About Corangamite Shire

Our coastline boasts kilometres of National Park and the Twelve Apostles - a natural rock formation created by the erosion of the limestone cliffs by the Southern Ocean.  Our lush hinterland has fertile grasslands, internationally recognised wetlands, volcanic cones and rolling hills, and is not only attractive, but also forms the basis of an important agricultural industry.

The Shire is approximately 4,600 square kilometres.  It extends from the spectacular limestone cliffs at Port Campbell and Princetown to the historic town of Skipton, in the north, near Ballarat.  The Shire's eastern boundary is the shore of Lake Corangamite, a huge inland lake just north of the Stony Rises, and it extends to the west of Terang.  The name 'Corangamite' is said to be derived from the local aboriginal word for ‘bitter’ or 'salt water', as it refers to the high salt level of the water, usually about three times that of sea water.