About Casterton

Casterton is located 313km west of Melbourne on the Glenelg Highway. Situated in a large sheep farming area, with many stud farms surrounding the township, Casterton is the birthplace of the popular sheepdog breed the Kelpie – hence the area’s nickname “Kelpie Country”.

Casterton is set amongst rolling hills and gum trees. Some attractions include The Bluff - a landslip with magnificent scenery, and Bailey’s Rocks, a unique outcrop of giant green boulders. One of the town’s major events is the Kelpie Festival.


FoodWorks is the main supermarket in Casterton. Please note that the opening hours are typically more restricted than those in the city, and in most towns the typical opening hours are from 7am-10pm daily. 

Useful Information

There are 3 major banks in Casterton including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and the ANZ. Bank hours are typically 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday, although ATMs allow 24/7 access to funds.

The Glenelg Regional Library is located at the Town Hall in Henty Street and is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Internet Access
Internet access is available to students in Casterton at the Glenelg Regional Library. Further details can be found under 'Libraries' on this page.

Post Offices
The Casterton Post Office is located at 29 Henty St and is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Travel Times

Casterton is located 377 kilometres west of Melbourne and is accessible by both car and bus. 
The travel time is approximately 4½ hours by car from Melbourne to Casterton.
Casterton is accessible from Melbourne by car, bus and train (Via Ballarat).

If you are travelling from somewhere other than Melbourne, or would like further information on transport to Casterton, visit VicLink.

Further Information 

For more information on Casterton and the surrounding areas go here 

or contact the Casterton Visitor Information Centre:
Shiels Terrace
Casterton, VIC 3311
Ph: (03) 5581 2070

Orientation Tours can be arranged for students whilst they are on placement, or for a Map of Casterton visit Wilkins Tourist Maps. Select Victoria from the list of State Maps and then select ‘Casterton’ from the list of Victorian Maps.