Named after the Wannon River which was named by Major Mitchell in 1836.
Wannon covers an area of approximately 33 854 sq km from the southern coastline of Victoria, to the northern boundaries of Glenelg Shire, Southern Grampians Shire and Pyrenees Shire and takes in the southern part of the Northern Grampians Shire. From the South Australian border the division extends to the eastern boundaries of Pyrenees Shire and Corangamite Shire at which point it also includes a small section of the Colac-Otway Shire. The region is generally known as the 'Western District'. The main towns and areas of interest include Ararat, Avoca, Camperdown, Great Western, Halls Gap, Hamilton, Koroit, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Portland, Stawell, Terang and Warrnambool.
Shipping, including live sheep exports, grain, meat and dairy exports, fine wool, beef and dairy cattle, cropping, forestry, aluminium smelting, gold mining, mineral sand mining, textiles and clothing, tool manufacturing, wineries and tourism. Grampians National Park, the coastal rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, the Southern Right whale nursery at Warrnambool, numerous wineries at Great Western and Avoca, gold mines at Stawell, Port Fairy township, coastal wind farm, and numerous extinct volcanoes, are signifi cant tourist attractions within the division.
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