Glenrowan

Glenrowan is located 210km northeast of Melbourne in historical “Kelly Country”. This is the place where legendary bushranger “Ned Kelly” took “The Last Stand” with police in June 1880 and his memory lives on here today.

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The Kelly story depicts a gang of outlaws led by Ned Kelly who were wanted by local police for several alleged offenses. After constant harassment of the Kelly family by law enforcement Ned donned his body armour and prepared for his final face off with police. This famous event took place here on 28 June 1880 when Ned was unsuccessful in his last stand, being shot and arrested by police. Ned’s fate was determined by the Melbourne Supreme Court and he was sentenced to be put to death by hanging. The locals’ support for the legendary Ned Kelly and his freedom was astounding, however, as scheduled his demise occurred on 11 November 1880 at the age of 25.

This township is the keeping place of the Kelly legend and all the action is in the centre of town along Gladstone St. The “Big Ned Kelly” statue stands prominently on the Kate Street corner, dressed to kill in his notorious body armour. You can’t visit Glenrowan without having your photo taken beside Ned.

Kate's Cottage gift and souvenir shop sells an extensive collection of Ned Kelly souvenirs, Aussie tourist souvenirs and giftware. Behind the cottage is a replica of the Kelly family homestead and the Ned Kelly Memorial Museum. The museum displays a remarkable collection of historical photographs, memorabilia and information relating to the life and death of the famous bushranger and his gang and family. The museum is open daily and entry fees of $6 per adult and $1 per child apply.

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The Tourist Centre offers you the chance to step back in time and experience the historical event that led to the demise of the legendary Ned Kelly. The interactive production involving lifelike mannequins, robots, animation and sound effects is exceptionally good at reproducing the events leading up to and including the last stand. “The Last Stand” 40 minute show is presented in a series of different rooms and settings and runs every half hour between 9.30am to 4.30pm. It’s educational, exciting and everyone should experience it. Ticket costs are adults $24, pensioners $22 and children $18 with family concessions available.

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Kelly fever is evident throughout the township. glenrowan-souvenir-shops Big Ned towers over the main street, there are souvenirs galore, the museum, the re-enactment production and even the local businesses have adopted Kelly naming rights. There’s the Kelly Cookhouse Café, Ned’s Burger House, Kelly Gang Wines and the Billy Tea Rooms. Glenrowan is such a unique town with a legendary history familiar to many of us and for those unfamiliar with the Kelly story, it’s all here to learn. As Ned once said “Such is Life”.

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Destinations in Victoria

Ballarat

Bendigo

Echuca

Eildon

Geelong

Glenrowan

Great Ocean Road

Lakes Entrance

Marysville

Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula

Phillip Island

Port Fairy

Portland

Queenscliff

The Dandenongs

The Grampians

Warburton

Warrnambool

Wilsons Promontory

Yarra Ranges

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