Wheat Belt Regions of Australia
"Barley Oats Rice Millet and Sorgum"
The first port established in Victoria was at Portland
Though no longer 'just' wheat in times past the term was used for the 'wheat, sheep and cattle' growing regions of Australia. Barley and oats were also regular crops planted by most farmers but today the yield is far more varied. Rice, millet and sorgum are among a host of diversities that the modern Australia Farmer grows.
Western Victoria in a good season harvests plentiful supplies of grain and breed very good sheep and cattle. The first port established in Victoria was at Portland where even to this day the produce of western Victoria's Wimmera is loaded onto the ships for export. Horsham and Hamilton are the regions two major cities.
Across the border to the west, in South Australia the wheat belt' continues around the major town of Mount Gambier, known more for its Blue Lake.
Running the length north-south of New South Wales the Newell Highway is dotted with the major towns of the Central West 'food bowl' of New South Wales. Towns like Dubbo, Parkes, Wagga Wagga among others are all built of the bags of wheat and the beef and mutton that was exported to the capital cities and overseas.
Toowoomba, Dalby, Warwick, Stanthorpe. Well known for its cattle and Stanthorpe apples and stone fruit. The views of the Coastal fringe below from Toowoomba are spectacular.
Clare Valley wineries, Yorke Peninsula, Port Pirie, Quorn, Peterborough. The old copper mines at Burra.
The rich history of the Victorian Central west is displayed still in the majestic buildings from the previous to last century. Wheat and Gold paid for most and everything else needed to support a thriving gold-mad community.
A similar story to the Victorian Central West is told across the Nullabor at Kalgoorlie and the surrounding region. The ports at Esperance and Albany on the South Coast were a-buzz with the coming and going of men and produce, including the precious Gold.
Could also be catorgorised as 'Coastal Fringe' with such beautiful beaches at Rainbow Beach, Hervey Bay and Tin Can Bay, as well as fronting onto Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. Nevertheless it is an important grain, peanuts and more recently winegrowing district which are its main source of income.