Mansfield is at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range about 180km north east from Melbourne. The area is well known for its scenery with forests and grazing land to be found.
Mansfield was once a stock route camp and there are several historical buildings that date back to this period. High street and Highett Street meet in the town center and where they meet is a marble monument from 1880 that commemorates a group of constables killed by Ned Kelly.
Mansfield is well known as a place for tourists who are on their way to the ski resorts of Mount Buller or Mount Stirling.
Lake Nillahcootie is about 25km north of Mansfield on the Midland Highway. It is a man made lake built in 1968 for irrigation. The lake provides picnic and BBQ facilities and is quite popular for fishing and swimming.
There is a national park that surrounds Lake Eildon and about 20km west of town is Brankeet Inlet near Bonnie Doon.
Howes Creek and Goughs bay are two small communities that are beside the lake.