Terang and Noorat
Terang is one of the oldest rural towns in the state and is noted for its grand, historic trees, many more than 100 years old and National Trust classified. Terang is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "a twig with leaves".
Settlement of the area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for farming. Growth was minimal until the 1840s and 1850s, when the township of Terang was established. Expansion continued during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the saw-milling industry. The most significant development occurred in the early post-war period. The population has declined slightly since the early 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Much of the rural area is used for dairy farming.
Six kilometres north of Terang, Noorat was the childhood home of the great humanitarian, Alan Marshall. Perhaps best known by many as the author of "I Can Jump Puddles", Marshall's early life can be relived from his home to his childhood fishing and swimming spots by following the Alan Marshall Discovery Trail.
Mount Noorat, Terang Dry Lake walk (Lake Terang), bandstand rotunda, Apex playground, swimming pool, golf course, bowls club, recreation reserve, Terang Racecourse (Thoroughbred Racing) and Dalvui Raceway (Harness Racing).
Terang is home to a modern sports stadium offering basketball, netball and badminton as well as a fully equipped fitness centre. Terang is also home to a swimming pool, squash courts, 18 hole golf course, bowls, croquet and pony club.
Terang is serviced by a public hospital, library, aged care facilities and a regular rail and bus service. Education in Terang is provided by Terang College (P-12) and St Thomas Primary School. Education in Noorat is provided by Noorat Primary School and Mercy Regional College.
- New Year's Day Races (January)
- Terang Country Music Festival (March)
- Annual Terang Traders Gala Night (December)