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.
Killarney beach shores are the home to our Aussie shorebirds who will attempt every spring and summer to raise a family on the beach. The Hooded Plover is a nationally threatened shorebird for which the beaches between Warrnambool to Yambuk are the most important stretch of coast of anywhere in Australia for the species!
You will find a pair every few hundred metres, holding their own on a bit of beach where they will nest from August to April, and repeatedly try to get their eggs through the month long incubation period, and then their tiny, camouflaged chicks through the five weeks it takes to reach flying age.
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.
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.
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?
Where to Stay in Killarney
Carleton Inn Hotel
The Carleton Inn is situated in the Irish heart of the Western District on Victoria's famous 'Shipwreck Coast'.
Killarney Beach Cottage
Built in 1885, this original section of house has served as a Grocery Store in the 1920's and 30's, until it was run as a General Store right through until 1972.
Calgary Accommodation & Killara Accommodation
Calgary Accommodation and Killara Accommodation are nestled along the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast in Killarney, just five minutes from Port Fairy, Koroit and Warrnambool.
What to See and Do in Killarney
Shipahoys Vintage Bazaar
Established in 1999, Shipahoys Vintage Bazaar offers a massive selection of interesting old antique collectables which changes on a daily basis. Treasures galore. A huge range of antiques and collectables.
Downunder Ugg Boots Killarney
The Killarney store was opened in April 2013 and still carries the best range of products in the store including cow hides, rugs, cushions, hats, wallets, belts, socks, gloves, dog...