Located between Tailem Bend and Pinnaroo, the Mallee Highway township of Peake is rich in history with many original buildings still standing today. A walk along the Historical Peake Trail will lead you to some of these significant structures.
The trail begins at Polly's Well which can easily be found on the north side of the highway opposite the town's oval. With a depth of about 16 metres, the well supplied water for not only the local residents but also the travellers passing through in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. No one knows for sure how the name came to be, so "Who was Polly?" remains the million-dollar question till this day.
Turning right onto Stirling Well Road, you'll see the Peake Post Office right down the street on your left. Besides housing the town's mailing service, this 1912 building was also where the visiting dentist would extract, drill and fill patients' teeth - all on the front porch!
Also built in 1912 is the station master's house situated next to a railway line that opened six years earlier. Back in the day, station masters would be responsible for the safety and efficient running of their railway stations. Peake's final station master, aged 78, unfortunately passed away in this house.
In order to serve railway passengers, a bakehouse was opened as refreshment rooms across the road from the station. It operated until 1922 when the stone building was turned into a Baptist Church. Not far from the bakehouse is Peake's saddlery, butcher shop and local hall.
As the town grew, it became apparent that a new hall was needed, and therefore, fundraising efforts began. The Peake Memorial Hall was finally built in the 1960s. Its current location at the corner of Netherton Road and the highway cannot be missed. You'll find public toilets here too if you feel the urge to go. Polly's Well is straight ahead, hence concluding the loop walk.