The cities of Mooroopna and Shepparton in Victoria are usually referred to together as a unit. They are located about a 2 hour drive north of Melbourne and a little over 150 km. In the 2011 census, the combined population of the two cities was at 60,450. The two towns are opposite each other. Mooroopna is on the banks of the Goulburn River and Shepparton is in the floodplain of the Goulburn River. The Midland Highway joins the two towns which are separated by the river. Mooroopna is more residential and Shepparton has the Central Business District and is more urban. Mooroopna is considered a suburb of Shepparton. Continue reading

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Bendigo is located in the centre of Victoria about 150 km north of Melbourne. Like Ballarat, Victoria  (which we also have a City Spotlight on), it was a boomtown of the Victorian era gold rush. The city has a population just over 100,000 and is the 4th largest inland city in Australia. It is one of the only non-capital cities to have a large financial district and is home to the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as well as the Bendigo Stock Exchange. With the rich history and present day financial district, the city is an interesting and eclectic blend of old and new. Continue reading

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