Rosedale is the classic country town, full of energy, life and enthusiasm.
Residents feel safe and well supported within a high spirited community that enjoys it's proximity to Gippsland's natural attractions and linkages to larger centres.
The highway entries are inviting and reflect the quality of life in Rosedale; Vibrant, colourful and exciting.
Rosedale is a pastoral and agricultural town 184 kilometres east of Melbourne via the Princes Highway. Once a staging post on the Port Albert to Sale coach run, it was once the administrative centre of the Shire of Rosedale which extended to the east and included Ninety Mile Beach. It is now part of the Wellington Shire centred in Sale and remains a virtual hub from which to explore gippsland in any direction.
The earliest European inhabitant in the district is thought to have been a man named Blind Joe who lived in a hut on the Latrobe River. The town is named after and built upon the site of a station owned by David Parry-Okedon, who, in 1843, called his run Rosedale after his wife, Rosalie.
The area was once part of the Holey Plain grazing run, owned by the Curlewis brothers. Edward Crooke, who emigrated to Australia in 1837 and purchased a station at Omeo in the early 1840s, used the run as a holding station for the livestock which he drove to Port Albert for shipment to Van Diemen’s Land. He later leased the property and his son built an impressive homestead with a four-tiered tower on the site in 1889. Edward Crooke’s descendants still live on the origional property and open the property in November every second year for Garden Fest.
The progressive years – heydays in each century, saw the school expand with 140 children, the first bridge opened and the coming of the railway in 1861 -1881.
Then in 1961 – 1978 the Pyneboard factory, and oil and gas industry boosted the population, the Rosedale Shire was a major employer, many services improved (including housing) and opportunities for around 60 community organizations to flourish.
New challenges have brought great benefits, such as the bridge and highway reconstruction, the new school, the multipurpose community centre catering for Neighbourhood House, Childcare services, Senior Citizens and Library.
Today Rosedale has beautiful parks, fishing, an international speedway and a shopping strip with a village atmosphere with everything from beautiful antiques and collectibles to some of the best pies in area.
Holey Plains State Park is home to a variety of local flora, including white and prickly stringy bark, some rare Gippsland Grey Box and Golden Grevillea. The local terrain has swamps, bushland and some truly beautiful wildflowers in the springtime.
Numerous scenic drives through the park and picnic facilities at Long Ridge swamp and Holey Hill.
Visitor Information Centre Locations:
Police Station: Lyons St (J5) Ph: 5199 2222 (000)
Hospital: Central Gippsland Health Services
Local GP: Anne Hughes - 51992333
RACV Road Service: Ph: 13 1111
Rosedale Tip - Hours of Operation
Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 4 pm
Monday 1 pm to 5pm
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
For Waste Enquiries please phone: 1300 130 129
Rosedale Library - Hours of Operation
Tuesday & Friday - 10am - 12 noon
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 1pm - 6pm
Saturday - 10am - 12 noon
For all enquires please phone: 5199 2547