Kerang – step back in time
Kerang is a popular rural town and family destination known for its numerous lakes and lagoons. Located 277km North-West of Melbourne and only 25 minutes drive from Cohuna.
Reedy Lake Reserve
Apex Park Recreation Area at the Reedy Lake Reserve in Kerang is a lovely place to stop for a picnic. There are BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and a picturesque outlook. Spot a variety of waterbirds and the notorious flying ibis, the symbol of the town. (Not to be confused with Apex Park at Koondrook – same name, different location!).
Tourist Information Centre
The information centre is located in an old water storage tower called the Lester Smith Lookout Tower. Built in 1883 and boasting a display of local gemstones, minerals, fossils and shells, excellent views are also on offer. Behind the tower is an olympic-size swimming pool and kids can enjoy the waterslide in summer. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, the tower is located at the corner of the Murray Valley Highway – Wellington St and Shadforth St. Tel: (03) 5452 1860.
Kerang Historial Museum
The Kerang Historical Museum features displays about the social and agricultural history of the local area, including farm machinery, tramways, vehicles and information about the town founder Woodford Patchell who was know to have pioneered the use of irrigation in the district. Open on weekends from 1.30 – 4.30pm and located in the former Franklin homestead in Atkinson Park, next to the caravan park in Riverwood Drive. Tel: (03) 5452 2225.
Karlie McDonald Memorial Clocktower
The Karlie McDonald Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1933 to commemorate the death of Karlie, a 26 year old Kerang High School teacher who lost her life attempting to save students from drowning in the Loddon River during swimming training in March 1927. Said to be one of the most attractive features of the Kerang township, the Clock Tower is a tall, modern structure and an asset of the local community. It is also referred to as the ‘Karlie McDonald Clock’. Located at the intersection of Victoria Street and Wellington Street, Kerang.
Where to Stay
There are 2 caravan parks at Kerang, the Kerang Caravan and Tourist Park, and Ibis Caravan Park. Alternatively, the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park is just 25 mins drive away and offers an attractive range of cabins and sites, in addition to a swimming pool, tennis court, jumping pillow and other family friendly facilities. Book online today.
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