is a well kept secret and that’s the way we locals like it
- a small hamlet situated on the Maroondah Highway between Taggerty
and Alexandra at the confluence of the Acheron and the Goulburn
rivers, about 2 hours from Melbourne CBD – if you blink you
might miss it.
is very beautiful with a combination of lush river flats and grassy,
tree dotted, rolling hills – lots of Angus cattle, and with
views of the Cathedral range. Living in the area is a mixture of
fourth generation farming families, tree changers, retirees and
visitors, Acheron has a Conference Centre - Stonelea, with accommodation,
restaurant, and golf course; Twin Rivers caravan park which is nestled
on the bank of the Goulburn River where it joins the Acheron, and
is a Mecca for trout fishermen; Rennie’s Restaurant and Art
Gallery; The Acheron CFA which was very active during the Black
Saturday fires; and next door to that, the jewel in the crown –
our Acheron Hall.
The hall was
built in 1914 on donated land, originally as a Mechanics Institute,
by the locals for the locals. It sits in a quiet laneway amidst
majestic gum trees, beside the Acheron River, and has a wonderful
ambience which is partly due to its size – not large, and
to its natural timber lined walls and ceiling. The hall is well
maintained by our active Acheron Hall Committee, which also organises
functions during the year for the local residents and friends to
get together and enjoy each other's company. Acheron Hall is available
for hire to responsible adults at reasonable rates – see Hall
Hire for contact details.
The Acheron Hall
seats 80 comfortably at tables and chairs; is air conditioned; with
polished timber flooring; has a fully functional, recently renovated
kitchen with dishwasher; an enclosed vestibule; a small stage with
a piano; a modern toilet block; an exterior rear garden with child
proof fencing and sail sheltered barbeque facilities. It’s used
for many different functions – parties, weddings, meetings,
church services, yoga, musical soirees and recently in the aftermath
of the Black Saturday fires, it served for 12 months as the kindergarten
for the children of Marysville.
On the weekend of Saturday 14th & Sunday 14th June 2014 we celebrated
the centenary of the hall.