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Facilities and Services

Terang is ideally located on the Princes Highway, 217km west of Melbourne, in the Corangamite Shire.

Location: The town is at the centre of the South Western district in a high rainfall region. The rich volcanic soil runs north into flat Western Plains scattered with wetlands and lakes of international significance. To the south is the historic shipwreck coast, Great Ocean Road and Great Otway National Park.

Terang is a service centre for the large rural area surrounding it, which comprises mainly fertile dairy country, but also includes beef, sheep, fat lamb and cropping properties.

An excellent rail and road transport network provide a 30 minute link with the seaside city of Warrnambool. Other major centres of Colac, Ballarat, Hamilton and Geelong can be reach within two hours.

Accommodation: Terang provides a wide range of accommodation needs.

Houses are available for sales at a median price of $193,000. The average price for rental houses is $265 per week, and rentals in Terang are often in high demand.

Terang also has accommodation available at two motels and two hotels, and the Terang Community Caravan Park has 18 powered sites.

Health & Community Services: Terang has an excellent network of community facilities and services. The Terang campus of Terang & Mortlake Health Service is a public hospital providing acute care, day surgery and high-level aged care at the 15-bed Mount View Nursing Home. A primary care department provides a large range of allied health services.

The May Noonan Centre, operated by Lyndoch Living, provides residential aged care for 40 residents in single rooms.

Terang is also serviced by a general practice doctor clinic, an ultrasound clinic and a pathology clinic.

The Terang Children’s Centre at 62 Dow Street is operated by Corangamite Shire and provides maternal and child health services.

Other services include a childcare centre, family day care, public library and senior citizens centre.

Education Facilities: Terang caters for a variety of educational needs.

Terang College is a government school and provides education services for children from prep to Year 12. The original school bell, supposedly the oldest bell cast in Australia is displayed at the primary school site. The bell was cast in Adelaide by William Pybus in 1845.

Current enrolment: 349

St Thomas’ School is an independent Catholic school, serving years Prep-6.

Current enrolment: 121

Hampden Specialist School caters for a wide range of disabilities. The school readily provides quality programs for students with mild to severe intellectual disabilities, as well as disabled students who also have an intellectual impairment.

Mercy Regional College, located in Camperdown and Noorat is an independent Catholic school, serving years 7-12.

Current enrolment: 440

The Corangamite Trade Training Cluster provides vocational education and training facilities across the five school sites within the Corangamite Shire, including Terang College.

Tertiary education is available in nearby Warrnambool with Deakin University and South West TAFE providing a wide array of courses.

Recreation: Terang is well known as an equestrian centre with one of Victoria’s best provincial trotting tracks, Dalvui Raceway, as well as a major country racecourse. The Mt Emu Creek Pony Club is situated on the now dry Lake Terang.

Among the town’s other sporting facilities are the sports stadium, modern Terang Fitness Centre, picturesque 18-hole golf course on the bed of Lake Terang (dry). The town also boasts bowling greens, a swimming pool (summer), croquet greens, tennis courts, netball courts, football and cricket ovals and squash courts.

A gun club is located at nearby Noorat, and there are motor speedways at Warrnambool, Darlington and Laang.

Numerous lakes and streams are readily accessible and offer some of the state’s best fishing.

The world-renowned coastline along the Great Ocean Roads provides fishing, boating, diving and bushwalking facilities.

There are a number of walking paths around Terang including the Lake Terang Walk, The Terang to Noorat Walking Track and a wetlands walk through the southern part of the grounds of Terang College.

Social Activities: Terang is recognised for its community spirit and had an excellent range of clubs and organisations.

Sporting clubs cover football, cricket, badminton, squash, netball, basketball, golf, bowls, croquet, swimming, pony club and shooting.

Among the town’s community organisations are Rotary, Lions, Probus, Scouts and Guides.

Retail: Terang offers a wide range of goods and services from its retail sector which is centred around the high Street avenue – part of the busy Princes Highway.

The centre has a mix of businesses including a large IGA supermarket, newsagency, chemist, and clothing, electrical goods and a large Mitre 10 hardware store.

Other retail services include printing, computers and second-hand stores.

Medical, legal and financial services are available in the town along with a NAB branch and several bank ATMs.

Other services: Terang is well equipped with police, ambulance, SES and fire brigade units.

News coverage and advertising is available through the daily Warrnambool Standard and the weekly Terang Express newspapers. Regional radio stations are located in Warrnambool and Colac.


Average monthly rainfall 65mm

Average temperatures

            January 9am, 16.9°C; 3pm, 23.7°C

            July 9am, 7.5°C; 3pm, 11.9°C


V/Line passenger services operate daily from the Terang Railway Station with four services to Melbourne daily (6.06am. 9.25am, 12.07pm. 5.43pm) and four services to Warrnambool daily (10.43am, 4.11pm, 8.16pm. 10.18pm) from Monday to Friday.

Weekend services to Melbourne run at 8.11am, 12.21pm and 6.08pm

Weekend services to Warrnambool run at 10.20am, 4.11pm and 10.14pm.

Agents for all major couriers deliver to Terang daily (Monday-Friday).

Terang also has a Taxi service.

Waste Management

Weekly rubbish collection and fortnightly recycling and green waste collection is provided in the town by the Corangamite Shire.