Activities

Activities and attractions

Many Irish immigrants made Koroit their home in the 1840s and 1850s and one of the obvious links between the town and its Irish heritage is the potato crops grown in the surrounding rich volcanic soils. The Koroit Irish Festival is held on the first weekend in May each year to celebrate the town's heritage.

Other attractions include:
•    The Koroit Heritage Trail, which highlights many of Koroit’s beautiful old buildings. It is walkable and driveable and features 30 places of interest. Brochures are available at businesses throughout Koroit.
•    The famous Mickey Bourke’s Koroit Hotel. It has been trading as a hotel for a century-and-a-half and is known throughout the country.
•    The botanic gardens, which are part of a large, central recreational area and were designed by William Guilfoyle in the late 1800s.
•    The first public building, the former Tower Hill Lake National School, which was opened in 1857.
•    The Tower Hill Cemetery. Situated on the outskirts of the village, it is the final resting place for many well-known people and pioneers, including a Nobel Prize winner and the first Australian recognised as dying for Unionism.
•    The Tourist Drive, a 12-kilometre scenic tour of Koroit. Starts at the Historic Koroit Sign on Lake View Road.
•    Tourist information can be obtained at the Koroit Country Bakehouse at 126 Commercial Rd, Koroit. A direct phone link to the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre is available at no charge.
•    Dormant volcano and State Game Reserve Tower Hill, a wildlife lovers’ delight. Koroit is settled on the northern slopes of this attraction.
•    The Irish Festival, held the last weekend of April or first weekend of May each year, is a fun and energetic celebration of the town’s traditional Irish heritage. It features a renowned Danny Boy competition, as well as food, fun and entertainment, including Irish music from local and national acts.
•    January’s Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance offers a week of education on these areas and is developing in reputation and popularity.