RICH IN GEOLOGICAL HISTORY JUST WAITING TO BE UNCOVERED.
The Heritage Trail takes in 20 historic buildings of Mortlake including the Mortlake Flour Mill, which was built in 1856 to satisfy the needs of hungry gold-diggers at the time. You can do it on foot, by car or a combination of both. It starts at the former Temperance Hall (1873) in Shaw St (the Hamilton Highway) which has since been used as a glove factory and RSL centre. You may wish to park your car here.
You will discover many wonderful examples of bluestone buildings which were constructed in the 1850' and 1860's. These include the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, old Post Office and former Mortlake Shire offices.
Tea Tree Lake & Botanical Gardens
Tea Tree Lake is a great place to relax for an afternoon with the family.
The expansive parkland area around the lake features an iconic historic rotunda, an early botanic garden, summerhouse and a small pier out over the lake for fishing from.
Tea Tree Lake is well stocked with fish and yabbies, along with a variety of native animals, including more than 100 species of birds.
If gem stones are of interest the Mortlake Quarry allows fossicking for Olivine. Olivine is an olive-green, grey-green, or brown mineral occurring widely in basalt, peridotite, and other basic igneous rocks. It is a silicate containing varying proportions of magnesium, iron, and other elements. The large ejected rocks are called volcanic bombs. These bombs can contain olivine, a green crystal also known as peridot.
Mount Shadwell is located adjacent to Mortlake and was formed 25,000 years ago. It is believed that it last erupted about 5,000 years ago. You will need to complete an indemnity form (available at Moyne Shire Offices or Mortlake Info. Centre) before starting
EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Mortlake is home to the renowned Clarke's Pies - A favourite for south Western Victorians.
Stop into Clarke's Bakery to try one for yourself and pitch yourself in the pretty Market Square in the town centre to enjoy the country ambience.
Quirky local treasures
Take a walk down the main street to immerse yourself in the period bluestone buildings and shopfronts. Check out the Art Deco public swimming pool entrance (in summer take a dip) or hunt for antiques and collectables to take home with you.
- Swimming Pool
- Bowls Club
- Golf Course
- Tennis Courts
- Football and Cricket Oval
- Skate Park
- The Racing Club hosts the popular Mortlake Cup in October.
Where to Stay in Mortlake
Mortlake Caravan Park
Mortlake Caravan Park is ideally situated within the beautiful Tea Tree Lake reserve and gardens, providing ample open space for leisurely strolls or for the kids to play.
Mac's Hotel Accommodation
Traditional comfort in the heart of Mortlake. Comfortable accommodation is always waiting for you at Mac’s Hotel.
What to See and Do in Mortlake
Mortlake Golf Club
Mortlake Golf Club was formed in 1902 at the base of Mount Shadwell and was relocated at its present site in 1930's.
Mortlake Historical Society Museum
The society produces an excellent newsletter which is included in the annual membership.
Mortlake Caremore Pharmacy
Set in a small country town lays a pharmacy filled with gifts, healthcare, and great friendly advice. Only too happy to help discuss your medication or health concerns.
Mount Shadwell Quarry Olivine Fossicking
The Mortlake Information Centre organises volunteers to oversee fossickers in search of olivine (peridot) at Moyne Shire’s Mt Shadwell Quarry.
Mortlake Newsagency is your locally owned one-stop-shop for newspapers, magazines, lotto and stationery. They have a wide range of magazines catering to a vast variety of interests.
Steptoe and Mrs Mortlake Second Hand Shop
Steptoe and Mrs Mortlake Second Hand Shop is a quality retail store where you can both buy and sell all household goods.
Eat and Drink in Mortlake
Home of the original Clarke's Pies. Clarke's Cafe offers a large variety of pies, pasties, bread, cakes, slices, biscuits, creamed cakes, hot meals, fresh salad bar, hamburgers, chips, and hot...
Tri Mo Cafe
Tri Mo Café is a new café and takeaway offering café-style food and drinks as well as Filipino cuisine.
Deli Fresh Cafe and Foodstore
The team at Deli Fresh Cafe and Foodstore believe that the memory of good food they have eaten provides the memories that bring people back.
Mortlake Roadhouse is a general convenience store, take-away or dine-in. Hamburgers, steak sandwiches, country fried chicken, potato cakes, general/ your basic fish n chip lines, pizzas, a private truckie room...
Brendan Bouchier's Mortlake Butcher
Brendan Bouchier’s value tradition, simplicity and quality. They source 100 per cent of their meat from Australian farmers and pride ourselves on producing high quality small-goods.
Mortlake is a quaint and friendly central point for exploring this beautiful region, and Mac’s Hotel sits right on the main street.