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Stawell

Stawell, is an Australian town in the Wimmera region of Victoria 237 kilometres (147 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne.

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  • Area:93.14 km2
  • Elevation:256 m
  • Population:6,032
  • Local Government Area:Northern Grampians Shire Council

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Stawell, is an Australian town in the Wimmera region of Victoria 237 kilometres (147 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Located within the Shire of Northern Grampians local government area, it is a seat of local government for the shire and its main administrative centre.At the 2016 census, Stawell had a population of 6,032.It was founded in 1853 as Pleasant Creek during the Victorian gold rush. It is one of few towns in Victoria retaining an active gold mining industry. Stawell is famed for the Stawell Gift, a professional foot race that began in 1878. It is also known as the gateway to the Grampians National Park. One of the most significant Aboriginal cultural sites in south-eastern Australia is Bunjil's Shelter, within the Black Range Scenic Reserve, south of Stawell. It is named after Sir William Foster Stawell (1815–89), the Chief Justice of Victoria. # History # Weather # Things to do Stawell is situated not far from the Grampians National Park, about 32 kilometres (20 mi) by road from Hall's Gap. ## Bunjil's Shelter One of the most significant Aboriginal cultural sites in south-eastern Australia is Bunjil's Shelter, which is the only known rock art depiction of Bunjil, the creator-being in Aboriginal Australian mythology. The shelter lies within the Black Range Scenic Reserve, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Stawell. It is a small shelter at the base of a large granite boulder

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