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About Dereel

Dereel is an old gold mining town in the Western District of the Australian state of Victoria. At the 2011 census Dereel and the surrounding area had a population of 586 down from the 2006 population of 669. Dereel includes the area to the west known as Mount Mercer.

It is located on the Ballarat-Colac Road, 33 kilometres south of Ballarat and 70 kilometres north of Colac. There is no clearly defined town centre, though the Dereel Soldiers' Memorial Hall, located on Swamp Road, is commonly considered as the town centre.

The Dereel Post Office opened on 1 November 1868 and closed in 1971 and was located at the corner of the Colac-Ballarat road and Dereel-Rokewood Junction road.

Dereel includes a large wetlands area, referred to as the "Swamp" or "Lagoon". During the 1930's this swamp area was used as a race course.

Last news posts

  • COVID Information

    We are hopefully putting a lid on COVID but it's no time to be complacent. Please keep following the remaining restrictions and be sure to get vaccinated when you finally get the opportunity. Don't forget that the Golden Plains Shire has a Coronavirus information page for quick local information. ...

  • Dereel Community Hub

    The Dereel Community Hub now runs a Wordpress blog availabe at, if you wish to keep up to date with news and events to do with the Dereel Community Hub that is the place you should visit. ...

  • Mobile service for Dereel is now funded

    Malcolm Turnbull today announced 499 government, council and telco funded mobile phone services to be deployed around the country to address blackspots and we're happy to say that Dereel is covered. After listening to Malcolm's Google+ announcement it seems likely that Telstra plan to put their service on the existing NBN tower in our town....

  • Spring Festival

    To celebrate all things the community is currently doing, all the volunteers, all the community groups and initiatives, and to recognise all the hard work so far, the community are putting on a family friendly community celebration and market. All community groups in the area have been invited to showcase who they are and what...

  • Dereel Newsletter Edition 18

    In this edition: What’s been happening Dr Robert Gordon visit, Men’s Shed grant announcement, Connecting the Tots, Firewood for distribution, Information and Introduction Sessions at the Hall, Dereel Bushfire Fire ‘Where to next’ survey, Captain Cat’s Theatre, Golden Plains Arts...

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