Ruffy is the birthplace of one of three Victoria Cross awardees born in the Shire – Leslie Cecil Magyar, (namesake of Maygars Hill Winery) was awarded Australia’s highest award for bravery in wartime in the Boer War of the late 1800’s. Euroa is the only town in the Commonwealth to have this many citizens awarded the Victoria Cross. They are Leslie Maygar, Fred Tubb and Alex Burton. A stunning memorial in Kirkland Avenue Euroa is well worth a visit.

Nearby Seymour has the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. The Walk is not to memorialise those who served in Vietnam and/or those who paid the ultimate price, but to commemorate the service of all who played their part in what turned out to be a tumultuous part of Australia’s history. It does, in the interpretive centre, give an accurate history of the times prior to military commitment, the period of our involvement and the aftermath. The name of every Serviceman and Woman who served, in that conflict is on display. 

Find a nice place to stop as you tour the Strathbogie Ranges and watch the sun go down over the rocks, and be sure not to forget your camera. It’s likely you will find something quite special to capture in this small but perfectly formed region.