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War memorial at Terang, at the entrance to the main street
Terang is located in Corangamite Shire
Coordinates38°14′0″S 142°56′0″E / 38.23333°S 142.93333°E / -38.23333; 142.93333Coordinates: 38°14′0″S 142°56′0″E / 38.23333°S 142.93333°E / -38.23333; 142.93333
Population2,288 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation131 m (430 ft)
LGA(s)Corangamite Shire
State electorate(s)Polwarth
Federal Division(s)Wannon
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
18.5 °C
65 °F
7.7 °C
46 °F
755.9 mm
29.8 in

Terang /təˈræŋ/[2] is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Corangamite and on the Princes Highway 212 kilometres (132 mi) south west of the state's capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Terang had a population of 1,824.[3] At the 2001 census, Terang had a population of 1,859.[4] The population of Terang has since risen according to the 2011 Census; the population is now 2,348, of which 1,155 are male and 1,193 are female, with the median age being 44.


Terang Church

The semi-nomadic Kirrae Wuurong clans originally inhabited the area between Mount Emu Creek and the Hopkins River, and much of their language was recorded by a Scottish squatter, James Dawson.[5]

The first dwelling in the township area was built in 1840 by Donald McNicol, and consisted of a slab hut on the east bank of Lake Terang.[6] The township was developed in the late 1850s, the post office opening on 1 March 1859.[7]

The railway though the town was opened in 1887.[8] From 1890 it was extended as part of Victoria's south-western line. The Mortlake line once branched from the town, opened in 1893 and closed in 1978. The local railway station is served by V/Line passenger services on the Warrnambool line.

The Terang Magistrates' Court closed on 1 January 1983.[9]

Avenues of trees were later planted and several of these are now under the protection of the National Trust.[citation needed] Other features of Terang include a Heritage Trail walk which points out the historic trees and many of the historic buildings and sights of the town.

Features to see are the historic post office with its clock tower (1903-4), the war memorial, the rose gardens with the band rotunda, and the town's first church (Bible Christian Church c.1863). The Thomson Memorial church is also a significant local structure. There is also an 18-hole golf course at the western entrance to the town.

Lake Terang[edit]

Lake Terang was a lake that on its shores the town was built. To the south of the town centre is a large peat bed unique to the region. In 1933, while dry, the peat bed began burning but became a shallow lake by the 1940s. The lake was drained in the 1960s[10] and the dried out lake floor is now used as a recreation area, for agriculture and as part of the Terang Golf Course.[11][12]

Lake Keilambete[edit]

Lake Keilambete is a maar lake 4 km north of the town. The lake is a circular body 1.8 km in diameter and an average depth of 11 m. The salinity is twice that of seawater.[13]


The town has an Australian Rules football team, Terang-Mortlake, playing in the Hampden Football League.[14]

Terang has a horse racing club, the Terang & District Racing Club, which schedules around eight race meetings a year including the Terang Cup meeting in October.[15]

Terang Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the town.[16]

Golfers play at the course of the Terang Golf Club on High Street. A course made famous by local professional Brook Salmon.[17]


Terang College is a school, established in 1848 as Terang Primary School. It educates more than 400 students from Prep to Year 12. It has two campuses, one located on the western (Warrnambool) side of the town while the other is located near Cobden Road, on Strong Street. The western campus houses years Prep to Grade 4 while the Cobden Road Campus has Years 5 - 12.

Terang main street

Notable citizens[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Terang (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Butler, S., ed. (2009). "Terang". Macquarie Dictionary (5th ed.). Sydney: Macquarie Dictionary Publishers Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-18-7642-966-9.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Terang (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Terang (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  5. ^ Girai Wurrung
  6. ^ R. A. McAlpine, p65, The Shire of Hampden 1863-1963, Morphet Press Print, 1982
  7. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  8. ^ Sid Brown (March 1990), "Tracks Across the State", Newsrail, Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division), pp. 71–76.
  9. ^ "Special Report No. 4 - Court Closures in Victoria" (PDF). Auditor-General of Victoria. 1986. p. 79. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  10. ^ the former Lake Terang that was drained for public health reasons in the early 1960s Archived 7 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Terang Park, Environmental Places of Interest - Corangamite Shire Council
  11. ^ Terang - Victoria - Australia - Travel, smh.com.au, ...Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet...spent much time studying the life in and around Lake Terang (now drained)...
  12. ^ Water returns to Lake Terang under revitalisation project, By Kate Zwagerman, 28 Jul 2015, The Standard
  13. ^ https://austhrutime.com/lake_keilambete.htm
  14. ^ Full Points Footy, Terang-Mortlake, archived from the original on 30 April 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008
  15. ^ Country Racing Victoria, Terang & District Racing Club, retrieved 30 September 2009
  16. ^ Australian Harness Racing, Terang, retrieved 11 May 2009
  17. ^ Golf Select, Terang, retrieved 11 May 2009

External links[edit]

Media related to Terang at Wikimedia Commons