Moriac and Mount Moriac

Moriac is a rural village 20 km south-west of Geelong, on the railway line to Colac. Mount Moriac, the older of the two places, is on the Princes Highway and is about 2 km north of Moriac. The actual mountain, 270 metres high, is about 2 km north of the highway.

It is thought that the name derives from an Aboriginal word meaning hill.

The mountain served as a landmark for ships entering Port Phillip Bay, and its sides were planted with vineyards when Geelong was a wine region before the phylloxera infestation in the 1870s.

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