Korumburra was once a key coal mining town, providing fuel for Victoria's railway industry. After black coal was discovered in Korumburra in 1872, the town became the site for a mining boom, and by the time of the boom's peak in the mid-1890s, over two thousand men were employed in local mines.
Coal continued to be mined in Korumburra for many more years, until the town's last coal mine closed in 1958. Even though Korumburra's coal industry is now but a distant memory, Korumburra still retains a historical feel.
Many of the original miner's cottages have been restored and continued to be used as housing, while Coal Creek Community Park and Museum provides a look back into life during the town's halcyon days.
Korumburra is not just renowned for coal. It also has a strong heritage with, of all things, earthworms!
For many years, Korumburra was home to an annual 'Karmai Festival', which celebrated all things related to the Giant Gippsland Earthworm, common to the local area.
Even though rail services no longer pass through Korumburra, the town's beautiful, centrally-located, Edwardian-era railway station (pictured above) remains an iconic presence, and is well worth admiring.
Korumburra's Commercial Street, which runs directly through the town, is no longer a mud-covered dirt track, but its shopfronts are surprisingly unchanged in structure after more than 100 years.
Modern Korumburra is home to dairy and agricultural industries that take advantage of the area's naturally bountiful land. According to the 2016 Census, Korumburra's population now numbers 4475 people.
Information sourced with thanks from Korumburra Historical Society.