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A sturdy pair of shoes and a sense of adventure are all you need to ramble the Volcanic Lakes and Plains of Victoria. Climb every mountain. Breathe fresh air. Cast your cobwebs to the wind. Walk the rim of a volcanic crater and take in the stunning panorama of lakes and misty mountains from your chosen peak. Drive to the summit of Red Rock northwest of Colac, or Mount Leura at Camperdown, and step out across the volcanic maar. Climb to the top of Tower Hill to the south of Koroit or the massive Mount Elephant at Derrinallum. Learn more about what you observe at their visitor centres, including impressive revegetation projects. Mount Noorat, Mount Shadwell at Mortlake, and Mount Rouse south-east of Penshurst await you. Watch out for wedge-tailed eagles. Stay for the night and capture the golden sunset. Walk beside wallabies to sunrise at the summit before heading down into town for breakfast. There are more scoria cones and stony rises to explore. Choose your own adventure.

SKIPTON Walk or cycle into town from the Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail Stop for a while in Stewart Park and relax by Mount Emu Creek Stay quiet, still and patient and you might sight a platypus

NOORAT Call into the Noorat Hotel or The Shed for coffee, breakfast or lunch Don’t miss out on the ‘best in the west’ Noorat Show in November Come to the Noorat Market, last Saturday of the month, March to November

KOROIT Celebrate all things Celtic at the Koroit Irish Festival in April Catch up for a yarn at Micky Bourke’s Hotel Visit the Koroit Botanical Gardens

BEEAC Walk amongst the windmills at Beeac’s heritage park Take in the charm of the old shops and garages along Main Street

CAMPERDOWN

LISMORE

Victoria’s volcanic plains region contains the Ramsar-listed Western District Lakes wetlands system, which includes Lake Corangamite, Australia’s largest permanent saline lake. Some lakes are ephemeral, but in wet months they fill and teem with birdlife, with many varieties of ducks, grebes, herons, swans and the occasional pelican and sea eagle. Sometimes brolgas gather on their banks. These volcanic lakes were deeply significant to the Aboriginal peoples who lived beside them for thousands of years, and their spirit lives in the names they gave the lakes: Beeac, Bookar, Bolac, Bullen Merri, Colac, Colongulac, Corangamite, Elingamite, Gnarpurt, Gnotuk, Keilambete, Purrumbete, Terang and Tooliorook. Local communities celebrate and revere the lakes and waterways of the volcanic plains. They wash into childhood memories and flood through ancestral stories. In summer heat and winter calm people are drawn to their shores for recreation and quiet reflection. Whether bird-watching, angling, water skiing, swimming, paddling or sailing, you can make them part of your own story.

LISMORE Break your trip with a dip in the Lismore Pool Delve into early settlement history along the Lismore Discovery Trail Camp at Lake Tooliorook for relaxing days of fishing and birdwatching

PENSHURST Visit Penshurst’s Volcano Discovery Centre Catch the Penshurst Agricultural and Pastoral Show in December Don’t miss the famous Penshurst Races on Boxing Day

MORTLAKE Fossick for olivine and peridot in Mt Shadwell quarry Take in the history of Mortlake in the town’s bluestone precinct Chill out or tempt a trout at Tea Tree Lake Reserve

CAMPERDOWN Take a tour of the Clocktower and listen to the echoes of the past Visit Camperdown’s 150-year-old Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Search for hidden treasure in the town’s boutique stores and op shops

DERRINALLUM

Stretching from Werribee, west of Melbourne, to beyond Mount Gambier in South Australia, Victoria’s fertile western plains are some of the richest farmland in the country. The Volcanic Lakes and Plains are studded with villages and towns that sprang up next to volcanic landmarks or at river crossings, jewels from a time when Australia rode on the sheep’s back. Step into a world where vintage is always in vogue, talk to a local treasure, shop for a perfect gift and wrap yourself in a warm blanket of nostalgia. Take in the local markets and browse antique shops, bazaars, craft shops, museums and building renovation yards. Roll out the picnic rug under grand avenues of oak and elm and soak up the charm of heritage-listed buildings and homesteads. Rustic windmills, canola fields and dry stone walls add to the enchantment. Surrender to the spell of a country hotel, the magic of a crackling fire and warm hospitality that will have you reaching for your pouch to pay for a night at the inn.

COBDEN

TERANG Stroll the oak avenue and window shop along High Street See a different side to Terang from the 4.5 km Lions Walking Track Tap your toes and sing along at the Terang Country Music Festival

DERRINALLUM Camp, fish, watch on or join in with the sailboats on Deep Lake Learn about the land you walk at the Mount Elephant Visitor Centre Stop for a spell in the elm avenue and visit the op shop

COBDEN Follow the Cobden Story trail Join in the fun at the annual Cobden Spring Festival in October Walk, fish and picnic on the banks of Lake Cobden

DARLINGTON Walk down to Mount Emu Creek for a picnic on Nuggets Flat Look up the racing calendar for Darlington’s Western Speedway Stop overnight at the Elephant Bridge B&B

Lunch at Beeac’s 100-year-old Farmers Arms Hotel

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