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Stringybark Creek and the Kelly Tree

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Stringybark Creek and the Kelly Tree is located 50 kilometres south from Benalla, and is where the infamous shoot out between police and the Kelly Gang took place on 26 October, 1878.

The Gang surprised the police at their camp and, in the ensuing gun battle, three policeman were killed. A police memorial has been erected here and is known as the 'Kelly Tree'.

The natural bush setting at Stringybark Creek is largely undisturbed and can be reached by a well-graded dirt from Mansfield or Benalla. Caution: logging trucks frequently use this road.

The road becomes gravel as you enter the State Forest. The day visitor area is down Stringybark Creek Road and provides picnic and wood barbecue facilities. There is comprehensive interpretive signage located throughout the area. All ability access is possible to the Kelly Tree viewing area from the carpark.

Content: Benalla Visitor Information Centre

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Facilities:
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet