Towns and Villages


Blessed with rich volcanic soils lakes and wetlands, discover why early settlers made Derrinallum their home over 150 years ago.

Derrinallum lies at the foot of one of Victoria’s most significant volcanic peaks, Mount Elephant, which can be seen from 60km in all directions.  The picturesque township is a hub for the local farming community and is surrounded by lakes, grazing cattle, sheep, canola fields and a network of dry stone walls.

Derrinallum is 2 hours west of Melbourne and 1 hour from Geelong, Warrnambool and Ballarat, and is located just west of the main arterial road network that connects the Great Ocean Road with the Goldfields region around Ballarat to the north.

The town’s growth and early pastoral history are connected to the wool industry, with Derrinallum an important stop on the historic Wool Track between Hamilton and the Port of Geelong.

How to get to Derrinallum

Around & About

Dry Stone Walls

Western Victoria has up to 3,000km of the most dramatic and accomplished dry stone walls in Australia, historically and culturally significant, diverse in form and style. Many are visible along our roads and highways.


Lake Tooliorook

Picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore. The lake offers good fishing and boating amenity and superb views across to Mount Elephant (near Derrinallum).


Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Follow meandering roads north from the coast to explore sublime volcanic landscapes and charming inland towns. Enjoy the contrast of conical peaks and deep crater lakes that punctuate the even carpet of rolling farmland. Dry Stone walls dissect the landscape, an aesthetic and practical solution to farm a landscape strewn with scoria. Charming towns with well preserved buildings and tended avenues of elm, oak and plane provide visions of England on volcanic plain.


Deep Lake Recreation Reserve

Deep Lake is just 4.5km from the beautiful township of Derrinallum in South West Victoria and is located just off the Hamilton Highway. The Lake offers spectacular views of Mount Elephant and has toilets, boat launching facilities and a state of the art floating jetty.



Emerald winter landscapes, charming historic towns and country hospitality ice the cake for a weekend or week long fishing adventure. Visit a local bait and tackle supplier for advice on preferential baits, rigs and lures for local conditions.

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