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Launching Place is a town in Victoria, Australia, 54 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, Launching Place had a population of 2,394.[1]

Launching Place
Victoria
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Launching Place Hotel, Warburton Highway
Launching Place is located in Victoria
Launching Place
Launching Place
Coordinates37°46′26″S 145°35′17″E / 37.774°S 145.588°E / -37.774; 145.588Coordinates: 37°46′26″S 145°35′17″E / 37.774°S 145.588°E / -37.774; 145.588
Population2,394 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3139
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)Casey
Localities around Launching Place:
Woori Yallock Don Valley Yarra Junction
Woori Yallock Launching Place Gladysdale
Hoddles Creek Hoddles Creek Hoddles Creek

Launching Place is located along the Warburton Highway between Woori Yallock and Yarra Junction.

The Post Office opened on 12 July 1865, replaced by Hoddle's Creek in 1869, reopened on 1 September 1880, finally closing in 1994.[2]

The township was from 1901 until 1965 served by a railway station on the Warburton line.

Launching Place has many camping grounds where families go camping, hiking and boating in the Yarra River.

It is believed that Launching Place is named after the spot on the Yarra River where the logs (freshly cut down in the valley) were floated down the river to be milled in Melbourne. That is, the logs were "launched" at this place along the Yarra River. This was prior to the construction of the Upper Yarra Reservoir.

The Derelict Aircraft Museum was located in Launching Place. As of 2017, it had been closed and dismantled.[3]

A new car park has recently been made, making access to the Warburton Rail Trail and Launching Place General Store easier. It is located behind the Launching Place General Store.

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  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Launching Place". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  3. ^ Derelict Aircraft Museum homepage Retrieved September 20, 2016