Backing on to the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges and approximately 125km from Melbourne CBD is the great Gippsland town of Trafalgar. Often referred to colloquially as “Traf”, the township was named Trafalgar to commemorate the famous British Military victory, The Battle of Trafalgar, albeit somewhat inspired by the neighbouring town of Waterloo’s own nomenclature. You’ll still find several streets in Trafalgar today that are named after events and people from British military history. The township developed quickly, based around the railway station, a familiar story in a lot of Gippsland towns and by approximately 1881 there were over 200 residents with a hotel, post office, bank, school, church and mechanics institute hall. Trafalgar also lays claim to being the first Victorian town outside of Melbourne to host it’s own commercial radio station all the way back in 1928. The station 3TR moved to Sale around 1932 but was originally established and developed in Trafalgar. Today Trafalgar is a beautiful, bustling little town and only a short drive from larger town centres such as Warragul and Morwell. There are some great cafe’s on and just off the main shopping strip, some great shopping and more. Local vendors sell fresh produce in and just out of the township. Nearby you’ll find the Old Gippstown Heritage Park, the Holden Museum and several parks with sporting grounds. Speaking of sports, Trafalgar is something of an active Gippsland township with football team The Bloods competing in the local football league, two lawn bowls clubs, swimming pool and tennis club. For the more adventurous there is the skatepark for skateboarders, BMXers and scooters or the amazing adventure park “The Summit”. The Summit hosts several events throughout the year as well as their everyday awe inspiring experiences. If you’re travelling through from Melbourne, stop in at Trafalgar and enjoy the friendly locals, great food and beautiful surrounds. If you’re a Gippslander like us, possibly already familiar with the region, it’s always worth discovering what’s happening and what’s new in Traf!