Coleraine, Tourism Victoria

Population 992

Situated in Victoria's Western District, Coleraine is a small, picturesque town supported by wool and beef industries. A chocolate factory, the ultimate native garden and vintage cars are just a few of the intriguing prospects that await in Coleraine.

Visitor Information

Lonsdale St, Hamilton; 1800 807 056

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

Nearby towns

  • Casterton

    Casterton is a Roman name meaning 'walled city', given to the town because of the natural wall of hills surrounding the valley where it...more

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton is a prominent rural centre in the heart of a sheep-grazing district. This industry is such an important part of the town's economy...more

  • Dunkeld

    Dunkeld is considered the southern gateway to the Grampians, and its natural beauty has long been recognised since the explorer Major Thomas...more

In Town

Peter Francis Points Arboretum Two thousand species of native flora are found here, including 500 species of eucalyptus. 'The Points' sprawls up the hillside behind the town, with great views from the top, on Portland–Coleraine Rd. In town is the Eucalyptus Discovery Centre, designed to complement the arboretum and give an insight into the natural history and commercial applications of eucalypts. Whyte St.

Glenelg Fine Confectionery: immerse yourself in the rich aroma of German-style continental chocolates; tastings available; Whyte St.

Historic Railway Station: also site of the visitor centre, it displays and sells local arts and crafts; Pilleau St.

Coleraine Classic Cars: open by appt; Whyte St.


Bochara Wines: wine-tasting available Fri–Sun; Glenelg Hwy.

Glacier Ridge Redgum: gallery of wooden products for sale; open by appt.

Balmoral: historic township west of the Grampians; 49 km N. Nearby features include the Glendinning Homestead, just east of town, with gardens and a wildlife sanctuary. The town is also the gateway to Rocklands Reservoir, for watersports and fishing, and Black Range State Park, for bushwalking. It also holds the Balmoral Annual Show in Mar.

Fishing spots near town

Konong Wootong Reservoir 12 km

Coleraine in the Western District is in the heart of prime wool- growing country. The small town is famous for its chocolate factory, but less well known is the trout fishery in the picturesque 60 ha impoundment just out... Find out more

Nelson 78 km

The Glenelg River is situated at Nelson near the border with SA. The long river is one of the state’s premier fisheries for bream to 1.8 kg, estuary perch and mulloway to about 20 kg. Victoria has some excellent... Find out more

Portland 82 km

‘I reckon Portland is Victoria’s best kept angling secret,’ local angler Bob McPherson told me in 2004. At the time, I believed he was right. Within two years Portland was no longer a secret, becoming... Find out more

Lake Wartook 89 km

Drought and changes to irrigation have left dry many of Victoria’s former favourite fishing lakes. Drive through the cropping plains of the Wimmera and you come across once-famous lakes, including Toolondo,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Eccles National Park 59 km

At Mount Eccles you can walk for 2 kilometres around the rim of a volcanic crater then descend for a swim in the lake at its heart. It is a great spot for a picnic, with koalas and kangaroos, and the camping facilities... Find out more

Grampians National Park 71 km

There are many, many reasons to go to this remarkable 1680-square-kilometre national park: its spectacular spring wildflowers, its dramatic cliffs and sandstone features, its bushwalking, the stunning views from its... Find out more

Picnicking around Mount Gambier 84 km

Mount Gambier has some extraordinary picnic spots around collapsed caves that are now beautiful sinkhole gardens. Try Cave Gardens or the stunning Umpherston Sinkhole, which has free barbecues and good facilities.... Find out more

Indigenous tours, Grampians National Park 89 km

Brambuk, the Grampians National Park and Cultural Centre, houses an Aboriginal cultural centre explaining much of the history and stories associated with the area. There is also a bushfoods cafe, where you can try emu,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wannon River camping area 16 km

A short trail connects this campground with Wannon Falls, the end result of ancient lava flows, while another walking track leads to the nearby Thomas Clark Viewing Area, which also has views of the waterfall. The large... Find out more

Hiscocks Crossing camping area 42 km

A rewarding nature trail does a 2.5 km loop from this camping area along the Crawford River and through several types of forest. It’s located off The Boulevard. To get here, head north from Hotspur towards... Find out more

Glendinning camping area 43 km

This campground is on the south-western edge of Rocklands Reservoir. It’s permissible to collect firewood from the nearby Claude Austin State Forest for use here. Also nearby is the handsome Glendinning homestead,... Find out more

Henrys camping area 44 km

Henrys is a very basic campground located near the southernmost point of Rocklands Reservoir, where the shoreline of the sprawling water storage makes a ragged U-turn. From Henty Hwy, just south of Victoria Lagoon... Find out more

Fergusons camping area 46 km

The only boat ramp on the eastern shoreline of Rocklands Reservoir is at Fergusons, so it’s one of the area’s most popular sites when there’s enough water in the lake to make watersports possible. From... Find out more

Annya Camp camping area 48 km

This quiet spot is nestled in the forest just off the Portland–Casterton Rd, between Drumborg and Casterton. Plentiful shade is provided by the surrounding trees, while an abundance of sites on relatively level... Find out more

Brodies camping area 48 km

Brodies is a popular campground on the north-western shoreline of Rocklands Reservoir, between Black Range State Park and the Claude Austin State Forest. If the redfin aren’t biting here, head north to Toolondo... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 48 km

Those who want to go further afield than the established camping areas in Rocklands State Forests are permitted to go bush camping in the area. The only exceptions are where signage says otherwise. Contact the local... Find out more

Fort O’Hare camping area 51 km

Set on the northern bank of the Glenelg River in the low-key town of Dartmoor, this camping area is where canoeists set off on a popular 4 day, 75 km paddle through Lower Glenelg National Park to the river mouth beyond... Find out more

Fulham Streamside Reserve camping area 51 km

A 4WD vehicle is needed to reach this camping area. The access road is signposted off the Natimuk–Hamilton Rd, just south of Kanagulk. There are no facilities to speak of, but the campground’s pleasant... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Narrawong Holiday Park 73 km

This pretty park is in a fabulous, quiet beachside and riverfront position off the Princes Highway. Offering a range of accommodation, it is close to Portland and has good fishing and swimming, and a range of facilities... Find out more

Kywong Caravan Park 77 km

Located on the northern side of town, this large budget-priced park has good facilities. It is about 1.5 km from the centre of the small township. There is good value here. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

Henty Bay Beachfront Van and Cabin Park 78 km

This large, spacious park is located on the beachfront 6 km north-east of the centre of town. The park has a well-stocked shop with takeaway food and a good selection of fishing tackle and bait. Bookings are required at... Find out more

Portland Tourist Park 82 km

Set in a residential area of town about 1.6 km from the town centre, this owner operated park has good facilities and a corner store is conveniently located opposite the park. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter... Find out more

Kalganyi Holiday Park 82 km

This is a very good park set in a quiet, treed area on the northern outskirts of Mount Gambier. It has extensive facilities including ensuite sites. This is a good base from which to explore the Mount Gambier region.... Find out more

Blue Lake Holiday Park 86 km

Located south of the city centre, this wellshaded quality park adjoins the golf course and is adjacent to Mount Gambier’s premier attraction, the spectacular Blue Lake. This is a fabulous base for exploring the... Find out more

Halls Gap Caravan and Tourist Park 89 km

We find this large park ideal for a holiday at any time of the year and regularly stay here. Located in the centre of town, it is within easy reach of most of the area’s attractions and makes a good base for... Find out more

Big4 Grampians Parkgate Resort 90 km

This is a very good quality tourist park less than 1.5 km from Halls Gap. With great recreational facilities including a tennis court, this is a popular holiday destination and a great base from which to explore the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Grampians Eco YHA 90 km

At this eco-hostel you sleep under roof tiles that are actually solar panels. Any extra power generated is fed back to the electricity grid. The passive solar building, featuring rammed earth walls, also has solar... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wannon Falls camping area 16 km

T/O 17km E of Coleraine (L) or 18km NW of Hamilton (R)

Large grassed area 9km north of the highway at the falls lookout.

Nigretta Falls park area 22 km

T/O 17km E of Coleraine (L) or 18km NW of Hamilton (R)

Large grassed area 9km north of the highway at the falls lookout.

Casterton park area 25 km

At Casterton

Under shady trees on the eastern bank of the Glenelg River.

Branxholme park area 30 km

At Branxholme

Adjacent to the recreation area in the middle of town. 

Cavendish camping area 32 km

At Cavendish

Adjacent to the recreation area on the north side of town.

Annya Forest camping area 48 km

T/O 81km E of Mt Gambier (L) or 7km W of Heywood (R)

In the forest 7.5km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Fort O'Hare camping area 51 km

At Dartmoor

Under shady trees on the east side of town.

Glenelg River park area 52 km

33km SE of SA border (L) or 40km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Lake Surprise Camp Area 55 km

T/O at Port Fairy

Large campground located 48 kilometres north of the highway (9 kilometres east of Macarthur) in a pleasant open forest setting near Lake Surprise in Mount Eccles National Park. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

Hynes Reservoir camping area 55 km

T/O 41km N of Cavendish (L) or 64km S of Horsham (R)

Near the reservoir 9km west of the highway via Hynes Rd.

Penshurst park area 61 km

At Penshurst

Just off the highway and adjacent to the caravan park.

Buandik camping area 65 km

T/O 38km N of Cavendish (L) or 67km S of Horsham (R)

Secluded bush setting 9km (unsealed) east of the highway in Grampians National Park.

Pinnaster rest area 69 km

18km SE of Mt Gambier (L) or 70km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among the trees.

Fitzroy River rest area 69 km

23km E of Portland (R) or 48km W of Port Fairy (L)

Well off the highway under trees on the riverbank.

Cherrypool rest area 70 km

55km N of Cavendish (R) or 50km S of Horsham (L)

Just off the highway on the banks of a river. 

Nine Mile Creek rest area 70 km

41km E of Hamilton (R) or 33km W of Lake Bolac (L)

Just off the highway under some large trees.

The Sawpit camping area 71 km

T/O at Narrawong

In the forest 3km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Princess Margaret Rose Caves camping area 75 km

T/O 1km E of SA border (R) or 76km NW of Heywood (L)

Near the caves 10km (unsealed) south of the highway via Princess Margaret Rd in Lower Glenelg National Park.

Penola South rest area 77 km

12km S of Penola (R) or 39km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. 

Forestry Info rest area 78 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.

Greenrise Lake park area 79 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.

Mount Gambier Park Area 84 km

North-east side of town

Parking area at the Lady Nelson Visitor Information Centre.

Coonawarra rest area 84 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Smith Mill camping area 85 km

T/O to Halls Gap

In a natural bush setting in Grampians National Park. Located 18km north-west of Halls Gap via Nothern Grampians (Mt Victory), Lake Wartook and Old Mill rds.

Borough Huts camping area 86 km

T/O at Stawell to Halls Gap

Small area in Grampians National Park located 11km south of Halls Gap via Grampians Rd. Good facilities and shade in a natural bush setting. 

Father Woods rest area 87 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

Wickliffe park area 92 km

At Wickliffe

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Troopers Creek camping area 92 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Small area 42km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians  and Roses Gap rds.

What's on around town

Tour of Southern Grampians Cycling: Apr.

Coleraine Cup: Sept.

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