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Located 176km west of Melbourne on the Hamilton Hwy, Derrinallum is situated at the base of Mount Elephant; an unusually shaped Mount which was purchased by the local communities in partnership with Trust for Nature in the year 2000. Known as the “Swagmans Lighthouse” or the “light house of the western district.” Rising 240 metres above the volcanic plains, the Mount can be seen for many miles around in any direction.

In the earliest days of white settlement, Derrinallum was known as the “The Swamp” even though the aboriginals had named the locality “Djerrinallum”, meaning sea swallow or tern. When the area was surveyed in the 1860s it was officially called Tooliorook but subsequently changed to its present name.

Major Features:
Mount Elephant, stone walls, walking tracks, camping, lakes - boating, sailing, fishing

Groups include walking, pilates and gentle exercises.  Derrinallum, in conjunction with neighbouring township Lismore, supports an Australian Rules football team, and associated netball club, competing in the Mininera & District Football League.  Other - very active - sporting clubs with excellent facilities include lawn bowls, croquet, cricket, tennis, fishing, yachting, power boat. Several lakes in the area - including Deep Lake and Lake Ettrick (or Tooliorook) - are stocked with fish and provide excellent opportunities for boating, water sports and recreational fishing.


  • Rural transaction centre - Centrelink Access point, secretarial services, internet access, printing, sale of pre-loved books, local arts and crafts, tourist information

  • Derrinallum P-12 College, a co-educational state school with excellent facilities and programs
    Front Paddock licensed restaurant

  • Foodworks supermarket

  • Hotel/motel

  • Takeaway food

  • Newsagency

  • Post office

  • Library

  • Community Opportunity Shop

  • Stock & Station store

  • Fuel and mechanical repairs

  • Agricultural services

  • Community hall

  • RSL Sub Branch

  • History group

  • CFA

  • CWA

  • Senior Citizens Club


Mount Elephant is open every Sunday from 1-4pm.
Visitors, including groups, welcome at other times - phone:  0409 535 914, 5597 6570, 0408 547 015 or visit the

Mt Elephant website

Camping is available at Deep Lake Reserve, Chatsworth Road.

or contact Derrinallum Progress Association - Cr Lesley Brown 0409 535 914 or visit the Derrinallum website.

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