Situated in a beautiful valley 35 kilomtres west of Hamilton on the Glenelg Highway, Coleraine was settled in 1837 by the Henty and Whyte brothers.
Colonial artists such as Louis Buvelot and Thomas Clark were particularly inspired by the area. Their works can be
seen at the Hamilton Art Gallery. Adam Lindsay Gordon, one of Australia’s most celebrated poets from the pioneer age enjoyed the Great Western Steeplechase at the local racecourse and included it in his poetry.
The Peter Francis Points Arboretum stand on the hills overlooking Coleraine. It is recognised as the most extensive collection of eucalyptus species in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 12,000 native plants. Facilities include walking tracks, parking for buses, cars and caravans, playground, toilets and barbecue areas. It is open daily and entry is free.
The Eucalypt Discovery Centre in Whyte Street complements 'The Points' with is interactive, interpretive facility. It is open seven days a week. Entry is free.
Visitors can also explore the early Coleraine settlement discovering the old blacksmith's shop and the historic railway station.
Chocoholics will enjoy visiting Glenelg Fine Confectionary to taste the chocolates made on the premises.
The town has been home to many famous Australians, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and global cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein.