is a small wheat town situated in the north-west of the Wimmera. The
town makes a great base and springboard for exploring the Little
Desert National Park and Big Desert National Park, renowned for their
vast range of fauna and flora. There are around 670 varieties of
The name Nhill is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word
'nyell', meaning 'white mist on water'.
Land around Nhill was first taken up by selectors in the 1870's
and its prosperity since then has been built on agricultural, cereal
and wool production, as well as light industry.
Nhill's place in history is reflected in its post office, the restored
former cottage of Australia's leading lyric poet, John Shaw Neilson,
the historical society museum and the draught horse memorial. The
main street also features a monument to the Mallee Fowl.
Things to Do and See
John Shaw Neilson Cottage is where the famous lyric poet once lived.
You can see his original childhood cottage, which has been restored
and relocated from his birthplace in Penola, South Australia, to
John Shaw Neilson Park.
In town is the memorial to the faithful 'Clydesdale Horse' which
worked so hard to cultivate the Wimmera. The memorial is affectionately
known as the
talking horse and is a favourite with visitors.
Other Points of Interest
Historical Society Museum- McPherson St.
The boardwalk from Jaypex Park at Nhill Lake has a birdhide to view
the many different varieties of birds.
The Post Office built in 1881 is classified by the National Trust.
See the largest concrete single-bin silo in Victoria, located in
The Mallee Fowl Monument near the Hindmarsh Shire Office and the
Mallee Fowl Aviary at the Little Desert Lodge at Winiam.
Vintage machinery rally- March.
Little Desert Wildflower Exhibition- September / October.
Nhill Agricultural Show.
How to Get There
Nhill is 373kms northwest of Melbourne
Melways Ref: 519 K7
Tel: (03) 5391 3086
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Desert banksias in the Little Desert National Park.