Volcanic craters – Mount Eccles National Park

Volcanic craters are dotted all over the Western District plains, many of them filled by lakes. From Red Rock Lookout near Colac, you can see across 30 of these volcanic lakes. Tower Hill, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, is another well-known crater. North-west of Port Fairy is Mount Eccles National Park. There are three main craters here, formed around 20 000 years ago, and together they hold 700-metre-long Lake Surprise, which is fed by underground springs. You can circle the rim of the craters and then walk around the edge of this pretty lake that is also ideal for swimming.

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