Killarney is a rural village located 9km North East of Port Fairy, the township was named in the 19th century after Killarney in Ireland by Irish settlers. Settlement by mainly Irish potato and onion growers was quite intense occurring around 1845-46. You will now find an abundance of dairy farms making use of the rich volcanic soils, but sheep farming, cattle farming, potato and carrot growing do take place as well. 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.

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Welcome to Killarney

When we think of Killarney, we think of a beautiful beach, surfing and some great fishing. It’s a top spot for whiting, Australian salmon and flathead. A boat launching ramp is available, just follow the signs from the carpark.

Traditionally the land has been used for onion and potato growing and of course it’s lush dairy country as well.

Aussie Shorebirds

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.

Mahogany Ship

Killarney beach is the western extremity of the search location of 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.

Many searches have been undertaken, some with sophisticated electronic equipment, others with picks and shovels, but to date no evidence has been found to substantiate the existence of this unknown vessel. So is it fact or fiction?