About Casterton

Casterton Main StreetCasterton is a rural town of about 2,000 people, located 377km west of Melbourne on the Glenelg Highway. Situated in a predominantly sheep farming area, with many stud farms surrounding the township, Casterton is the birthplace of the popular sheepdog breed the Kelpie – hence the area’s nickname “Kelpie Country”. One of the town’s major annual events is the Kelpie Festival, which is held each year on the long weekend in June.

 (Photo courtesy Glenelg Shire Council) 

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The GGT UDRH provides students with the opportunity to participate in orientation tours in a number of towns within the Greater Green Triangle region. These tours are free and are undertaken by local councils and health organisations.

Orientation tours help students familiarise themselves with a town's layout and the availability and location of facilities and services, such as supermarkets, ATM's and banks, post offices, sporting and recreational facilities, cinemas and the like. They also give students some insight into the local community and a chance to ask any questions they might have about the region or their town of placement.

Health Services

The Casterton Memorial Hospital provides a health care facility to the community of Casterton and surrounding district, serving a population base of approximately 4,000. The hospital maintains an excellent physical facility that is well staffed to ensure a high standard of service. The Hospital strives to achieve it's mission of community health and well-being through provision of acute, aged care, primary care and community-based services in a friendly and caring environment.

Casterton Memorial Hospital
63-69 Russell St
Casterton, Victoria 3311
Ph: (03) 5554 2555

Department of Health Victoria  Gateway to a range of health information for the community and health professionals, including links to the Better Health Channel, publications, food safety alerts, public hospitals and health services statistics, aged care resources, career information and employment opportunties.

Great South Coast Medicare Local Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) is a new, national government funded not-for-profit company which has been established to spearhead an organised system for primary health care across the country through a network of 61 primary health care organisations called Medicare Locals (MLs). AML Alliance and MLs have been established as part of the National Health Reform and, together with Local Hospital Networks, form a critical part of a new arrangement for locally governing health.

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FoodWorks in Henty Street is the main supermarket in Casterton. Business hours are 7.00am - 9.00pm daily. There is also a selection of speciality shops open Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.


A variety of take away venues and cafes for the more casual/relaxed meal can be found around the town. The majority of these are located on Henty Street.

Sports, Recreation and Tourism

Island Park in Casterton is where you will find the sport facilities for swimming, football, netball, tennis, bowls and croquet. There is also great fishing and BBQ areas along the Glenelg River which runs through the centre of town.

Casterton is set amongst rolling hills and gum trees and local attractions include The Bluff, a landslip with magnificent scenery, and Bailey’s Rocks, a unique outcrop of giant green boulders.

Attractions also include Warrock Homestead, a museum, art galleries, Bilston's Treeand the Kelpie Walking Trail.

For more information visit http://www.casterton.org.au/home.html or contact the Casterton Visitor Information Centre:
Shiels Terrace
Casterton, Victoria 3311
Ph: (03) 5581 2070
Fax: (03) 5581 2405
Email: castertonvic@glenelg.vic.gov.au


There are three major banks in Casterton: the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and National Bank of Australia (NAB). All are located on Henty Street. Bank hours are typically 9.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday, although ATMs allow 24/7 access to funds.

Library and Internet Access

The Glenelg Regional Library is located at the Town Hall in Henty Street and is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Internet access is available to students undertaking placement in Casterton at the library.

Post Offices, Fuel and Other Services

The Casterton Post Office is located at 29 Henty Street and is open from 9.00 am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Casterton has three petrol stations and petrol is also available at the two general stores.

A laundromat is located on Henty Street.

There are a number of places of worship in Casterton. For further information contact the Casterton Visitor Information Centre, or contact the church directly.

  • Anglican Church: (03) 5581 1047
  • Catholic Church: (03) 5581 1044
  • Uniting Church: (03) 5581 1070

Local Transport

Casterton Taxi Service can be contacted on (03) 5581 2164 or 0417 862 813.

Travel Times

Casterton is accessible from Melbourne by car, bus and train (via Ballarat). Casterton is located 377 kilometres west of Melbourne, with a travel time by car of approximately four and a half hours.

If you are travelling from somewhere other than Melbourne, or would like further information on transport to Casterton, visit VicLink.

Further Information 

Contact the Casterton Visitor Information Centre:
Shiels Terrace
Casterton, Victoria 3311
Ph: (03) 5581 2070
Fax: (03) 5581 2405
Email: castertonvic@glenelg.vic.gov.au

For a Map of Casterton visit Wilkins Tourist Maps. Select 'Towns' from the top menu, type 'Casterton" in the search box and then select ‘Casterton - Vic' from the list.