Across Victoria’s western plains there are the remains of around 400 volcanoes. Stretching from Melbourne to Mt Gambier in South Australia the last was thought to have erupted 10,000 years ago. Nowadays they are little more than pimples on the landscape or rolling hills of wheat or grazing land.The most spectacular is Tower Hill situated just north of the historic seaside town of Port Fairy. Tower Hill is a nature reserve and home to emus. It is well worth taking the time to drive through the crater. Better still take a picnic and enjoy the lakes, the wildlife and surroundings.
For city dwellers and architectural aficionados the basalt of Melbourne’s grand buildings, almost precision perfect footpaths and cobbled gutters was sourced from the western plains region.