Have a picnic in the botanic gardens, immerse yourself in nature at Tower Hill State Game Reserve, go for a short drive to Killarney Beach and cast in a line, walk the extensive Rail Trail and take in the breathtaking scenery, go for a drive down the road to the beautiful seaside village of Port Fairy – there really is no shortage of experiences that await when you are located in Koroit.
The Heritage Trail
The town is home to stunning historic buildings which are included in the heritage trail. Visitors can pick up copies from local businesses and walk from point to point.
The Rail Trail
The 37 km scenic Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail passes through Koroit. Join the trail at the town’s former railway station and choose to head either towards Port Fairy or Warrnambool. Koroit is the mid-point of the trail. This is the best way to experience the surrounding countryside. The quaint town of Koroit is well worth a visit. The town has been hailed as one of Australia’s most complete examples of an early Irish settlement and has become renowned for its annual Koroit Irish Festival, which is held in April each year, and attracts thousands of visitors to the town. Step back in time as you take in the town’s stunning historic buildings and enjoy the sprawling botanic gardens, designed by William Guilfoyle.
Visit Mickey Bourke’s pub
Have a drink and some comforting pub grub at historical Mickey Bourke’s pub. Located in the main street, this iconic building is impossible to miss. Serving food and drink 7 days per week, and family friendly, this is a must visit whilst in Koroit.
Tower Hill State Game Reserve
Take a drive to Tower Hill, a state game reserve set on a dormant volcano. Here you can see a variety of native wildlife including emus, kangaroos, koalas and birds. The reserve includes a number of picturesque walks, barbeque and picnic facilities and the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre, which incorporates cultural displays and locally produced Aboriginal products.
Killarney beach is a recognised fishing spot. Fishers commonly catch whiting, snapper and flathead. Salmon are also regularly caught during the winter months and garfish are often caught in summer
The seaside town of Port Fairy is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations and has been internationally recognised as the world’s most liveable community. The town is located at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean and is a great spot for fishing. Griffith Island, which can be accessed on foot from Port Fairy, is also home to a colony of short-tailed shearwaters from late September to April. Port Fairy has a number of excellent swimming beaches and is renowned for its cafes, restaurants and boutique shopping.