RICH IN GEOLOGICAL HISTORY JUST WAITING TO BE UNCOVERED.
Sitting at the bottom of one of Victoria’s most recently active volcanoes, Mortlake is rich in both natural and early settler history. The town is located 50km north of Warrnambool and 215km west of Melbourne on the Hamilton Highway.
Mount Shadwell, a few minutes north of Mortlake is an extinct volcano rich in olivine crystal, the birthstone of August. With permission, visitors of Mortlake can fossick for the crystal at the Mount Shadwell quarry or try their luck scavenging the surroundings for ‘volcano bombs’, large egg shaped rocks containing olivine.
Mortlake has one of the regions most extensive Heritage Trails. The trail leads walkers around 20 of the predominately bluestone buildings dating back to 1857. The town is also full of restaurants and shops, so breaking up the trail with a snack and some retail therapy is a welcome option.
Mortlake has a number of hotels, motels, hostels and caravan parks scattered close to the centre of town.
Quirky local treasures
Mortlake is a great example of the Volcanic Lakes and Plains region's country charm. Peruse the shops and you'll come across antique and vintage treasures, some lovely cafe's, one of Victoria's best butchers (with regional produce in store), charming country pubs and a spectacular Art Deco swimming pool. Mortlake is a busy highway intersection and a favourite stop for traveller to the region. To drive past is to miss out.
Eat like a local
Mortlake is home to the renowned Clarke's Pies - A favourite for South West Victorians. Stop in to the Clarke's Bakery to try one for yourself and pitch yourself in the pretty Market Square in the town centre to enjoy the country ambience
Where To Stay
Mortlake Caravan Park
Mortlake Caravan Park is ideally situated within the beautiful Tea Tree Lake reserve and gardens, providing ample open space for leisurely strolls or for the kids to play.
Mac's Hotel Accommodation
Traditional comfort in the heart of Mortlake. Comfortable accommodation is always waiting for you at Mac’s Hotel.
Eat and Drink
Brendan Bouchier's Mortlake Butcher
Brendan Bouchier’s value tradition, simplicity and quality. They source 100 per cent of their meat from Australian farmers and pride ourselves on producing high quality small-goods.
Mortlake Roadhouse is a general convenience store, take-away or dine-in. Hamburgers, steak sandwiches, country fried chicken, potato cakes, general/ your basic fish n chip lines, pizzas, a private truckie room...
Deli Fresh Cafe and Foodstore
The team at Deli Fresh Cafe and Foodstore believe that the memory of good food they have eaten provides the memories that bring people back.
Mortlake is a quaint and friendly central point for exploring this beautiful region, and Mac’s Hotel sits right on the main street.
Tri Mo Cafe
Tri Mo Café is a new café and takeaway offering café-style food and drinks as well as Filipino cuisine.
Home of the original Clarke's Pies. Clarke's Cafe offers a large variety of pies, pasties, bread, cakes, slices, biscuits, creamed cakes, hot meals, fresh salad bar, hamburgers, chips, and hot...
What To See and Do
Mount Shadwell Quarry Olivine Fossicking
The Mortlake Information Centre organises volunteers to oversee fossickers in search of olivine (peridot) at Moyne Shire’s Mt Shadwell Quarry.
Mortlake Caremore Pharmacy
Set in a small country town lays a pharmacy filled with gifts, healthcare, and great friendly advice. Only too happy to help discuss your medication or health concerns.
Mortlake Golf Club
Mortlake Golf Club was formed in 1902 at the base of Mount Shadwell and was relocated at its present site in 1930's.
Glenafton Goat Milk Skincare
Handmade with fresh nutritious milk from their very own Glenafton Anglo-Nubian dairy goats, this Goat Milk is rich in butterfats, vitamins and minerals - creating soft and moisture rich creaminess...
Steptoe and Mrs Mortlake Second Hand Shop
Steptoe and Mrs Mortlake Second Hand Shop is a quality retail store where you can both buy and sell all household goods.
Mortlake Newsagency is your locally owned one-stop-shop for newspapers, magazines, lotto and stationery. They have a wide range of magazines catering to a vast variety of interests.