Coleraine - VIC

  Population - Town


DEG: -37.59827 141.69124
DMS: 37º 35' 53.77" S 141º 41' 28.46" E
UTM: 54 H 5838532mN 561019mE
Altitude: 89m


Place Type

Population - Population - Town


289.52kms West of Melbourne
406.13kms SouthEast of Adelaide
757.73kms NorthWest of Hobart

Address & Contact

Glenelg Hwy
Coleraine VIC 3315
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


Coleraine, a rural town in western Victoria, is on the Glenelg Highway 33 km north-west of the region's major town of Hamilton.

An associate of the pioneer family, the Hentys of Portland, took up pastoral occupation of the Coleraine area in 1839. He was John Bryan and, although staying there for only a year, his name continued as Bryan’s Creek Crossing, Coleraine’s first name.

The boundaries of several pastoral runs in the Squattocracy era - Muntham, Konongwootong, Koroite - converged near the future site of Coleraine, and tracks from Portland and Hamilton met there. In 1845 the Koroite Inn (named after a pastoral run) was opened, and a store was opened in 1848. Bryans Creek was surveyed as a township in 1853 and renamed Coleraine, after the township in Northern Ireland.

During the 1860s Coleraine’s population grew to about 700 people. It was the administrative centre for Wannon Shire (1872-1994). In 1888 a railway line was built from Hamilton to Coleraine. Coleraine’s population remained at about 700 until the beginning of the 1900s.

After 1900 a number of pastoral estates were subdivided and a second group of subdivisions occurred in the area in the 1920s (Melville Forest, Thurles and others). Some settlers were former members of the British Indian Army, and successful farming was infrequent. Soldier settlement after World War II met with greater success. The post World War I period, however, witnessed the formation of amenities such as bituminised roads, reticulated water and a bush nursing hospital (1930).

Coleraine’s population peaked in the 1960s while soldier-settlement and other farms obtained good wool prices. Between 1961 and 1991 the population fell by about one third. The railway to Hamilton closed in 1977. Wool and fat lambs have continued as the mainstay.

Coleraine is midway between the larger towns of Casterton and Hamilton, each about 30 km away. Coleraine's prosperity in good times appears to have been reduced in recent times by the proximity of these two larger towns.
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Closest Weather Station

Casterton at 11/05:00pm EST
Distance from Coleraine 31.51km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Casterton Showgrounds
Distance from Coleraine 24.49km W
Mean Max. °C27.127.324.520.516.714.213.414.616.319.021.824.4
Mean Min. °C11.812.
Mean Rain mm30.424.035.643.361.168.386.386.273.357.247.242.2

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