is a town in north east Victoria
. The town is located on the upper reaches of the Murray River
, north east of the state capital, Melbourne
and east of Wodonga
. Part of the Shire of Towong Local government area
, at the 2006 census
, Tintaldra and the surrounding area had a population of 203.
European settlement began in the Tintaldra in 1837 with the arrival of squatters
looking for fresh grass and water for cattle. The town began to form around 1854
as unlucky prospectors began to look for land to farm, though of insufficient size to justify a Post Office until 1 January 1867.
Its location as a crossing point over the Murray River and its associated customs house led to a boom period in the late 19th century. Federation and the development of other river crossings into New South Wales led to a slow decline. Soldier settlers moved to the area after World War I. Much of Tintaldra was burnt to the ground in the Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939.
The Town today
Tintaldra's economy is based around agriculture and tourism. The Tintaldra store, constructed in 1864
with rough hewn River Red Gum
beams and rafters and walls made from vertical slats of Stringybark
timber, is still standing today. Nearby Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park
is a popular place for bushwalking and camping.