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About Colac

Situated in one of the most picturesque regions in Victoria, Colac has a charming and lively town centre that’s just a stone’s throw away from some of Victoria’s most beautiful natural attractions. Its close-knit community means life in Colac offers all the friendly familiarity you’d hope for in a country town. Housing is affordable and caters to all needs and budgets, you’ll find classic heritage homes with big backyards alongside modern units and townhouses.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Colac Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.

 

2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 

 

3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 

 

4. Engage with the community

The Colac region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.

 

5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Colac region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!

Population

12,000

 

Distance to Melbourne

152 km. Approximately a two-hour drive.

 

Surrounding towns

Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet.

 

Housing

Median house price: $300,000

Median house rent: $290 p/w

Median unit price: $220,000

Median unit rent: $240 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre is the creative hub of the region with a dynamic gallery space and diverse theatre program. And just out of town is the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery - they proudly showcase the work of mostly local artists and performers. Colac and the surrounding region have a diverse and busy calendar of events with festivals celebrating food and wine, the arts, road running and mountain biking, and even a custom car and bike show.

Food and wine scene

Colac is home to many delicious restaurants, including Apollo Seafood for the best fish and chips in town and Botanic Café on the Lake, famed for its sunny deck with picturesque water views. You’ll be spoilt for choice on the nearby Otways Harvest Trail. It offers countless culinary delights such as organic meats and olives, handcrafted cheeses and chocolates, all direct from local farm gates and provedores, wineries and breweries.

Family Fun 

Colac offers a healthy environment for growing families, with plenty of parks and playgrounds to enjoy, as well as laser tag, an inflatable fun park and an indoor play centre. A short drive out of town in nearby Yeodene is Trees Adventure. You can spend an action-packed day in the tree canopy, climbing, leaping and flying through the forest.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

There’s no shortage of ways to stay fit and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle in Colac. Lake Colac is ideal for fishing and water sports and the Botanic Gardens is perfect for gentle strolls. You can walk, run or cycle the Old Beechy Rail Trail through the Otway Ranges from Colac to Beech Forest. And nearby Forrest is a mountain biker’s paradise, with some of the best trails in the state. There’s also camping and bushwalking in the stunning Great Otway National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, ferny gullies, tall forests and beautiful beaches. A range of local clubs offer first-rate facilities:

• Colac Indoor Tennis and Sports Centre – indoor tennis, cricket, soccer, netball, mini golf, beach voleeyball, pilates and yoga • Bluewater Leisure Centre – 2 pools, gym, group fitness

Shopping

Colac has three major supermarkets but it’s the classic country gift shops, independent stores and two regular farmers’ markets you’ll fall in love with for their local seasonal produce, gourmet delights and handcrafted goods.

Transport

Served by several major highways, Colac has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services

Colac has a comprehensive range of health services, including several clinics and private practices as well as one hospital – Colac Area Health. A number of community groups provide support, education and the opportunity to make connections to the local community.

Education 

The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of nine schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Colac West Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Colac Secondary College (Co-ed 7-12), Trinity College Colac (Co-ed 7-12, Catholic).

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.