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Coleraine

Coleraine's generous main street reminds many of the typical Australian country town but it doesn't take long to work out this little town is far from average. There is history around every corner in Coleraine, an amazing journey for those willing to take the time to learn of the fascinating past of this town.

A chocolate factory, the ultimate native garden and vintage cars are just a few of the intriguing prospects that await you in Coleraine.

The Peter Francis Points Arboretum is one of Coleraine's attractions, just waiting to be explored. 40 years ago the 30 hectare site was a tip with just two trees on it, but now it is home to over 500 species of the eucalypt genus thanks to the lifetime work of Peter Francis and the community. It is Australia's official Eucalypt Collection and an essential visit for anyone visiting Coleraine with even the smallest interest in plants.

With a settled history dating back almost 200 years, Coleraine is one of the oldest country towns in Victoria. In fact the local cricket club claims to be the second oldest continuous playing cricket club in the world after the Marylebone Club in London.

The town has been home to many famous Australians, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and global cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein.

Within easy driving distance you will find Wannon and Nigretta Falls. Both can be seen in their full glory from well positioned viewing platforms, that are accessible for wheelchairs.