Nature & Wildlife

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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