Originally one of four pastoral runs taken up by Edward Curr in 1844, the tiny mid-northern Victorian village celebrated its biggest day in 2000 when the Olympic torch passed this way on its long journey to Sydney.
It is believed that Curr took the name from the local Aboriginal term for ‘dingo caught in a trap’, but no one can explain the significance.
A wheat town, Colbinabbin lies about 20km west of the quaint old gold town of Rushworth which largely retains the National Trust-listed streetscape tracing back to the days when it was a major commercial centre and collection point for the ore taken from the many mining sites which honeycombed the district.
Whistlestop hamlets to the south such as Bailiestown and Angustown retain relics of the days when gold fever was endemic.
A short drive east from Rushworth takes you to Lake Waranga, a popular destination for water sportsmen, anglers and campers, and on to Murchison and the Meteorite Park where a meteorite crashed to earth in 1969.