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Beeac VIC


Postcode: 3251

Beeac is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the shore of the hyper saline Lake Beeac in the Colac Otway Shire Local Government Area, 160 kilometres south of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2001 census, Beeac had a population of 213.

Beeac was originally created a reserve for campers, and the name is thought to mean either “salt lake” or “grubs” in the local Aboriginal language. From 1860, the area was opened for selection and a townsite was surveyed in 1864. By the end of the decade, the Beeac area became a prominent wheat growing district, wine grapes were cultivated and a salt works was operating on the lake. Through the 1860s and 1870s, churches, schools, shops and hotels were established. The railway reached Beeac in 1884, bringing the area into closer contact with nearby Colac. A newspaper was established in 1901 and The local hospital was founded in 1928.

Beeac is a small picturesque town situated on the banks of lake Beeac and surrounded by a network of salt lakes between Colac & Cressy.

Beeac is included in the Volcanic Trail which showcases the varied types of water birds & coxiella shells.

Beeac is situated in a great food and wine area with Irrewarra Gourmet Strawberry farm, Red Rock Winery, Irrewarra Sourdough Bakery, and Ice Cream made in an old Bluestone Homestead.

Our main street has been refurbished with large outstands and cast iron heritage style lamps with aristocrat shade trees and beautiful ground cover making nice features that, combined with cast iron bollards around the park and playground are adding to the beauty of the town.

We have a lovely wide main street typical of early country towns, with many original shop fronts and verandahs, and a history dating back to 1861.

We have beautiful early mornings and our sunsets are spectacular. Our night sky is navy blue velvet and the stars above are absolutely beautiful.

Beeac is only a stones throw from the States youngest volcano Red Rock and near Lake Corangamite the largest salt lake in Victoria.