At the foot of Mt Shadwell, Mortlake is the centre of the rich agricultural and pastoral Western District of Victoria. There are many significant bluestone buildings in the town, reflecting an important phase in both Victoria’s and Mortlake’s development. The volcanic plains, stony rises and stone walls are unique, as are the scoria walls of Mt Shadwell and The Peak. The quarry at Mt Shadwell is one of the richest sources of olivine, a mineral known in its gem form as peridot, the birth stone for August.
What should I do?
- Fossick for your very own olivine gemstone at Mt Shadwell quarry. Permits need to be sourced from Moyne Shire Council (5599 2500) or the Mortlake Visitor Information Centre (5599 2899).
- Appreciate the delightful bluestone buildings throughout the town with 22 on the Mortlake Heritage Trail. Maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre
- Take a look at the Mortlake Avenue of Honour, which features 196 trees honouring servicemen and women from World War I and World War II. Each tree in the 2.2 kilometre avenue had a name at its foot; many are still visible
- Enjoy the Mortlake Botanical Gardens and Tea Tree Lake, which attracts many species of bird life
- Drop in to many of the town’s shops and eateries
Further information on Mortlake can be found at the town’s official, comprehensive website, www.visitmortlake.com.au
Mortlake Dining and Accommodation
ADDRESS: 128 Dunlop St, Mortlake
Relax in the tranquillity of a fine country hotel with historic charm. The beautiful bluestone façade of the 1850's hotel is complemented by the bluestone front of The Stables Motel, incorporating five deluxe motel units, including a four star unit with luxury spa. Quality country cuisine, together with fine wining and dining, are a staple of the Mt Shadwell Hotel, while weddings, conferences, meetings and private parties are readily catered for at The Loft conference room.
ADDRESS: Jamieson Avenue, Mortlake, 3272
From fishing to gem fossicking Mortlake has it all. A thriving rural town on the Hamilton Highway, Mortlake offers its residents and visitors a variety of eating spots, great sporting facilities, a swimming pool, historic bluestone precinct and a relaxed country atmosphere. The Mortlake Caravan Park is centrally located within walking distance to all attractions and is a great place to base yourself while exploring the area.
ADDRESS: 20 Hyland Street, Mortlake, 3272
Relax and enjoy our shady grounds and private facilities. Just a short drive to Warrnambool or Port Fairy and just one-and-a-half hours from The Grampians, Ronolea Gardens is a secluded paradise offering double and twin-share accommodation, a guest lounge and balcony, smoke-free environment and all the comforts of home.
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