Colac is an equidistant town to Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Melbourne. For that reason a stopover should be a consideration. There is the heritage, the lake, the birds, services plus the fact this really nice town. At Colac there is a resort and Ďletís have funí feel about the place.
The area was first settled by Europeans in 1837 by Hugh Murray, and proclaimed a town, Lake Colac, in 1848. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1848 as Lake Colac and was renamed Colac in 1854. Then the Colac Botanic Gardens in Queen Street located on the shores of Lake Colac, and were established in 1868. Colac is an entry point to some of Victoria's most picturesque scenery.
A plaque on the southern side of the Memorial Square commemorates two historic speeches given on consecutive nights in Colac, beginning on September 5, 1914 with the then Federal opposition leader, Andrew Fisher and followed the next night by Prime Minister Joseph Cook. The two speeches declared Australia's commitment to follow Britain into World War 1, with Fisher declaring "Australia will stand by the mother country to our last man and our last shilling" and Cook's famous reiteration that "If the old country is at war, so are we."
The War Memorial in Colac is an exceptional acknowledgement. Very well defined in the ANZAC Park.
There is no museum in Colac. A vintage car display is being developed.