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Couple walking in to the botanic gardens at Lake Colac

Colac Botanic Gardens

The Colac Botanic Gardens, designed by William Guilfoyle (Melbourne Botanic gardens), occupy about 16 hectares in an elevated...


Mount Elephant

Visible from 60 kilometres in every direction, Mount Elephant dominates the landscape and now you have the chance to put yourself...

Image of a couple on a bench on Mount Leura overlooking the Corancamite Shire plains

Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf

On a clear day the Grampians and Otway Ranges are easily picked from the mounted distance and direction...

Female sitting on a rock on Mount Rouse overlooking the Volcanic plains

Mount Rouse

Twenty minutes east of Hamilton lies the town of Penshurst, home to the extinct volcano Mount...

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...

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...

Couple sitting on Mount Noorat

Mount Noorat Walk

Alan Marshall Discovery Trail. One of Australia’s best preserved dry craters offering commanding views of surrounding peaks on...

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...

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...

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...

Female walking through the main entrance of the Camperdown Botanic Garden

Camperdown Botanic Gardens

To the west of the township of Camperdown, at the top of a windswept hill, you will find the Camperdown Botanic Gardens and...

Boat Fishing on Lake Bullen Merri with a rainbow centered on the boat

Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

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

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...

View of the lake and rotunda at Penshurst Botanical Gardens

Penshurst Botanic Gardens

Tucked away just off the Hamilton Highway with entry via Cox Street, the Penshurst Wetland Gardens are located within the...

2 black swans and cygnets

Yatmerone Reserve

With over 30 species of birds living in the wetlands, Yatmerone is a popular bird-watching area providing a place where visitors...

Lady sitting at the edge of the lake with her feet over the edge of a deck

Cobden Lake

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

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...

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...

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...


Stewart Park

Positioned on the banks of Mount Emu Creek, home of the...


Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands Inc.

Meet the Friends of the Forgotten...

Panoramic view of 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...

Male standing looking towards sunset on the summet of Tower Hill overlooking the crater lake

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...

Little boy and little girl on their bike at Koroit Botanic Gardens

Koroit Botanic Gardens

Take a break in the refreshing, green Koroit Botanic...


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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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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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