Glenelg Shire Farms for Sale - Region Spotlight

Live, explore and play in Glenelg

There is no shortage of open space in the Glenelg Shire, with 6,212 square kilometres of rolling green hills, rugged coastlines and clifftops, bending rivers and majestic national forests, so it's no surprise people are looking for acreage in this corner of south-west Victoria. 

Coupled with the lush scenery, the region averages 857 mm of annual rainfall, which provides a stunning verdant coat of greenery across farmlands during the winter and spring seasons.

These regular rainfalls and the region’s rich volcanic soils have formed the building block of a thriving agricultural industry. In fact, agriculture is one of the largest employment sectors in the Glenelg Shire, comprising nearly 44% of all registered businesses and generating more than $287 million for the local economy (source: ABS 2015-16 Agricultural Census).

The rich, green farming lands of the Glenelg Shire

The other main industries in the region include forestry, fishing, health care and manufacturing, accounting for the Shire’s $0.93 billion Gross Domestic Product (source: ABS).

Glenelg is ecologically diverse and boasts a variety of world-class nature-based attractions, enticing and enchanting tourists from across the world every year. In the southern pocket of the Shire sits the picturesque Bridgewater Bay, arguably one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches with its stunning deep blue waters and coastal cliffs. This coastal hamlet offers no shortage of activities or spectacular sites, with the surreal landscapes of the petrified forest, mighty sea spray blasts at the blowholes and the Great South West Walk.

The breathtaking Cape Bridgewater

Heading close to the South Australia border sits Nelson, a tiny township whose population swells during summer. This tranquil location offers ocean, estuary, river and two National Parks for a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, canoeing and more.

Positioned centrally in the shire is the UNESCO listed Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, where for thousands of years Gunditjmara people have engineered an extensive aquaculture system along local lava flows and wetlands. This breathtaking cultural landscape is accessible via guided tours with local rangers.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim cultural landscape, available via guided tours.

The northern corner of the shire is a world away from the rugged clifftops, providing plenty of historic charm. The major township of Casterton is idyllically nestled amongst the rolling hills and river red gums of the Glenelg River valley, tempting you to stay and explore the legendary history of ''Kelpie Country” with its galleries, cafés and boutiques.

In addition to the shire’s rich natural assets is an impressive calendar of major events which continues to grow each year.

From the Casterton Kelpie Muster and Hooked on Portland, to Heywood’s Wood, Wine & Roses Festival and Truck & Ute Show, events in Glenelg Shire attract many thousands of visitors each year, playing a vital role in the promotion of communities and all that the region has to offer.

Jon Stevens performing at the Hooked on Portland festival in 2020.

These iconic events are accompanied by an exciting array of community celebrations, festivals, cultural gatherings and sporting events that are the heart of townships across the Shire. Perhaps the greatest attraction of the Glenelg Shire is the strength of community spirit. The Shire boasts one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the State with nearly one third of residents engaging in voluntary work through an organisation or group (source: ABS), a testament to the community’s strong pride and altruism.

Fast facts

Major townships: Portland, Casterton and Heywood

Population: 19,674

Local jobs: 8,860

Local businesses: 1,927

For further information:

If you want to know more about living in the Glenelg Shire, visit or contact the Shire Council at or on 1300 453 635. You can check out some of our favourite farms in Glenelg Shire for sale below, too! 

Author: Courtney Hoggan is a communications professional based in the Glenelg Shire. After a six-year stint in the city, the opportunities, freedom and endless natural beauty of the country life beckoned, and she moved back to her hometown in regional Victoria. She hasn’t looked back since.

288 Kentbruck Road, Heywood, VIC


* Immaculately presented light and bright 3 or 4 bedroom home set in delightfully manicured established garden surrounds.

* Sunlit kitchen and dining alcove boasting outstanding garden and rural views - Sitting room /lounge with wood-heater & spacious entrance foyer.

* Productive and fertile soil types of grey loam over limestone ideal for cattle, horses and other boutique agricultural pursuits.

* Excellent subdivision of 7 paddocks - Quality fencing - Cattle yards with power available and subpump on bore.

Centrally Situated - Nothing to do but move in - Inspection recommended.

2307 Princes Highway, Heywood, VIC
'Athol Hill'

Originally built in the early 1870s this beautiful Bluestone home has only been held in two names and is situated in the heart of the green triangle on approximately 18.35 hectares (45 acres) and only roughly 2kms to Heywood, 30kms to Portland and 86kms to Mount Gambier.
The home features 9ft ceilings and has been maintained and refurbished over the years with a bluestone extension on the house built in 2009, the extension is a spacious living room featuring a combustion wood heater and gives access to the large undercover entertainment area perfect for entertaining friends or family. The kitchen features timber cabinetry, breakfast bar and five burner gas cook top.
The dwelling includes three bedrooms plus a large study that could make a fourth bedroom, the main bathroom features a freestanding shower with Bluestone feature wall, bath, and access to the laundry/toilet. The whole house runs on a large 95,000 litre rainwater tank that has never run dry.
The ample shedding includes a two-stand shearing shed, 85’ x 25’ hay/storage shed, 3 open bay garage concrete flooring located as you drive into the property, 20’ x 30’ workshop with concrete flooring and power and a spacious 20’ x 30’ garden shed.
The property consists of three large paddocks and three small paddocks. The bore services all the paddocks as well as the lawn and toilet, the paddocks have good fertilizer history, the dam in one paddock provides water year-round and the property is suitable for beef, lamb, horses and viticulture.
Other features include electrified fencing throughout, steel stockyards located at the front of the property, a cubby house, a variety of fruit and nut trees, a school bus route and rubbish collection available.

58 Wade Street, Portland, VIC
Investment Or Business Opportunity

This 1930's Fibro home on approximately 704m2 has exceptional character and provides a unique opportunity to purchase a residential rental property providing a great rental return.
Located in North Portland within walking distance to the beach and CBD, this two-bedroom home features gas cooking and gas log heater. The property still has many original features including polished floors, leadlight windows and ornate ceiling roses.
The property has a large enclosed back yard which allows for easy vehicle parking, room for a boat and plenty of space for kids and pets.
The property is currently rented at $250 per week, lease ending December 2020.
Don’t miss out on this great business or investment opportunity, call to book your inspection today!

15 Poland Street, Portland, VIC
Occupy or Invest!

Whether you are a first home buyer, a family looking for their new affordable home or an investor looking for another property to add to the portfolio or someone looking to buy their first investment, this property could be what you have been searching for.
Located in a great area, not far from town on approximately 983m2 is this three-bedroom home offering private and relaxing living.
Inside of the home features open plan living with gas heating, gas cooking, dishwasher, and breakfast bar. The master bedroom features a WIR, ensuite with a bath and sliding door access to the decking. One of the two remaining bedrooms also features sliding door access to the decking. The main bathroom features a free-standing shower and combined laundry.
Outside of the home is a great sized fully enclosed yard with high fencing, fruit trees and a double bay garage with concrete flooring and access via the laneway behind the property.
The property is currently tenanted at $300 per week, lease periodical.
Call A1 Real Estate Solutions to book your inspection.