The town is on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, on land that was once central to the territories of the Goulburn Aboriginal tribes, in whose language, Tallarook means ‘call of the wattle birds’.
Today Tallarook supports abundant wildlife and farming properties. The local vineyards are gaining an international reputation and provide the perfect place to unwind and explore.
The town is known in Australia for the colloquialism, “Things are crook in Tallarook”, believed to date to the Great Depression and unemployed travellers seeking work.
The development of colonial Australia can be traced through the development of its rail system. Railways influenced the fortunes of towns and regions; became the colony’s largest employer; transformed the relationship between town and country; and introduced new concepts of distance, time and comfort. (Davison, 1998:547)