Colac, the largest town in the district, is built aside the huge Lake Colac and on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park. This busy town centre services the surrounding villages and rural areas. Colac has a rich farming and forestry history and is the perfect central location to explore the Otways.

Less than a 2 hour drive from Melbourne and central to spectacular elements of the Great Ocean Road.

Retail offerings in Colac range from quaint country gift shops, antique dealers and specialty shops through to major brands and department stores. There are also monthly community markets and other events on throughout the year.

The local botanic gardens are beautiful and the lake area boasts a great range of wildlife.

To make the most of your stay, be sure to check what you can do, where you can stay and where you can eat when visiting Colac.

Art & Culture

Colac is a place where creativity meets regional life. Find Galleries, theatres and makers markets where local artists are showcased.

Lake Colac

Discover Lake Colac, the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria. Teaming with bird life and surrounded by walking and bike paths, viewing platforms – even a beach.

Colac Botanic Gardens

The Colac Botanic Gardens offer a secluded and magical spot for families and flora enthusiasts. Detour from the highway to be delighted.

Boutique Shopping

Discovery a wide range of independent shops and boutiques. Fashion, art & design, books and gifts can be discovered in Murray Street shops.

Feast on regional flavours

From lakeside dining to bakeries, cafes and restaurants, Colac offers a fusion of traditional fare and multicultural flavours, sourced from the rich rural surrounds.

Discover dormant volcanoes

Red Rock Lookout is just a few minutes drive from Colac. Overlooking Lake Corangamite, this is your panoramic introduction to the Volcanic Lakes and Plains, the world’s 3rd largest Volcanic landscape

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.