Situated on the Hume Highway, Violet Town sits at the foot of the Strathbogie Ranges and was the first inland Victorian town to be surveyed.
The site of the township was named Violet Ponds by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell who was obviously impressed by the host of native flowers growing round a pond alongside which he camped.
Although the name has since undergone a slight change, the town retains much of its original village atmosphere. The village has grown round Honeysuckle Creek and the floral theme is enhanced by such street names as Primrose, Lilac and Tulip.
The town itself is an important centre for ballooning, gliding and sky-diving and is the gateway to the scenic routes and horse-riding trails of the ranges which also boast a number of herb and deer farms. Stall-holders supporting the Violet Town Community Markets sell their varied wares on every second Saturday.