About 34,000 residents call Moorabool home. Most live in the main centres of Bacchus Marsh (59 kms west of Melbourne CBD) and Ballan (70 kms west of Melbourne CBD). Moorabool also features 18 localities, hamlets, and towns that have a population less than 100.


Something for everyone in Moorabool Shire

Between 2011 and 2026, the population is forecast to increase:

  • 34.9% under working age
  • 31% working age
  • 100.8% retirement age

A step into the Central Highlands

Moorabool Shire straddles the Western Freeway in Victoria. Its eastern boundary is located 40 kilometers immediately to the west of Melbourne CBD and extends westwards to within 5km of the City of Ballarat.

Covering an area of 2,110 km squared, Moorabool lies in the heart of a growth corridor to the west.

A landscape that attracts

Characterised by great ranges, plains, and rugged river gorges, these landforms provide spectacular scenery and a great variety of plants and animals.

74.1% of the Shire is made up of water catchment, state forest, or national park.

Notable forests, parks, and reserves include: 

Wombat State Forest
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Lerderderg State Park
Werribee Gorge State Park
Various regionally significant reserves.

An excellent alternative to city living

The charms of Moorabool Shire extend well beyond its landscape. Perhaps it's just the engaging semi-rural setting? Or the competitively priced land and housing?

With a range of excellent community and health services, retail, education, and efficient transport links, Moorabool is an excellent alternative to city living.