Towns and Villages

Terang

Lined with 19th Century buildings and 100-year-old trees
Terang is a town rich in hardy early pioneering spirit

How to get to Terang

Bandstands and Grandstands

Located 2.5 hours from Melbourne, Terang is one of the oldest rural towns in the state and is noted for its grand, historic trees, many more than 100 years old and National Trust classified. Terang is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “a twig with leaves”.

Take a ride out north of town on a 5km trail that connects Terang to the charming village of Noorat nestled at the foot of the volcanic cone and deep crater of Mount Noorat.

Why not plan a trip around a horse racing meeting, enjoy country racing at it’s finest in the shadow of a heritage listed grandstand or come and take in Terang’s Country Music Festival held every March?

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Terang Dry Lake Walk

An interesting trail that chronicles the science and history of the dry lake bed situated on the pretty lowland of the town’s southern edge.

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Terang and Noorat Bike Trail

This is a great trail with views north towards Mount Noorat and south towards the rise of Terang and its distinctive crown of deciduous trees.

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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.

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Mount Noorat Walk

The Alan Marshall Discovery Trail is one of Australia’s best preserved dry craters, offering commanding views of surrounding peaks on the volcanic plain. Mount Noorat is a dry volcanic crater, standing 310 metres above sea level, while the base of the crater is lower than the level of the surrounding plain. The mount was a traditional meetings and bartering place for the local Aboriginal people and was named after an Aboriginal Elder – Ngoora.

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Fishing local Rivers

From the volcanic plains and Otway Ranges to the coast, our rivers and streams traverse a landscape of lakes, conical peaks, rainforest and coastal woodland on their journey to the sea. Take some time and throw in a line.

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Lake Elingamite

The crater rim above the lake offers great views and a strong impression of the volcanic nature of the lake. There is a boat ramp and jetty which can be a little difficult to access in low water levels. Bank fishing is difficult in most conditions but is possible from a jetty near the boat ramp.

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Lake Bookaar

Lake Bookaar offers good bird watching opportunity over spring and summer presided over by the bulk of nearby Mount Elephant.

History and Horses

If you have a passion for either you should visit Terang – located in the Western District of Victoria.

Terang has a long standing connection with horse racing; Horse Racing (Gallops) and Harness Racing (Trots) have clubs established here more than a century ago. Terang is a National Trust Town of Historic Trees. A Heritage Trail of the town takes you past numerous impressive buildings constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These include buildings such as the Thompson Memorial Church; the Post office and Clock Tower; the Band Rotunda and the Railway Station.

The Historic Iron Grandstand at the Terang Race course was built late in the 19th Century. The Terang Dry Lake Bed is home to numerous sporting organisations including the Mount Emu Creek Pony Club.

Let's Jump puddles

Take a walk up Mount Noorat on the Alan Marshall Walking Track and you will have sweeping views of the area which forms part of the setting of the famous Australian novel –“I can jump puddles”. Alan Marshall was born and spent his early years in Noorat and his novel is a thinly disguised autobiography of those early years.

Ralph Illidge Sanctuary

The Ralph Illidge Sanctuary is Private Property Owned by The Trust For Nature (Victoria).
It is Managed by The Friends Of Ralph Illidge Sanctuary Inc.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.