HUB OF THE RICHEST GRAIN GROWING AREA IN AUSTRALIA
The township of MINYIP is located in the Wimmera Region of Western Victoria and is one of the richest grain growing centres in Australia.
Minyip is a township of significant historical value siting several architecturally significant buildings throughout the township including several old bank buildings, the Minyip Memorial Hall, the old silos (which were the largest capacity silos in Victoria when built), the Minyip Railway Station, the old Shamrock Hotel, the Commercial Hotel (1908) and the Club Hotel (1906). The former Minyip Post Office is reputed to be the first Post Office built in Western Victoria following federation in 1901 and remains in pristine condition. Minyip also boasts of a Bicentennial Town Square containing the foundation stone of the old Minyip Hospital and is fronted by a very unusual clock.
The Lions Children's Playground with the old Bofors Anti Aircraft Gun is well worth a visit as is the former Minyip Guardian Newspaper office which is where the Minyip Historical Society now resides.
Minyip has an Op Shop located in the building formally known as the Uniting Church and very reasonably priced. It is opened Wednesdays 1.30 to 3.30pm, friday 1.30 to 4.00pm and Saturday, 2nd & 4th 10am to 12 noon.
The Rupanyup/Minyip Bendigo Bank Branch is the first community bank in Victoria and the first enterprise of its kind in Australia. It opened on June 26, 1998 as a partnership between the communities of Rupanyup and Minyip and the Bendigo Bank. This enterprise is incorporated in a former bank building built in 1911.
MINYIP has many places of interest to explore including Gregson Park (1903), the Minyip Cemetery, the Nullan Silos and railway siding along with the StJohns Lutheran Church which was originally located at Kirchheim when in 1934 was loaded onto a timber jinker and towed to Minyip by a steam tractor to its present sight. This historical church boasts of a 19th century pipe organ and a stained glass window dating back to 1889.
MINYIP is most famous for being the place where the Flying Doctor television series was made and to this day the series is still very popular all over the world. The Senior Citizens Centre has become famous due to it being known as The Coopers Crossing Base of the Flying Doctor Service. Incorporated in the grounds of the Senior Citizens Center is the œWilliam Farrer Monument , William Farrer (1845 " 1906) was an Australian agronomist and plant breeder and is best remembered for his Federation strain of wheat which resulted in better quality and yields of the Australian wheat harvest. He is known as the father of the Australian wheat industry. The William Farrer Monument in Minyip is the only one of its kind in Australia.
Minyip has a very modern Community Health Centre. This centre has a doctor and highly qualified nursing staff. They provide expert accident and emergency and home nursing care, along with many other services.
There is a new Post Office/Pharmacy, supermarket/newsagency, eateries and take aways, and many other attractions including a Kindergym, a Pre School Centre, a modern Primary School. A high class secondary college is a short bus trip away.
Self serve petrol and diesel is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
If you are a sports minded person/family many sporting clubs and facilities are available for utilisation.
There is a Caravan and Recreational Park which incorporates shower and toilet facilities, a walking track, dams, free BBQ, a childrens playground and many other amenities. For bookings and details please phone Irene on 0499010643. It is well worth visiting and sharing this tranquil family friendly atmosphere and exploring the local and unique flora and fauna. Come and visit us and take away the memories and experience of historical MINYIP.