Kerang is a rural town on the Loddon River. It is the commercial centre to an irrigation district based on dairying, horticulture, Lucerne and grain. The area is dotted with lagoons and lakes and is a popular recreational destination.


Kerang was declared a Shire in 1871; at the time the settlements population was 109. the arrival of the railway from Bendigo in 1884 and the construction of a tramway to Koondrook in 1888 led to expansion and by 1891 the population had increased to over 1000.

The Burke and Wills expedition passed through Kerang on their journey to cross Australia from Melbourne on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Places of interest

Lester Smith Lookout Tower
Loddon River
Pyramid Creek
Kerang Wetlands System
Reedy Creek
Leaghur State Park


Kerang provides a range of comfortable accommodation at the Kerang Valley Resort, Downtown Motor Inn and local Caravan Parks.

For further information please contact:

Gannawarra Shire Council
Telephone: 03 5450 9333
Website: Gannawarra Shire accommodation

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Town statistics

Population 3,800
Distance from Melbourne 277 kilometres, 172 miles and 3 hours 20 minutes driving time
Road access Loddon Valley Highway or the Murray Valley Highway

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