Nestled in a hollow among stately redgums, sheoaks and native bushland,
Apsley's modest beginning was the building of two slab huts on a corner of Newlands Station in 1848.
One was the Store which was officially granted a Post Office in March 1849.
The other was an Inn called The Pub with the name changed to the Border Inn in 1850.
The little settlement was known as Lake Wallace with the official name change to Apsley gazetted in 1854.
Our community are proud custodians of our beautiful natural environment, the stately red gums dotted throughout the wetlands, the abundance of bird life who frequent the native vegetation and lakes and the variety of wildflowers that can be seen at the Newlands Nature Reserve in the spring.
Apsley is the last town on the Wimmera Highway before you cross into South Australia just 10.5km to the west.
SEE & DO Things to See and Do in Apsley
Apsley Racing Club
Apsley is a tiny town filled with gold nuggets of history. Predating the Melbourne Cup, the Apsley Racing Club was established back here in 1855, making it the oldest horseracing club in Victoria. And while it’s since moved to Edenhope, the Apsley Cup remains one of West Wimmera’s social events of the year.
Jimmy Tarpot Cup and Apsley Cemetery
It’s a meet that’s also hosted another race over the years – the Jimmy Tarpot Cup. While not held every year, this quirky backwards race is held in honour of Apsley’s most famous son, former Australian cricketer Murrumgunerrimin (aka Jimmy Tarpot) who, unsurprisingly, still holds the record for the fastest time running backwards at the MCG! Today he’s commemorated with a plaque at the Aspley cemetery.
Federation Corner, Newlands Nature Walking Trail and Lake Bringalbert
Visit the Federation Corner to read more about the town’s history, before setting off on the Newland's Nature Walking Trail: a 5km loop through red gum to look out for the red-tail black cockatoo and rare wildflowers. Nearby Lake Bringalbert is very popular for free camping, boating, fishing and birdwatching.
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The Border Inn
65 Wallace St, Apsley
Phone: (03) 5586 1205
1852 Wimmera highway
Phone: 0429 861 285
Email: hello@yallamattabedand breakfast.com.au