Casterton, Victoria

Casterton, Victoria

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Casterton, Victoria

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Casterton is a town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Glenelg Highway, 42 kilometres east of the South Australian border, in the Shire of Glenelg. The Glenelg River passes through the town. Casterton derives its name for the Roman word meaning 'walled city', due to the lush green hills which surround the town.


Casterton is recognised as the birthplace of the Kelpie breed of Australian working dog and celebrates its role through the , Working Dog Auction and Festival each June long weekend. The event is nationally and internationally renowned and since its inception in 1997, it has grown into a successful combination of entertainment and enterprise. The festival is filled with fun activities, which celebrate and demonstrate the Kelpies’ amazing skills. The Working Dog Auction provides a unique chance to observe working dogs demonstrate their skills before sale.

As well as this, Casterton hosts a vintage car rally and polocrosse championships in March, horseracing in May, a woodturning exhibition in August, and street-car drag racing in November.

Recent times

Nestled amongst the rolling hills and river red gums of the Glenelg River valley, had been known as a retirement town in the past, but recently young families have settled in the region.

The has recently undergone an upgrade and now contains an IVF clinic. Other areas of health care provided by the hospital are Acute Care, Primary Care, Aged Care and Allied Health Services.

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