Stanhope is a small farming community in Northern Victoria, Australia. Just prior to the first World War the government purchased some 16,000 acres of the Stanhope Estate. Following the war, the Soldier Settlement Commission settled returned soldiers on to small farms in the area. With the introduction of irrigation to these farms many of the farmers took up dairying.
Today, Stanhope is a small township servicing the surrounding farmers and their families. Alongside the many dairies remaining from the Post War period, there are many other forms of farming in the Stanhope area including wool and beef production, piggeries, orchards, tomato growing, horse breeding and training, and some cropping.