Lined with 19th Century buildings and 100-year-old trees
Terang is a town rich in hardy early pioneering spirit
Bandstands and Grandstands
Located 2.5 hours from Melbourne Terang is one of the oldest rural towns in the state and is noted for its grand, historic trees, many more than 100 years old and National Trust classified. Terang is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “a twig with leaves”.
Take a ride out north of town on a 5km trail that connects Terang to the charming village of Noorat nestled at the foot of the volcanic cone and deep crater of Mount Noorat.
Why not plan a trip around a horse racing meeting, enjoy country racing at it's finest in the shadow of a heritage listed grandstand or come and take in Terang's Country Music Festival held every March?
History and Horses
If you have a passion for either you should visit Terang - located in the Western District of Victoria.
Terang has a long standing connection with horse racing; Horse Racing, (Gallops) and Harness Racing (Trots) have clubs established here more than a century ago. Terang is a National Trust Town of Historic Trees. A Heritage Trail of the town takes you past numerous impressive buildings constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These include buildings such as the Thompson Memorial Church; the Post office and Clock Tower; the Band Rotunda and the Railway Station.
The Historic Iron Grandstand at the Terang Race course was built late in the 19th Century. The Terang Dry Lake Bed is home to numerous sporting organisations including the Mount Emu Creek Pony Club.
Let's Jump puddles
Take a walk up Mt Noorat on the Alan Marshall Walking Track and you will have sweeping views of the area which forms part of the setting of the famous Australian novel –“I can jump puddles”. Alan Marshall was born and spent his early years in Noorat and his novel is a thinly disguised autobiography of those early years.
Mount Noorat is a dry volcanic crater, standing 310 metres above sea level, while the base of the crater is lower than the level of the surrounding plain. The mount was a traditional meetings and bartering place for the local Aboriginal people and was named after an Aboriginal Elder – Ngoora.
What to see & do
Terang and Noorat Bike Trail
This is a great trail with views north towards Mount Noorat and south towards the rise of Terang and its distinctive crown of deciduous trees.
Lake Bookar offers good bird watching opportunity over spring and summer presided over by the bulk of nearby Mt Elephant. Look for hoary headed grebe and freckled duck.
Terang Dry Lake Walk
An interesting trail that chronicles the science and history of the dry lake bed situated on the pretty lowland of the town’s southern edge.
Mt Noorat Walk
Alan Marshall Discovery Trail. One of Australia’s best preserved dry craters offering commanding views of surrounding peaks on the volcanic plain.
Every Sunday you can access the walk to the Mount Elephant Crater. Visiable from 60 kilometres in every direction, Mount Elephant dominates the landscape and now you have the chance...
Kanawinka Geo Trail
Follow meandering roads north from the coast to explore sublime volcanic landscapes and charming inland towns.
Events around Terang
Plain Speaking - 2017 NAIDOC week celebrations
Connecting community and culture to country and the Victorian volcanic plains. Mt Leura - Camperdown and Mt Elephant - Derrinallum
Terang Harness Racing Club - Christmas In July
Enjoy Christmas in July with Terang Harness Racing Club.
Terang Harness Racing Club
Located on the Princes Highway approximately 200km west of Melbourne, the Terang Harness Racing Club is a premier location to experience harness racing.