18 June 2020
ADVENTURE IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
If it’s your sense of adventure that’s fuelling your trip to the Volcanic Lakes and Plains, then rest assured your thirst for scenic outdoor activities will be well and truly quenched. At the top of the list should be Mount Elephant, which is open to the public from 1-4pm every Sunday (or by appointment), promising spectacular views from the summit.
Below the mountain is Lake Tooliorook — a picturesque sand-bottomed loch located 5km from Lismore, boasting breathtaking views and an opportunity to pick up a rod and set sail along its picturesque water. And if those spectacles weren’t enough, you can climb Mount Noorat — one of Australia’s best-preserved dry craters — and take in the volcanic plain’s surrounding peaks from the Alan Marshall Discovery Trail.
The Volcanic Lakes and Plains has a few lovely rail trails for you to cycle or walk on.
The shortest is the Terang to Noorat Rail Trail, only around 5kms long so great for walking or a family ride.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail is a bigger commitment but can be undertaken in two parts, with the township of Cobden around halfway. If you don't have a car - this is a great way to explore the region - you can get the train from Southern Cross station to Camperdown and bike form there where the trail begins.
More challenging is the longer Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail.
There are some beautiful walks in the region, including those to some spectacular lookouts. Some are easy and some will definitely work up a sweat! Try climbing to the peak of Mount Elephant or Mount Noorat. You can also walk the rim of these 'craters' (you can still see the shape of the crater inside these mounts). The leave canal walk or Lake surprise walk at Budj Bim National Park or walks at Tower Hill Reserve are also fantastic leg-stretchers.
Whether you are making a day of it or just taking a break from on your journey through the region, walks range from gentle and accessible to big days out!
LAKES FOR FISHING AND FUN
Without giving away too many local fisher's secrets, we can tell you that the fish often bite at Bullen Merri, Lake Purrumbete, Deep Lake, and Lake Tooliorook. For those into boating or water sports (form skiing to scanning), try Lake Bullen Merri or Deep Lake.
Where to stay when you visit
Located in the township of Terang about 212 kilometres South West of Melbourne the Dalvue Motel features 11 standard and executive suites, full off street parking, Wi-Fi, Digital television, clean...
Macarthur Park Country Cottages
Enjoy a tranquil short or long-term stay at Macarthur Park Country Cottages in Macarthur, Victoria, the gateway to the Budj Bim National Park.
Mortlake Caravan Park
Mortlake Caravan Park is ideally situated within the beautiful Tea Tree Lake reserve and gardens, providing ample open space for leisurely strolls or for the kids to play.
Koroit-Tower Hill Caravan Park
Located in the historic Irish township of Koroit you will be sure to experience Irish hospitality at its most charming.
Terang Motor Inn
The Terang Motor Inn is a 3.5 star rated motel. Offering 12 ground floor clean, comfortable refurbished rooms in Terang.
Manifold Motor Inn
Offering 15 spacious ground floor suites, all tastefully furnished with comfort and cleanliness guaranteed.