overseas

Loch Walking & Cycling

Walkers welcomeDogs are allowedLoch Village WalkLoch