Outdoor Activities

Biking

Discover cycling trails within our Volcanic Lakes and...

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Fishing

Fish local rivers or volcanic...

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Golf

Tee off in the Volcanic Lakes and...

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Trails & Lookouts

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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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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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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...

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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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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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Female on the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail Trestle Bridge with a bicycle

Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail

The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and...

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Cobden Golf Club

Come and have a hit of golf on the picturesque course- whether you are a novice or more experienced golfer you will be sure to...

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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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Terang Dry Lake Walk

An interesting trail that chronicles the science and history of the dry lake bed situated on the pretty lowland of the town’s...

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Skipton Golf Club

9 Hole course gently undulating, watered tees, grass greens and surrounds. Tree lined...

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Koroit Heritage Trail

Grab a brochure online or from the Koroit Bakery and treat yourself to a journey through the town’s fascinating...

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Lady walking down the jetty at Lake Purrumbete

Fishing in the Volcanic Lakes & Plains

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

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Male taking a swing at Golf

Terang Golf Club

18 Hole tree lined course and watered couch grass fairways, grass greens and six bunkers. There are many native trees and...

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Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail Trestle Bridge

Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

Enjoy this wonderful 53km trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites, traversing 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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Bicycle leaning against the pillar of the jetty on Lake Bullen Merri

A Mount, 3 Lakes, Cake & Coffee

Distance 46.8km Elevation gained:...

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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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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...

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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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Mount Elephant

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

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Lismore Golf Club

9 Hole course. Gently undulating, tree lined fairways and lake but no...

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Girl sitting on the river bank

Fishing Local Rivers

From the volcanic plains and Otway Ranges to the coast our rivers and streams traverse a landscape of lakes, conical peaks,...

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Camperdown Golf Course

18 hole golf course set in a volcanic crater with views across the green towards Lake Bullen Merri and Lake...

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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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Be Inspired

Dreaming of Scotland? Trek Victoria's Volcanic Lakes and Plains

With a winter carpet of emerald green, morning mist on sapphire lakes, hill walking and charming historic towns you could be forgiven for thinking...

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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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Baa-ewe-tiful rainbows starting to fill our skies 🌈

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Stop, Sit and Stay for a while at the peak of Mt Rouse, Penshurst's dormant volcano and a landscape for all to explore and enjoy! 🐶

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A moment of sunshine at Red Rock on an otherwise wet and freezing day.

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Head down to Mortlake for a Wonderful Winter Weekend❄️

🖼️ With the weekend long Mortlake Art Show displaying an array of unique local talent created since 2020.

10am - 4pm
Mortlake Soldier Memorial Hall
Cnr Shaw and Townsend St

🛍️ And the Mortlake Market - with food, produce and variety stalls - complemented with live music by Witch 3 and a Lucky Market Prize.

Monday 13/6
9am - 1pm
Market Square
Shaw St

All the more reason to enjoy the mini holidays in the Volcanic Lakes and Plains!

- https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/events/mortlake-market/
- https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/events/mortlake-art-show/
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A south west Victoria sunset goes a little like this... 🌅

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The stunning panoramic views of Tower Hill 🙌🏻

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

Discover more at: www.volcaniclakesandplains.com.au
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Lake Bullen Merri's clover like shape is a legacy of its volcanic past; the lake was formed from the remains of three adjoining craters.

Discover more at: www.volcaniclakesandplains.com.au
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Nigretta Falls like you've never seen before!

​"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes." – Marcel Proust

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Tandarook Botanic Gardens, established in 1981, are located in a part of town and on a property that has had many uses. From a quarry to a rubbish tip, the gardens now have a sheltered rotunda, walking paths, toilets and BBQ and host many weddings and other events.

Discover more about Cobden here https://volcaniclakesandplains.com.au/towns-villages/cobden/
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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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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.

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