Community Profile

The Shire of Hepburn has a resident population of over 15,000 persons and is known as the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’. It is renowned for indulgence, relaxation, annual events and festivals and its spectacular heritage buildings, parks, reserves and native forests. Located in central Victoria and ideally situated within easy access to Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo it is a great place to visit, live and work.

The region hosts a huge range of events throughout the year – including markets, community run festivals, book fairs, LGBTIQ+ festivals and artisan masterclasses. With a vibrant arts community there are opportunities to visit artist studios and exhibitions, participate in workshops or create your own.

Hepburn Shire has a rich cultural history which began with our Traditional Owners and has been enriched by migration during Victoria’s gold rush era. Hepburn Shire is home to the descendants of many people who migrated for gold or to escape political upheaval and persecution. The region is proud of its Swiss/Italian heritage that has created a distinctive architecture and culture, which is still clearly obvious throughout the Shire.

This website contains demographic insights for Hepburn. For further information about Hepburn’s vibrant community, please contact the Hepburn Shire Community and Cultural Development Officer, on 5348 2306.

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