Moriac, Victoria

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General store and railway crossing on the main street
Moriac is located in Surf Coast Shire
Coordinates 38°14′S 144°10′E / 38.233°S 144.167°E / -38.233; 144.167Coordinates: 38°14′S 144°10′E / 38.233°S 144.167°E / -38.233; 144.167
Population 594 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3240
LGA(s) Surf Coast Shire
State electorate(s) South Barwon
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Localities around Moriac:
Mount Moriac Mount Moriac Mount Moriac
Modewarre Moriac Freshwater Creek
Modewarre Paraparap Paraparap

Moriac is a rural town in Victoria, Australia, located approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Geelong. It forms part of the Surf Coast Shire. At the 2006 census, Moriac had a population of 594.[1]

The town was surveyed in the 1920s as a village that had developed around the Moriac railway station on the Port Fairy line. The station had been provided to serve the adjacent community of Mount Moriac. The railway through Moriac opened in 1876, followed by the Wensleydale branch line which junctioned with the main line just past Moriac. The branch line opened in 1890 and closed in 1948.[2] A Post Office had opened on 1 August 1854 as Duneed, and was renamed Mount Moriac in 1864 and Moriac in about 1909.[3]

The town was initially slow to develop, but has grown to house a population of several hundred. Though still heavily rural in nature, the town now largely serves as a satellite village of Geelong, with many residents travelling into the city to work.

The town is home to Moriac Primary School, which has approximately 250 students, a hotel, and a small shop. It also has a kindergarten. The railway station was closed in October 1981.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Moriac (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Sid Brown (March 1990). "Tracks Across the State". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). pp. 71–76. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11.