About Casterton

Casterton is a historic rural town situated on the banks of the Glenelg River in Victoria, in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. Situated 352km west of Melbourne and 63kms west of Hamilton and 45mins to Mount Gambier just over the SA border. It is the ‘Birthplace of the Kelpie’ breed with an annual Queens Birthday ‘Australian Kelpie Muster’, Australian Kelpie Centre and Kelpie Walking Trail along the banks of the Glenelg River.

Casterton offers a unique experience for those that seek space, appreciate history and stunning scenery. Green valleys, untouched bush trails, an abundance of natural beauty and a unique heritage add to the charm and authenticity of this township.

Casterton Kelpie Country – 52 Great Weekends No. 41
Some sights from Henty Street, Casterton.

What Is Casterton Famous For?

Casterton is the ‘Birthplace of the Kelpie’ breed and an annual event, the ‘Australian Kelpie Muster’, held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June celebrates this iconic Australian and the rich heritage of the town.

Tourist Promotion
Casterton Train Station

Is Casterton A Nice Place To Live?

Casterton has a vibrant and close-knit community, with many clubs, schools and facilities available for the locals and visitors. Several major community events are held on an annual basis and smaller community events held monthly, many held by the Old Courthouse Community Centre.

Kelpie Festival
Anzac Day 1960

What Is The Population Of Casterton?

As of the 2021 Census, the Casterton population was 1707 with a median age of 58. In 2016, the population was 1668 and in 2011 it was 1764. There’s lots more interesting numbers at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Kelpie Walking Trails

Meandering gently around town, the Kelpie Walking Trail links 5 unique sculptures revealing the fascinating life and times of the Kelpie. The statues feature interpretive signage and the walker can choose from three routes. Route 1 will take you via the main shopping district with its heritage-themed streetscape. Route 2 is slightly longer and takes in some wonderful River Red-Gums and riverbank. Route 3 comprises the River Walking Trail along the beautiful banks of the Glenelg River.

Kelpie Walking Trail
Bridge over the Wannon River at Casterton
Casterton Pictorial
Casterton’s new Australian Kelpie Centre
Casterton Street Drags

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