Mortlake, Tourism Victoria

Population 1830

Terang is in a fertile dairy-farming district. It is a well-laid-out town with grand avenues of deciduous trees, and is known throughout the state for its horseracing carnivals.

Visitor Information

Old Courthouse, 22 High St; (03) 5592 1984.

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

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

Nearby towns

  • Camperdown

    Located at the foot of Mount Leura, a volcanic cone, Camperdown is more famous for its natural attractions than for the town itself, being...more

  • Warrnambool

    Warrnambool lies at the end of the Great Ocean Road on a notorious section of coastline that has seen over 80 shipwrecks. The best known was...more

  • Port Campbell

    This peaceful seaside resort – the base of a small crayfishing industry – is in the centre of Port Campbell National Park on the...more

In Town

Cottage Crafts Shop: in the old courthouse on High St.

District Historical Museum: old railway station and memorabilia; open 3rd Sun each month; Princes Hwy.

Lions Walking Track: 4.8 km, beside dry lake beds and majestic old trees; begins behind Civic Centre on High St.

Historic buildings: many examples of early-20th-century commercial architecture. A Gothic-style Presbyterian church is in High St.


Demo Dairy: demonstrates dairy-farming practices; Princes Hwy, 4 km W.

Lake Keilambete: 2.5 times saltier than the sea and reputed to have therapeutic properties; must obtain permission to visit as it is surrounded by private land; 4 km NW.

Modelbarn Australia: collection of model cars, boats and planes; open by appt; 6209 Princes Hwy; (03) 5592 1592 or 0407 052 227; 5 km E.

Noorat: birthplace of Alan Marshall, author of I Can Jump Puddles. The Alan Marshall Walking Track here involves a gentle climb to the summit of Mt Noorat, an extinct volcano, with excellent views of the crater, the surrounding district and the Grampians; 6 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Bullen Merri 16 km

Lake Bullen Merri at Camperdown is less than 20 mins drive from Lake Purrumbete. A deep, volcanic lake with saline water, it is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, Atlantic and Chinook salmon, and Australian bass.... Find out more

Lake Purrumbete 27 km

The bulk of the serious trout-fishing action in Victoria is in the Western District crater lakes. Of these, Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown ranks in the top half a dozen trout lakes in the state in terms quality,... Find out more

Peterborough 38 km

Peterborough has beach and estuary fishing. The estuary system is Curdies River, a noted bream river with fish to 1.5 kg common. The best place to access the river is upstream at a place called Boggy Creek – a name... Find out more

Warrnambool 42 km

Warrnambool is a big, tidy city. It’s a great place to take the family for a holiday, particularly if you have fishing on your mind. All forms of angling are available, but the most popular water is the Hopkins... Find out more

Gellibrand River 55 km

A little further west from Aire River are Castle Cove and Johanna Beach; both produce fishing similar to the beach at Aire River. There is also good beach fishing at Princetown, at the mouth of the Gellibrand River. ... Find out more

Lake Bolac 57 km

One of my favourite fishing activities after a hot summer day is to wander along the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong, casting lures for redfin. Redfin are feisty, competitive fish that bite readily and taste great.... Find out more

Port Fairy 62 km

Port Fairy is an unimposing historic seaport between Warrnambool and Portland. While it might come across as a sleepy, seaside resort, Port Fairy always seems to attract exciting piscatorial headlines. During the 1960s... Find out more

Aire River 79 km

This area comprises estuary, surf and freshwater on the west side of Cape Otway. Aire River nestles in a valley along the foothills of the Otways. To get there, follow the Great Ocean Road past the Cape Otway turn-off,... Find out more

Apollo Bay 87 km

Apollo Bay has a diversity of angling options, including river, estuary, surf and offshore. You can also fish from the rocks or in the sheltered harbour. Anglers who come here seek everything from brown trout and bream... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking at Lake Pertobe Reserve 41 km

Lake Pertobe Reserve on Warrnambool’s foreshore is known as one of the best adventure playgrounds around, with plenty for kids of all ages. There are paddleboats and canoes, a maze and flying fox, free barbecues... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling - Port Campbell, Peterborough and Warrnambool 43 km

Best known in diving circles for its multitude of shipwrecks, most of which are reached by boat dives, this area also has some great snorkelling and shore dives. Recommended spots include the Port Campbell jetty, Wild... Find out more

Canoeing on Lake Elizabeth 80 km

For a fantastic dawn or dusk paddle in which you have a 95 per cent chance of seeing a platypus, join Otway Eco Tours on Lake Elizabeth. Half-day trips to this remote lake in the ranges depart from the small hamlet of... Find out more

Sea-kayaking in Marengo Marine Sanctuary 88 km

In an exciting two-hour guided paddle, head out from Apollo Bay to Marengo Marine Sanctuary to get a close-up view of an Australian fur-seal colony. The seals often come out to swim around the kayaks.... Find out more

Mount Eccles National Park 89 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

Golf courses around town

Port Fairy Golf Club 57 km

An endearing quality of the great links layouts of Britain and Ireland is their natural setting. Wild, windswept holes rolling between sand dunes that have stood tall for centuries are the norm. The links of Port... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck) 27 km

Scott and Vanessa Wilson-Browne are another couple of ‘ale changers’ who swapped busy Melbourne careers to move to the country, bring up their young family, and brew and market craft ales. Along the way, they... Find out more

Flying Horse Brewery 38 km

Whales and ales are now the twin attractions for the pretty seaside Victorian city of Warrnambool, following the development of the sprawling Flying Horse Bar & Brewery complex by joint owners Matt Monk, Matt Stewart... Find out more

Otway Estate Brewery 61 km

Located 12 kilometres from Colac, Otway Estate Winery was established in 1983, specialising in cool-climate wines; a microbrewery was added in 2007. Head brewer Luke Scott oversees the production of up to 15 different... Find out more

Campsites around town

Camperdown Lakes and Craters Holiday Park 17 km

This scenic park is wedged between a pair of extinct volcano craters. Part of one crater has been flooded by Lake Bullen Merri, which is perfect for watersports such as sailing, waterskiing and swimming. The scenery is... Find out more

Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park 27 km

Lake Purrumbete is a prime destination for anglers chasing chinook salmon and rainbow and brown trout, as attested to by the heavy-duty boat ramps and jetties at the caravan park. The park is on the foreshore at the... Find out more

Warrnambool Holiday Park 39 km

Filled with amenities, this holiday park is situated 2 km east of the centre of Warrnambool. Within its confines you’ll find a reasonable number of sites shaded by large trees, as well as a playground, a pool and a... Find out more

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park 41 km

Situated at Peterborough on the Great Ocean Rd, 12 km west of Port Campbell and within easy reach of the Twelve Apostles, is the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park. It’s next to the tranquil Curdies Inlet, which offers... Find out more

Surfside Holiday Park 42 km

Across the road from this campground is a huge family-friendly park, centred on a lake and festooned with playgrounds. Nearby is the Merri River, beyond which you’ll find the enticing sheltered waters of Stingray... Find out more

Port Campbell Holiday Park 42 km

It’s only a short drive from Port Campbell east down the Great Ocean Rd to the landmark Twelve Apostles, a spectacular but slowly diminishing offshore grouping of limestone towers sculpted over countless centuries... Find out more

Princetown Recreation Reserve 54 km

This campground has its fair share of peace and quiet, but the main reason for staying near Princetown is the fact that the beautiful Twelve Apostles are only a few minutes to the west of the tiny settlement by car.... Find out more

Killarney Beach Camping Reserve 55 km

Killarney Beach has grassy, sheltered campsites. There’s safe swimming here, while the surrounding rural region is notable for its peacefulness. A short drive east is Tower Hill Reserve, a shallow crater of an... Find out more

Lake Bolac Caravan Park 58 km

Located 100 km west of Ballarat, Lake Bolac is popular with watersports enthusiasts when the water level is deep enough. The caravan park is situated on the lake foreshore, accessed off the Glenelg Hwy. All the park... Find out more

Lake Colac Caravan Park 60 km

When its water levels are high, the namesake body of water next to the town of Colac, 73 km west of Geelong on the Princes Hwy, is used for all manner of watersports: from swimming and sailing to waterskiing. The caravan... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Camperdown Lakes and Craters Holiday Park 17 km

Perched on the rim of a crater lake high above Camperdown and adjoining the botanical gardens, this park has a fabulous outlook. It offers basic facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at Christmas and... Find out more

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park 41 km

Situated just off the Great Ocean Road at the mouth of the Curdies River, this park is popular with those keen on fishing. It is just a short walk from the centre of town and the beach and has good facilities. Bookings... Find out more

Fig Tree Holiday Village 41 km

Centrally located about 600 metres from main shopping precinct, this is a very good quality and good value park in a quiet off-highway position. It has a heated indoor pool and a tennis court but cannot fit big rigs.... Find out more

Surfside Holiday Park – Warrnambool 42 km

This is a large, very good-quality council-owned park right on the beachfront. Great for a family beachside holiday, the park has good facilities and is just 1 km from the city centre and close to Flagstaff Hill.... Find out more

Port Campbell Holiday Park 42 km

This park is in a scenic location close to the centre of town and adjoining the beach. It is privately managed but forms part of the national park. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Warrnambool 43 km

Across the road from the beach, this well kept park is ideal for a holiday or just a few days away. With its excellent facilities, including a popular undercover camp kitchen and a movie room, the park can be busy.... Find out more

Port Fairy Gardens Caravan Park 61 km

This is a large council-owned park about 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre and just 200 metres from the beach, with level grassy sites, good amenities and a tennis court. Bookings are required at Christmas,... Find out more

Belfast Cove Caravan Park 62 km

This is a lovely boutique park with magnificent gardens. It has very good facilities including a tennis court and a boat parking area. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-stay... Find out more

BIG4 Port Fairy 62 km

This quality, owner-operated park has large shade trees and informal grassy sites, and is conveniently located alongside the Princes Highway just 1.5 km from the town centre. The park has very good amenities including... Find out more

Pisces Holiday Park 86 km

With a range of accommodation and a great outlook, this quality park is on a rise overlooking the sea. It is 1.5 km to the town centre and only a short stroll to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology 83 km

There are not many better-thought-out ecotourism ventures than this superb multi-award-winning facility on Cape Otway. It has its own 66-hectare wildlife refuge and doubles as a shelter for injured and orphaned wildlife,... Find out more

Apollo Bay Youth Hostel 87 km

This relatively new hostel was built with an eco-friendly design, including thermal storage banks and other passive solar heating and cooling. It also has solar hot water, rainwater tanks, a worm farm, drought-tolerant... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mortlake park area 20 km

At Mortlake

Adjacent to the highway, in the middle of town.

Peterborough park area 41 km

At Peterborough

On the foreshore, just off the highway.

Deep Lake camping area 41 km

T/O at Derrinallum

Large grassed area among trees on the edge of the lake. Located 4km north of the highway via Chatsworth Rd.

Derrinallum park area 42 km

At Derrinallum

Adjacent to the highway, in the middle of town.

Lake Tooliorook camping area 43 km

T/O at Lismore

Large grassed area among trees on the edge of the lake 5km south of Lismore.

Lismore park area 49 km

At Lismore

Just off the highway next to the swimming pool. On the east side of town.

Twelve Apostles park area 49 km

86km W of Apollo Bay (R) or 10km E of Port Campbell (L)

Just off the highway at the interpretive centre near the lookout.

Killarney Beach camping area 55 km

T/O at Killarney

Near the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

East Beach camping area 58 km

T/O 3km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 48km W of Skipton (L)

On the shores of the lake 3km south of the highway.

Picnic Point camping area 58 km

T/O at Lake Bolac

Under shady trees on the shores of the lake 2km south-east of the highway via Mortlake and Frontage rds.

Colac park area 60 km

At Colac

Just off the highway under shady trees in the middle of town.

Fishermans Point camping area 60 km

T/O 3km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 48km W of Skipton (L)

On the shores of the lake 500m south of the highway.

Lake Bolac rest area 60 km

2km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 49km W of Skipton (L)

Just off the highway under trees on the shores of the lake.

Wickliffe park area 63 km

At Wickliffe

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Penshurst park area 69 km

At Penshurst

Just off the highway and adjacent to the caravan park.

Johanna Beach camping area 70 km

T/O 38km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 57km E of Port Campbell (R)

Near the beach 5km south of the highway via Red Johanna Rd in Otway National Park.

Nine Mile Creek rest area 77 km

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

Just off the highway under some large trees.

Winchelsea park area 79 km

At Winchelsea

On the riverbank via Barton Tce.

Aire River West camping area 79 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

In Otway National Park. Open area located over a bridge 1km past Aire River East camping area.

Aire River East camping area 79 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

Among trees 5.5km south of the highway via Hordern Vale Rd in Otway National Park. 

Apollo Bay park area 87 km

At Apollo Bay

At the information centre on the foreshore.

Woady Yaloak Creek rest area 89 km

26km E of Skipton (L) or 6km W of Smythesdale (R)

Surrounded by scrub just off the highway.

Lake Surprise Camp Area 90 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.

What's on around town

Terang Cup: Nov.

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