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Colac Otway Shire Profile

The Colac Otway Shire is a richly diverse area located less than two hours west of Melbourne, linked by rail and a dual highway.

Colac Otway is one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria, from the volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north, to the lush forests of the Otway Ranges and the iconic Great Ocean Road coastline.

Getting back to nature

A large proportion of the southern half of the shire is national parkland, boasting waterfalls, bushwalking and some of the most significant environmental assets found in Australia.  

The northern area of Colac Otway features equally significant environmental features including Lake Colac, Lake Corangamite and the surrounding Ramsar wetlands, overlooked by Red Rock Reserve.

People and places

The original inhabitants of the area are the Gulidjan people (from the Colac region) and the Gadubanud people (from the southern area of the municipality).

About 21,000 people currently live in the Colac Otway Shire, with about 13,000 people living in the shire’s major industrial, commercial and service centre of Colac (Colac and Elliminyt).

The City of Colac population is forecast to reach 20,000 by 2050, and Colac Otway Shire has a strategic plan to guide sustainable residential growth and infrastructure development.

The second major urban centre is Apollo Bay, which has a permanent population of 1,800 (Apollo Bay and Marengo) that swells to more than 15,000 during the busy summer tourist season.

More than 15 small towns and rural communities are spread across Colac Otway, providing a lifestyle choice for those looking for a quieter life through either a sea change or tree change.

Employment in Colac Otway

Diverse industries range from tourism and hospitality, to key agriculture ventures such as dairy, beef and boutique farming and food enterprises, to sustainable timber production.

Colac is also home to international food processors Bulla Dairy Foods and the Australian Lamb Company, along with Australia’s second largest softwood processor, AKD.

Among Colac Otway Shire’s other significant employers include the region’s quality health service providers, Colac Area Health and Great Ocean Road Health.

Colac is a major retail centre, offering an exciting shopping experience across large stores and franchises and unique small businesses, while farmgate sales across the shire showcase locally-grown produce.

For further information: 

Colac Otway Shire proudly offers lifestyle diversity like no other region. If you're considering a move to the area, check out the region's website here

Author: Alison Martin is the Communications Coordinator for Colac Otway Shire. 

3036 Colac-forrest Road, Forrest, VIC
Looking for Land, Land Yourself a Deal!

Approx. 8 acres of residential zoning in the heart of Forrest.
Perfect opportunity to build a home surrounded by acres, plus in the future the perfect property to sub divide into smaller allotments STCA.

66 Casino Avenue, Apollo Bay, VIC
Watch The Waves Roll In....

Share a beautiful position with ever changing sea and sky....Scenic charm of this home with the Great Ocean Road coastline, against the backdrop of the mountains.
This 3 bedroom home, with 3 bathrooms, expansive entertainment area, floorboards in living areas complement this property. With a garage downstairs that could be made into
a cottage.

5935 Princes Highway, Colac East, VIC
Prestigious Colac East – Warncoort District Property


A truly remarkable offering within a highly regarded and tightly held Colac East District allowing easy access to Geelong and Melbourne via the newly commissioned dual Princes Highway.

The property is pleasantly introduced by a lovely meandering sealed driveway leading to a beautiful landscaped garden. Only 8 years old, the custom designed and constructed home (offering 36 squares of luxurious living) is of the highest of standard with first class chattels throughout. Featuring a magnificent aspect with views of Lake Colac and the surrounding district. The home showcases spacious open-plan kitchen/dining/living with spotted gum flooring, modern Blackwood kitchen, granite bench tops and blue pearl granite splash back complimenting the induction cooktops, quality Bosch appliances and walk-in pantry.

Accommodation includes formal and informal living, 3 generous bedrooms all with built-in robes, centrally located bathroom with the master bedroom offering dual walk-in robes and a grand ensuite with a walk-in shower, double Blackwood and engineered stone vanity. Further features include double glazed windows throughout, 5kw solar system, alfresco area, wood heater, ducted reverse cycle air conditioner and domestic water supply via mains water, in addition to 90,000 litre rain water tank supply.

Excellent all steel lockup shed (13.5m x 6m x 5.5m) with concrete floor and 3 phase power. Cattle yards (with crush and race) machinery/hay shed, with quality fencing (electrified) to (4 paddocks) complete this first class holding.

Inspection highly recommended and strictly by appointment.