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Learn About Drouin

Located approx. 90km East – South East of Melbourne, Drouin is a growing regional township situated within the picturesque Baw Baw Shire in Western Gippsland, Victoria.

The third fastest-growing regional centre in Victoria, Drouin’s diverse business offering is expanding as quickly as its population. With almost one in five residents owning and/or managing a business, there is unlimited opportunity for ventures of all types to flourish within the region.

The thriving Drouin CBD has an array of retailers, restaurants and services and there are numerous industrial estates with generous space for larger enterprises such as manufacturing, transport or construction. We’re also proud of the generous community support for home-based endeavours of all kinds.

Industries represented in Drouin include:

  • Accommodation, Tourism & Events
  • Arts & Recreation
  • Construction & Manufacturing
  • Education & Training
  • Financial & Insurance Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Health Care & Support Services
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail & Wholesale Trading
  • Transport & Warehousing

With further dynamic growth predicted over the next two decades at least, there’s never been a better time to start, grow or revitalise your business in Drouin!

Drouin's History

Known for its rich natural resources, Drouin was originally a region of dense forest. Development commenced after the opening of the railway in 1877, and continued throughout the late 1800s, bringing to Drouin a post office, newspaper, hotel, local store, police station, banks, churches, schools, the Drouin Mechanics Institute and, in 1900, the first golf course.

As land was cleared, the population expanded and the region became notorious for dairy farming. Light industry and residential developments stimulated growth, particularly in the 1970’s, though the biggest surge in Drouin’s population has been this century, with a staggering 27% growth occurring between the 2011 and 2016 census years (triple the growth rate of nearby Warragul in the same period).

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