History: Noojee was part of the Wurundjeri tribes land prior to White settlement. "Noojee" is an Aboriginal word meaning "valley of or place of rest" Although it was not officially founded until the early 1900's, the small township of Noojee began as a gold prospecting site in the early 1860's. It wasn't until a massive flood between 1902-05 which changed the flow of the river that runs through town and caused the swampy marshes to drain, that the town officially founded and permanent buildings began to be built. Noojee became a major timber town when the railway connected the town to Warragul in 1919 .1926 saw fire devastate the town and stop all timber export from Noojee. All of the mills in the surrounding area were destroyed and the majority of the buildings. !939 saw another fire cause similar damage.
Visit the Noojee Trestle Bridge Surrounded by tall forest, follow the old railway line from Noojee to one of the only remaining historic timber trestle bridges in Victoria. Originally built in 1919 as part of a railway used to freight timber out of the district, this huge bridge has been restored and is the highest example of its type in Victoria.
Wonder at Victoria’s largest tree. Walk through rainforest to the Ada Tree, a giant mountain ash that's one of Victoria's largest trees. Around 270 years old, it's about 76 metres tall with a circumference of 15 metres.
. Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls. Follow a pleasant 3km circular track through the Toorongo Falls Reserve that take you to the spectacular viewing platforms for these waterfalls. The mountain ash forest is towering and lush, the falls are gushing. Observing cool mountain water cascading is an awe inspiring sight.
Lunch at The Toolshed Bar an Iconic Aussie Pub Famous for its corrugated iron bar, massive open fire place and surrounding beer gardens, you could spend hours examining the paraphernalia hanging from the walls, an amazing tribute to the history of Noojee. The Toolshed is well known for its big hearty meals like the massive Parma board with 12 parmas, the famous billy burger and lamb pot roast. 38 Loch Valley Rd, Noojee - www.theoutpostretreat.com
Sample a wine at Piedmont Wines. This is a family owned boutique winery specialising in regional wines from Victoria, Australia. The vineyard produces shiraz, merlot, sparkling pearl, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grape varieties. 3470 Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd, Noojee, - www.piedmontwines.com.au/
Catch and cook your own trout at the Alpine Trout Farm, Bring the kids along and drop a line in and fish for your own trout or salmon then make use of the on-site BBQs to cook up your fresh catch or purchase smoked trout from their friendly staff.. 115 Yarra Junction -Noojee Rd, - www.alpinetroutfarm.com.au/
Have a beer at the Noojee Hotel where sometimes kookaburras visit the back deck overlooking the river. Ask about the dinosaurs and have a friendly game of pool. The pub is on the road heading toward Mt Baw Baw. www.noojeehotel.com.au/
Have a meal at the Red Parrot Café. Brian and Narelle, the proprietors will delight you with an interesting and contemporary menu and food cooked to perfection, and all the while, delivered with an easeful and friendly manner( even though all the food is prepared by Fussy Bastards)
Try to photograph the view of the valley from the rest area on the road to Warragul. A spectacular vista awaits a short drive out of town.
Brave the cold and have a paddle. The La Trobe River flows through the town centre and is flanked by large expanses of shaded grassy parkland. At the northern end of Bennett Street is a river front park which has BBQ and picnic shelters, a playground and a small sandy swimming beach at a bend in the river.
Find the old timber equipment along the Loch Valley Tramway walk. There are a number of bushwalks starting in Noojee and wet or dry they are always interesting. www.visitbawbaw.com.au/walking-cycling/loch-valley-tramway-walk
Find the hidden Natural treasure of Glen Nayook. Head towards Warragul and turn off at Neerim Junction towards Nayook and just go straight instead of into Nayook itself.Treeferns, Mountain ashes and a disappearing stream are just some of the delights. www.neerimdistrict.com.au/public/attractions.htm
Learn the History of the area at The Noojee Heritage Centre. This newly opened facility at the resored Noojee station has a beautiful steam locomotive as one of its main features. www.noojeehistoric.org.au/