Rawson Township was established as the administrative and accommodation centre for the building of the Thomson Dam (1979 to 1983). Nestled in the southern foothills of The Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 488m Rawson now serves as a centre for outdoor tourism.
Easily accessible from all directions, Melbourne to the West is a little over two hours via the freeway to Moe, and from the East one would turn off the Princes Highway at Taralgon. More picturesque but slower routes are across the mountains through Omeo. There are also many other alternative routes.