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Couple sitting on Lake Colac pier

Lake Colac

With a surface area of 2,778 hectares and a circumference of 33 kilometres, Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in...

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View of Simpson Lake with the rotunda in the background and a bench in the foreground

Heytesbury Settlement Historical Park

The Heytesbury Settlement Historic Park is located on the banks of Simpson Lake and commemorates the development of the...

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Couple walking along South Beach at Lake Bullen Merri

Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of...

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Panoramic view of Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite is the largest permanent salt-water lake in Australia, with a surveyed area of over 23,000...

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Female walking through the main entrance of the Camperdown Botanic Garden

Camperdown Botanical Gardens

These magnificent  gardens are perched above the two volcanic crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk and are a...

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Female overlooking Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk

Lake Bullen Merri and Gnotuk Lookout

A fantastic lookout. An interpretive sign describes the dynamics of the lakes and the reasons for their differing...

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Person sitting at the end of the jetty at Lake Tooliorook

Lake Tooliorook

Picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore. The lake offers good fishing and boating amenity and...

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Couple feeding ducks at Cobden Lake

Cobden Lake

Cobden Lake is fed by Cobden Creek and has a paved walk and viewing platforms around it’s circumference. Visitors can enjoy...

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View of the rotunda

Tandarook Botanic Gardens

Tandarook Botanic Gardens, established in 1981, are located in a part of town and on a property that has had many...

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Female leaning on a dry stone wall looking towards Mount Elephnat

Ancient Views: Our Volcanic Lakes & Plains

The unique volcanic landscape in south-western Victoria was most likely formed from about two million years ago, when lava flowed...

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Panoramic view of Deep Lake

Deep Lake Recreation Reserve

Deep Lake is just 4.5km from the beautiful township of Derrinallum in South West Victoria and is located just off the Hamilton...

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Couple standing at Red Rock Lookout overlooking the volcanic plains

Red Rock Lookout

Enjoy the views over Victoria’s largest permanent inland lake.  Look over to the west and you will see scattered volcanic...

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Lady walking down the jetty at Lake Purrumbete

Lake Purrumbete

Lake Purrumbete is an attractive volcanic lake that fishes well for trout and chinook salmon. With an average depth of 45m and a...

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View of the jetty leading into Lake Elingamite

Lake Elingamite

The crater rim above the lake offers great views and a strong impression of the volcanic nature of the...

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Female touching the dry stone walls with Mount Elephant in the background

Nature in the North

As residents of the area, how lucky we are to be used to the sight of rolling green hills, quaint towns and dramatic...

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Adventure is at your fingertips

Come and experience the stunning natural surrounds of the Volcanic Lakes and Plains. Use our interactive map to plan your journey. Try out some of...

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🐝 B E E / A M A Z E D ⛅️ … this dreamy vista … the volcanic plains in all their majesty … foggy clouds skimming the rim of the crater lake of Bullen Merri … an ephemeral glimpse at sunrise before the clouds uplifted … what a delight … just like the honey the bees make as they buzz and hum across this horizon … visiting local flowers to produce authentically local honey … pure, raw, nothing but honey, with a dash of beeswax and a dusting of pollen on top … delicious, limited-edition, small-batch decadence … new deliveries buzzing into local stockists for wintry days … 💛 🍯

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Pay a visit to the Penshurst Botanic Gardens, an absolute beauty at this time of year with all its changing colours 🍂

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​📷: The Wimmera & Beyond photos by Chris O'Connell via FB
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Just a few minutes drive from Cobden you will find these breath taking views over Lake Bullen Merri.

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The Courthouse Camperdown was erected in 1886 in the Medieval Gothic Revival style replacing an earlier structure constructed in 1858. It ceased being a court house in 1990 and now operates as a Visitor Information Centre and offers a fabulous range of locally made goods.
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Narrapumelap Historic Homestead & Gardens are open to the public by appointment.

You can enjoy this historic gothic style homestead and lush gardens during their open days on Easter Sunday and Monday and Melbourne Cup Eve Weekend.
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Take the drive down Byaduk’s Old Crusher Road and be met with the Lava Blisters, a phenomenon to exist in one of only three locations across the world; something that makes this region just that little bit more special to the locals that love it and the visitors who visit it

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Immerse yourself in nature with a sprinkle of Irish charm in the Volcanic Lakes & Plains… 🍀

Located in the historic Irish township of Koroit you’ll be sure to experience Irish hospitality at its most charming. The Koroit-Tower Hill Caravan Park is only a five-minute walk to the Koroit town centre and is located at the beautiful and historic Botanic Gardens.

The park is ideally placed right on the doorstep of the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, an inactive volcano where you can enjoy a picnic or walk around the crater to see its wildlife or to study its geology and rich indigenous cultural history.

https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/accommodation/koroit-tower-hill-caravan-park/
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Misty, mystical early morning at Camperdown Botanic Gardens

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You can find sheds and op shops galore full of antique furniture, memorabilia, vintage clothing, records and various Bric a Brac in our Volcanic Lakes and Plains . Who knows what you’ll find this weekend!

Discover more at https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/attractions/
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Mist between the peaks, views from Red Rock Lookout

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Colac's best sunset spot and one of Australia's youngest volcanoes.

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Local pup Auggie decided to make the most out of some incredible views from Harman's Valley Lookout!

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Mount Leura (311m) and Mount Sugarloaf (312m) sit within the larger, older Leura Volcanic Complex which is listed on the National Trust Register of Significant Sites and is estimated to be active 30,000 years ago.

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Shout out to all the dancing mums who vow to never stop embarrassing their kids 🤙
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Deep Lake is just 4.5km from the beautiful township of Derrinallum in South West Victoria and is located just off the Hamilton Highway. The Lake offers spectacular views of Mount Elephant and has toilets, boat launching facilities and a state of the art floating jetty.

Discover more lakes here: https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/category/explore/nature-wildlife/rivers-lakes-reserves/
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Lake Bolac Hotel is located in picturesque farmland within Victoria’s western district. The bluestone structure was established in 1862 and is reminder of the pioneers and gold miners who settled in the area over 150 years ago. Today you can enjoy the charm and country hospitality this historic hotel has to offer.

Discover more Lake Bolac has to offer here: https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/towns-villages/lake-bolac/
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Enjoy a quaint beverage and scenic views at Suffoir 🍷🍇

Suffoir Winery and Cellar Door is a boutique winery, brewery, cidery and distillery, located just down the road from Budj Bim National Park, Macarthur. Spoil yourself to their specialty Pinot Noir, botanical gins and craft beers - paired with a grazing platter filled with local products to get the full Suffoir experience ✨

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What do you get when lava solidifies on top of a surface and molten lava continues to flow underneath? If you guessed an intricate connection of tubes (referred to today as caves) below the surface, then you guessed right!

This is exactly what happened when lava flow from Mount Napier (Victoria’s youngest volcano) last erupted 30,000 years ago, creating the magnificent state park we see today around its base.

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Walk the Alan Marshall Discover Trail to the summit of Mount Noorat, explore our historical hotels and relax and enjoy the some old fashioned country hospitality.

Discover country hospitality here: https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/restaurants_category/bar/
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