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Waubra

Waubra (formerly known as The Springs) is a town in Victoria, Australia.

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  • Area:71.533 km2
  • Elevation:448 m
  • Population:275
  • Local Government Area:Pyrenees Shire Council

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Waubra (formerly known as The Springs) is a town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Sunraysia Highway, 33 kilometres (21 mi) north west of Ballarat and split between the Pyrenees Shire and City of Ballarat local government areas. At the 2016 census, Waubra and the surrounding area had a population of 275.The town is known for the Waubra Wind Farm, one of the largest windfarms in Australia. It was the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere on completion.The town was named after the local Wathaurong tribe "Waubra" that populated the area prior to European settlement. # History The original inhabitants were the "Waubra" a Wathaurong indigenous Australian tribe.Thomas Mitchell was the first European to visit the area, and during his 1839 journey, planted a flag on nearby Mount Mitchell.The first settler was Mr John Warne who established a pastoral run in 1857.The settlement was originally known as "The Springs". The Post Office opened on 20 April 1860.The railway came in October 1888 with the opening of a Victorian Railways 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) gauge branchline. It was renamed Waubra in 1889. In 1931, passenger services were withdrawn and the line continued as a "goods only" line through to its closure in January 1968. The centenary of the town was celebrated in 1939 marking 100 years since Major Mitchell's sighting of the area. # Weather # Things to do

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