Casterton offers the community a variety of leisure and recreation venues. The Casterton Community is committed to providing leisure opportunities to residents and visitors through programs, special events, facilities, parks and trails while supporting community partnerships and volunteers. In doing so, it is Castertons’s goal to enhance quality of life and encourage the community to develop a healthy and active lifestyle.
The picturesque Ess Lagoon offers a tranquil picnic and fishing area and is regularly stocked with trout (A comprehensive Fishing Guide available at Casterton Visitor Information Centre).
The Railway Reserve features a railway-themed playground and shady rotunda. Apex Park, next to the Visitor Information Centre is a popular BBQ stop.
Both Bryan Park near the hospital and the Lions Memorial Park, near the Jack Gleeson statue on the riverbank have fun playgrounds for the kids.
Island Park Recreation Reserve offers a full range of sporting facilities including a Caravan Park, BBQ, playground, Olympic swimming pool, bowling club, croquet lawn, tennis courts and sports ovals.
A modern Skate Park is located opposite Island Park.
High above the town centre, Casterton’s Mickle Lookout offers magnificent views.
The view back to the lookout from the main street is also interesting, especially at night, when the huge ‘Fleur De Lys’ emblem is illuminated. Carved into the hill overlooking Casterton by Boy Scouts in 1935, using semaphore as a guide, the symbol is a stylised version of the official Scout Badge, the Fleur de Lys. The emblem is 91.5m (300ft) in circumference.
Meandering gently around town, the Kelpie Walking Trail links 5 unique sculptures revealing the fascinating life and times of the Kelpie.
The statues feature interpretive signage and the walker can chose from three routes.
Route 1 will take you via the main shopping district with its heritage-themed streetscape, while Route 2 is slightly longer and takes in some wonderful River Red-Gums and riverbank.
Route 3 comprises the River Walking Trail, along the beautiful banks of the Glenelg River. Download a map