Killarney

A Beach for the Ages

This hidden gem boasts Victoria’s best whiting fishing, safe snorkelling and paddling in a natural lagoon, amazing birdlife, a boat ramp and endless beach walking. And don’t forget your surfboard. Lovely clear water and wide open spaces set the scene for endless ambling. Let the kids run free at the playground then splash into the sea back at the 1km long swimming beach. Relax: the waves are usually low to calm and without rips.

What curious creatures make the rockpools their home? Discover the amazing diversity in our intertidal zone. What has the sea washed up today? Make some amazing discoveries on a leisurely walk along the beach.

An Irish History

Settled by mainly Irish potato and onion growers around 1845-46, Killarney is a rural village named in the 19th century after Killarney in Ireland by Irish settlers. You will now find a winery and an abundance of dairy, potato and carrot farms making use of the rich volcanic soils. The original Hotel, the Plough Inn was opened in 1845, but was later replaced by the Carleton Inn, although the two co-existed for several years the Carleton Inn still remains today across from a quirky Antique and collectables store.

A Beach for the Ages

This hidden gem boasts Victoria’s best whiting fishing, safe snorkelling and paddling in a natural lagoon, amazing birdlife, rockpools, a boat ramp and endless beach walking. And don’t forget your surfboard. Lovely clear water and wide open spaces set the scene for endless ambling. Let the kids run free at the playground then splash into the sea back at the 1km long swimming beach. Relax: the waves are usually low to calm and without rips.

Belfast Coastal Reserve

Fringing the coast from Warrnambool to Port Fairy, Belfast Coastal Reserve offers surprises at every turn – rocky reefs, sandy beaches, coastal dunes, salt marshes, estuaries and rare creatures such as the Orange-bellied Parrot. Wander and keep watch for wild things thriving here: on the beach, Victoria’s largest population of Hooded Plovers, and in the ocean, southern right whales and dolphins.

The Mahogany Ship

Thought to be a sixteenth century Portuguese vessel, the story of the famed Mahogany Ship has captured the imagination of old and young since the early days of European settlement in Victoria. So is it fact or fiction?

Killarney Beach Caravan Park

A hidden gem that offers a great beachside holiday escape, safe snorkeling and fantastic fishing. Explore Killarney Beach Caravan Park.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.