Tanjil Bren

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Tanjil Bren is a town 12 kilometers west of Mount Baw Baw.  It is the last town before you hit the slopes of Mount Baw Baw.  The town has a good challenging climb to either side of the township.

Hairpin to the east of Tanjil Bren

The town was established during the Victorian Gold Rush.  Which later became a timber town.  It beauty is accentuated by its tall Eucalyptus forests, and is part of the Baw Baw National Park region.

The town has suffered many tragedies with bush fires.  Which included the January 1939 Tanjil Bren Black Friday bush fire which destroyed the town and killed 9 people.  Tanjil Bren has developed over time and started to become a tourist destination during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  The town became a stopping place for travelers who were visiting the Baw Baw snowfields.

Hairpin just to the east of the town

Tanjil Bren East

Distance: 3.8 km
Average Gradient: 5.1%
Maximum Gradient: 12%
Elevation gain: 219 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Forest
Category: 2
Road Surface: Good

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

The Tanjil River

Tanjil Bren West

Distance: 1.3 km
Average Gradient: 6.8%
Maximum Gradient: 9.8%
Elevation gain: 83 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: National Park
Category: 4
Road Surface: Good

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

History of Tanjil Bren

The name Tanjil was derived from the Tangel pastoral run (1844) and derived from an Aboriginal word meaning frost or snow.  The word Bren was a play on the milling operation being at the speed of a Bren gun.

Gold was discovered in Tanjil Bren in 1865 and was a short-lived gold rush.  Petering out within about 20 years.  As the gold mining declined some agricultural land was taken up. 

On January 13 1939.  Melbourne reached a scorching 45.6 degrees.  The conditions led to the Black Friday bushfires which took 71 lives, over 1,000 homes and 1.4 million hectares of land destroyed.  Tanjil Bren was in its path, and nine people died in and around the town.

The bush fires led to an intense timber-salvage operation.  The timber could be milled if the charred trees were felled within a two year window. Within 15 months Tanjil Bren had rebuilt with a school, four shops, a cafe and a garage.  Six mills were operating in and around the town. By 1948 1177 million super feet of timber had been milled and nearly all salvageable timber had been taken by 1950. Mills moved out of the district and the school closed in 1954.

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