The Australian Kelpie Centre has been established as a repository of information on the beautiful kelpie breed of working dogs.
The venue includes a visitor centre with all the information you need to know about Casterton, which is also known as the birthplace of the kelpie.
Australian Kelpie Centre, Museum Opening Hours & Address, Casterton VIC
After visiting the centre, check out the Kelpie Walking Trail; an easy walk through town where you’ll encounter sculptures portraying the life of a kelpie. The statues include interpretative signs, and you can choose from three routes.
Route 1 takes visitors to the primary shopping district; Route 2 is a little longer but takes you to the River Red Gums and the heritage Railway Precinct, and Route 3 is comprised of the River Walking Trail right by the banks of the Glenelg River.
On long weekends in June, the town of Casterton comes alive with celebrations and kelpie-related activities during the Kelpie Festival. The incredibly intelligent breed of sheepdog was born here in 1871 to a pair of Collies as parents that were imported from Scotland. In 1996, the 150th Anniversary was celebrated, and as part of the festivities, a statue of the kelpie was built right outside Casterton Town Hall.
Even if your visit doesn’t collide with the festival, Casterton is worth travelling to for its many charming antiques, cafes, art galleries, sporting facilities, and several outdoor recreation areas.
The Australian Kelpie Centre is located at 139 Henty Street in Casterton, Victoria. It is conveniently located between Adelaide and Melbourne and close to the Grampians, the Great Ocean Road, the Coonawarra and Wimmera regions.