Mount Morgan ticked all boxes for Melbourne family
WHEN Sarah and Mark Dalton decided to leave their Melbourne home they searched the whole of Australia for a new place to settle.
They settled on Mount Morgan.
They are now proud residents of the small community, and say they can't understand why more people aren't making the move.
A comment about the great food at Mount Morgan's Grand Hotel, posted on the Bulletin's Facebook page on the weekend, generated plenty of interest.
Locals defended the community spirit of the town after a minority questioned their town pride.
The Daltons relocated with their two children, aged two and five, about 12 months ago.
"We searched all over Australian for something that would suit," Sarah said.
"Mt Morgan ticked all the boxes.
"It was very different and a lot to get used to, but we absolutely love it."
She says the pride in the small community is one of the most attractive things about the town.
"So many people say they can't believe the community spirit in the town," she said.
"You can tell by the effort that people put into promoting the town.
"Everyone is friendly … everyone knows everyone."
Sarah was also full of praise for what she said were fantastic school, hospital and recreational facilities, such as the swimming pool.
The reopening of the Mount Morgan Range, expected in days, should also give the town a boost.
The Daltons own the Silver Wattle Caravan Park, and Sarah said the opening of the highway would be fantastic for them.
"One of biggest things we've been battling since taking over is signage of the road saying it's not suitable for caravans and to proceed with caution," she said.
"So many people are deciding not to come through Mount Morgan. They're going different directions to avoid it because they assume they can't get through.
"Having it back open will be amazing for the town."