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Nestled in the valley of the Glenelg River, Casterton is the perfect base for day trips to outlying towns. Casterton is a Roman name meaning 'walled city', given to the town because of the natural wall of hills surrounding the valley where it lies. Revel in the history throughout the town, and glean pieces of yesteryear from the interpretive signage on local buildings.Two of the most prestigious, main street buildings are the original 1850s shire office, which is now the RSL Hall and home to Casterton's military history, and the Historic Railway Precinct, which brings together the exciting history of life in the 1800s. Casterton is known as the 'home of the Kelpie'. A prized Scottish Collie female pup from nearby Warrock Homestead was sold to a stockman named Jack Gleeson, who named her 'Kelpie' she was bred out with various black and tan dogs, and so began the long line of the working man's best friend. An annual festival is held in honour of the iconic Australian working dog. The Casterton Kelpie Festival is run over the June long weekend, and incorporates the famous Working Dog Auction on the Sunday.
Kelpie Walking Trail: A 2.7km walk around town surrounds (approx 50mins) featuring three additional kelpie theme sculptures in different mediums. The trail map is available from the Visitor Information Centre.