Seen enough of Casterton, time to move on!We decided to head towards the city of Hamilton, but before reaching there, we would make a stop at Coleraine. We hadn't been there for a few years, and wanted to see what had changed.The drive is only approx 29kms, and the scenery is very pleasant viewing. Up, down and around beautiful rolling hills,...more
This Art Gallery is a MUST VISIT for lovers of Australian art.The Artist, "Almar Zaadstra" is the owner of the Art Gallery in Casterton. He is such a very nice person, who went out of his way to answer any questions I had. It certainly didn't bother him that I wouldn't be able to buy a painting, I only wish I could have, as his paintings are some...more
Casterton is recognised in Australia, as the ‘Birthplace Of The Kelpie."Warrock Homestead, north of Casterton, is the birthplace of this intelligent Kelpie breed of working Australian cattle and sheep dog.Each year on June long weekend, Casterton holds the Working Dog Auction & Kelpie Festival.As part of Casterton’s 150th Anniversary celebrations...more
After looking at Henty street, then it was time for a look around the side streets. Houses varied in size, shape, style, even to an old Church becoming a home. Some were first settler's cottages, then others were a little newer. Then there were typical Australian homes with what is known as the sleepout on the front of the house. This is a house...more
The main street was a beaut one to walk along. The buildings have lots of different architecture. Quite a few were built in the art deco style, then others had fancy pieces, like columns and arches. Some were still as they were built, waiting for some-one to come along and restore them.Nearly all of them were old, as Henty street dated back till...more
Mickle Lookout is located on the hill that you see from the main street. What was interesting, was looking at the side of the hill from the main street, I could see a huge ‘Fleur De Lys’ emblem carved into the hill by Boy Scouts in 1935. Using semaphore as a guide, the symbol is a stylised version of the official Scout Badge, the Fleur de Lys. The...more
High above the town centre, Casterton’s Mickle Lookout offers magnificent views, a MUST VISIT!Driving to the top of the hill, we parked our car, then went and had a look at the excellent view over the town of Casterton. What a view!As we drove back we had more excellent views, only this time over the countryside, just as nice.more
Casterton was a town that catered well for travellers, by providing plenty of reserves for that much needed 2hour driving break, and for leisure opportunities and special events. There were plenty of nice parks, some with trails and all with facilities. The picturesque Ess Lagoon is a fishing area and is regularly stocked with trout. Railway...more
The heritage Albion Hotel/Motel has beautiful architecture and was built in 1865. It first opened in a single-storey building in 1865 but this structure was replaced by a double-storey hotel in 1906-07, for me it was one of the nicest buildings in Casterton.Also in the main street, was the Casterton Hotel, this one built in a different style of...more
If you are staying at Casterton, then this is a nice scenic drive to do one day.
It will take you through the historical town of Merino and onto DARTMOOR, the home of lots of marvellous chainsaw carvings. Spend some time here, perhaps have lunch at the Hotel or the excellent park, before returning either via Coleraine or Hamilton.
All these towns have plenty to offer, and the scenery is lovely. Just imagine rolling green hills studded with some trees and homesteads, and either Beef cattle or sheep grazing these hills in this really beautiful farming area in Victoria.
Henty street is the main street in Casterton. This is where the old buildings and shops, etc are located. The street is being upgraded, and what I found and liked, was the information board describing the heritage buildings.
There were eleven of these boards, so look out for them as you walk Casterton.