Coleraine is the next town encounted when heading west from Hamilton to Mount Gambier. A nice tidy town this is. Nestled in a valley, with wide streets and all of the essential services. It was named after the town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The area was first settled by Europeans in 1838 for pastoral grazing. The town was surveyed later on Bryan Creek, a tributary of the Wannon River. The Post Office opened on November 16, 1854. Today, Coleraine's primary industries are beef and wool. The town hosts an Autumn Festival in April and an art show in August.