Lake Colac at Sunset

Colac is vibrant, friendly and has lots to offer

Colac is a friendly and bustling regional city of 12,000 people at the hub of Colac Otway Shire Council.

There is a strong sense of community where people take pride in their homes and gardens.

Good old-fashioned service is still on tap at the predominantly independent retail businesses which cover everything from food, fashion, furniture and gifts to tractor parts and new cars.

Because Colac supports hundreds of farms and more than 1,200 businesses, the town is well-served in terms of shops, banks, business services, transport, libraries and government departments.

The town flanks the southern shore of picturesque Lake Colac and is 138km south-west of Melbourne, 74km south-west of Geelong and a little over 100km south of Ballarat.

There are bus and train connections to all major centres.

Most people are employed in agriculture, forestry, wholesale and retail trade, transport, manufacturing and community services. The local job market remains buoyant.

Colac has a modern hospital which is considered a leader in the provision of rural healthcare. Colac Area Health provides emergency care 24 hours a day.

Education is provided by State and Catholic primary and high schools, with TAFE subjects on offer.

As the centre of the South West District, Colac’s history dates to 1837 when pastoralist Hugh Murray pitched camp on the edge of Barongarook Creek. The Shire has a rich history in terms of its farming and timber industries.

For more information about the region, visit the Colac Otway Shire Council website.