Discover Coleraine

Passion. History. Nostalgia. Colour. Charm.

Chocolates, history, waterfalls and a botanists’ paradise. Coleraine will lift your soul.

 

The rolling hills and natural grasslands of Coleraine were dubbed ‘Australia Felix’, meaning Fortunate Land, by European explorer, Major Thomas Mitchell.  And rightly so. This charming town will take you on a nostalgic journey of delightful discoveries, just don’t forget your camera.

For anyone with a pulse, the Chocolate Factory is not to be missed. The sweet aroma of chocolate when you walk through the doors is only surpassed by the warmth of the chocolatiers, ready to serve you. Not only is it a must-do in Coleraine, but it should be your first stop as you explore the town.

A stroll along Bryan’s Creek up to the Peter Francis Points Arboretum, is guaranteed to lift your soul with plants flowering throughout the year, creating a festival of colour.  It is home to Australia’s Official Eucalypt Collection, thanks to a lifetime of work by Peter Francis and is certainly worthy of a visit.

Coleraine’s main street celebrates history with their beautifully decorated murals, telling stories of years gone by. A stroll will capture your heart, your mind, and an Instagram pic or two.

An easy drive will have you discovering two boastful waterfalls, Wannon and Nigretta Falls. Both can be seen in their full glory from well positioned viewing platforms. Breath-taking? Yes they are.

Konongwootong Reservoir, just North of Coleraine holds immense significant Aboriginal cultural heritage values and provides a place of reflection to pay respect for the difficult indigenous conflict from settler history.  It is aptly referred to as ‘The Quiet Place’ with a memorial constructed in 2014 to commemorate and evoke contemplation for the lives lost at this site.

The hills are alive in this quaint town, so discover more of Coleraine on your next visit to the Greater Hamilton region.

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Konongwootong Reservoir

Konongwootong Reservoir

Konongwootong Reservoir, located 10 minutes north of Coleraine, is recognised for its indigenous heritage and is a popular site for fishing, walking, bird watching and passive recreation. Built in 1926 to supply water to the townships of Casterton and Coleraine, the...

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Four of the Finest – A Coleraine Event Guide

Four of the Finest – A Coleraine Event Guide

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Historic Coleraine

Historic Coleraine

There is a piece of history to discover around every corner in Coleraine.  With a settled history dating back 200 years and an Aboriginal history dating back thousands of years, Coleraine is a country town steeped in stories of former days.   The story of...

Festival of Colours

Festival of Colours

A lifetime's work, a living library, a festival of colours; The Peter Francis Points Arboretum (aka The Points) has long been regaling visitors and locals of Coleraine.  Spanning across an impressive 100 acres, The Points is home to one of the largest collections of...

An Insider’s Guide to Coleraine

An Insider’s Guide to Coleraine

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Konongwootong Reservoir

Konongwootong Reservoir

Konongwootong Reservoir, located 10 minutes north of Coleraine, is recognised for its indigenous heritage and is a popular site for fishing, walking, bird watching and passive recreation. Built in 1926 to supply water to the townships of Casterton and Coleraine, the...

Bochara Wines

Bochara Wines

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Nigretta Falls

Nigretta Falls

A short detour from the Glenelg Highway around 20km from Hamilton, Nigretta Falls is a volcanic-based waterfall fed by the Wannon River. An observation deck allows views of the water fall from the parking and picnic grounds while the stairs take visitors to the base,...

Wannon Falls

Wannon Falls

Located just 20km from Hamilton and around 15 km from Coleraine, the Wannon Falls present a spectacular display of water flowing down the falls into a deep plunge pool below. The falls were created by basalt lava flow that surged up stream to the Wannon River. A...

National Hotel

National Hotel

National Hotel is centrally located in the main street. Experience country hospitality over lunch or dinner or a cold refreshing drink. Accommodation is available, all rooms with shared bathroomsCONTACT phone. 03 5575 206470 Whyte Street, Coleraine

The Peter Francis Points Arboretum

The Peter Francis Points Arboretum

Located only a few minutes from the centre of town, The Peter Francis Points Arboretum or ‘The Points’, is a 37-hectare nature conservation reserve with a native Australian plant collection. With more than 10,000 recorded plants, from young growth through to mature...

Glenelg Fine Chocolates

Glenelg Fine Chocolates

 Irresistible, traditional, handmade chocolates.   Step into Glenelg Fine Chocolates, say hello to Erika and be immersed in the rich aroma of German style continental chocolates. Her truffles and creams are not only ardently handmade but are also produced using no...

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre

The Coleraine Tourist Information Centre is housed in the Historic Railway Station at the end of a branch line from Hamilton to Coleraine. Opened in 1888, two trains daily carried wool, skins, butter and passengers. It eventually closed in 1977. The Station was...

Coleraine Classic Cars

Coleraine Classic Cars

Located in an original working garage left as it was used, you can experience every aspect of a well-oiled vehicle. There are currently 40 Cars and 15 Motorbikes on display. Groups and individulas are welcome to come and enjoy the experience.CONTACT phone. 03 5575...

What’s On

Hamilton parkrun

Saturday, 05 September 2020,  Hamilton

This event is cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Please check directly with the event organiser for current event details. Hamilton parkrun is a free, weekly five kilometre timed run, wa...

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History in Action at the Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Saturday, 10 October 2020,  Hamilton

Rediscover the wonders of the past the Hamilton Pastoral Museum's weekend of History in Action, featuring grass cutting apparatus for lawn and field. Walk the period streetscape, investigate the dis...

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3 Peaks Festival

Saturday, 31 October 2020,  Dunkeld

3 Peaks Festival is an outdoor market in Dunkeld showcasing unique local crafts, gourmet food, boutique beer, local wine, live music and great kids activities. This popular festival is the perfect fa...

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Anglican Parish Church of Hamilton Annual Fete

Saturday, 07 November 2020,  Hamilton

Annual book fair fundraiser also including stalls laden with plants and garden treasures, foods including cakes, slices and Christmas Puddings, children's activities, a scrumptious morning tea, music,...

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When you step into the Glenelg Fine Chocolate Shop in the quaint town of Coleraine, you are completely immersed in the rich, vibrant smell of chocolate deliciousness.  Visitors are always welcomed with a warm smile and friendly service and often the delightful European charm or Erika, the owner.

Erika, and her late husband were motivated by the ‘adventure’ when they moved from Germany to Melbourne and after spending some time in the bustling metro, they looked further afar for a ‘tree change’ in Southern Grampians – where they opened the chocolate factory and raised their family.  And we’re thankful they did as they create on-site, the best chocolate around.

 The varieties are endless from coffee, strawberry, peppermint… or Erika’s personal favourite, aniseed. 

A visit to the Glenelg Fine Chocolate shop feels like a warm hug.  And the delightful chocolates are hand made, with love, from their family to yours. It’s worth a stop.

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