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.


Rockpool Ramble

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. 

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. So is it fact or fiction?