the main provincial centre of the Otways hinterland.
With a population of some 11,000, the town is located
on the shores of the expansive Lake Colac, popular
for water sports and surrounded by rich farming land.
Colac is also on the edge of the geologically fascinating
western volcanic pains. Look out for the miles of
dry stone walls built during the 1860s by the immigrant
workers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Colac’s
lovely 15 ha. botanic gardens were designed by William
Colac offers many different accommodation options,
and a number of excellent cafes/restaurants and hotels,
it also boasts an arts centre with cinema, and is
linked by rail to the major cities of Warrnambool,
Geelong and Melbourne.
known as a timber and farming area, Gellibrand is
a small country town located at the foot of the Otway
Ranges, on the Old Beechy railway line, which is now
a popular walk, and set close to the Gellibrand River,
which is famed for its blackfish. . Gellibrand has
an excellent camping ground,pub and the Gellibrand
General Store which serves a great coffee and baked
food. It is a peaceful place to enjoy a couple of
days or longer exploring the diverse surroundings
the region has to offer.
Gellibrand is on the Colac/Lavers Hill Road.