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Victorian Volcanic Plains/Kanawinka Geotour

Spencer Street, Southern Cross Railway Station, West Melbourne, Victoria, 3003

This 3 Day Signature small group personalised Geotour lets you discover the geology, extinct volcanoes, waterfalls, lakes, lava tubes, Aboriginal and early European cultural impacts on these plains to present day Australian lifestyle.
The gently undulating volcanic plains of western Victoria are the third largest volcanic plain in the world and are formed of lava flows up to 60 metres thick and are studded with 400 volcanoes which have been erupting over the past five million to eight thousand years ago.

You travel to Ballarat to see the ex-volcanoes of the volcanic uplands making up part of the Great Dividing Range. At Hamilton, you see impressive waterfalls and climb the last active volcano in Victoria. In the southern part of the plains you get to see many lakes, which formed after the volcanoes ceased.

Kanawinka is Australia's most extensive volcanic plains, and has been internationally recognised and is one of the most significant and largest volcanic provinces in the world. The plain stretches across South Western Victoria and South East South Australia. The Kanawinka region gets its name from the geological fault that stretches from Portland (Victoria) to Naracoorte (South Australia). Kanawinka is an Aboriginal term meaning "Land of Tomorrow".

Cost
Type Indicative prices
Adult

Prices from Adult Single to Adult Twin Share/Couple. Price includes; Entrance Fees to parks and attractions, Accommodation, Breakfast, Morning tea and Dinner, Rail Ticket from and to Melbourne. No Single Supplement for Single/Individual Travellers.

$2,525.00 - $2,915.00
Child

Contact us for correct Children's Prices. Children (6 years to 15 years)

$2,525.00 - $2,915.00

Inclusions

Entrance Fees to parks and attractions, Accommodation, Breakfast, Morning tea and Dinner., Rail Ticket from and to Melbourne.

Days of operation:
  • During the COVID-19 Restrictions the tour is on Demand Booking Basis. When the COVID-19 Restrictions are lifted, then the tour will be on Recurring Departure Dates.

Tour highlights:
  • Red Rock Lookout
    Travelling across the volcanic plains we head to Red Rock. Red Rock has over 40 eruption points in the internationally significant volcanic complex, with 7 major crater lakes within the scoria cones. From the lookout you can see Lake Corangamite, which is Victoria's largest natural lake and is RAMSAR listed, you can also see the ex volcanoes of Mount Elephant, Mount Porndon and Mount Sugarloaf.
  • Mount Leura and Lakes Bullen Merri & Gnotuk
    • Mt Leura is a beautiful cone and maar system, part of a large volcanic complex. From the top there are excellent views across the volcanoes of the whole eastern volcanic plain landscape. • Mt Sugarloaf is a steep conical accumulation of scoria rising as a high point on the same crater rim as Mt Leura. It formed as a result of lava fountaining from the same point in the crater, building an ever increasing pile of scoria. • Lake Bullen Merri is a 490ha lake enclosed in a volcanic crater located on the outskirts of Camperdown. A large and complex multiple maars, the lake system is of international significance and has a richly documented Aboriginal Heritage. • Lake Gnotuk has formed in a single maar crater. Maar lakes such as this rely on ground water seeping into the lake and have no outlet. As a result evaporation has caused Lake Gnotuk to become twice as salty as sea water.
  • Nigretta Falls and Wannon Falls
    You travel to two of the best waterfalls on the volcanic plains, they being, • Nigretta Falls – It is thought that the site where the Nigretta Falls are found may have been the location of a super volcano about 450 million years ago. • Wannon Falls were created by lava flows that surged upstream to the Wannon River. The water which cascades over the 30 metre vertical precipice into a deep plunge pool below is actually flowing over hardened basalt lava. Further downstream rapids wind their way around large blocks of basalt, dislodged over time down the embankments of the narrow valley.
  • Mount Napier & Byaduk Caves
    You climb Victoria's youngest ex volcano and see the largest set of lava caves • Mt Napier is the youngest volcano in Victoria and the highest volcano point in the Western District Plains, with many eruption and lava flow features that are remnants from the last stages of volcanic activity 10,000 years ago. Some lava flows reach as far as the sea between Port Fairy and Portland. • Byaduk Caves in Mt Napier State Park are the most extensive and accessible set of lava caves in Australia. Being so young, only 8,000 years old, they are largely unweathered and in their natural state. The caves are accessed through collapsed roof sections and display many well preserved features left by the retreating and cooling lava. The largest tunnels are up to 18 metres wide, 10 metres high, and extend to depths of 20 metres below the surface.
  • Tower Hill Nature Reserve
    You travel to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve • Tower Hill features a deep circular crater formed some 25,000 years ago and is one of the largest maars in the world, formed when hot rising basaltic magma came into contact with the subterranean water table. The violent explosion that followed created the funnel shaped crater which later filled with water to form a lake and the island that can be observed today. At Tower Hill you get a chance to find kangaroo's, koala's, emu's and lots of other animals and birds in their natural habitat. You also get a chance to learn about the local Aboriginal culture.

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours is a leading Victorian Ecotourism tour operator. They conduct small group nature, sightseeing, heritage and wine tours.

It's the ideal way for couples, small groups and individual travellers to experience the many regions of Victoria, such as Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Daylesford and Spa country, Murray region, Southwestern coast, Victorian Volcanic Plains plus the Pyrenees and Southern Grampians wine region.

Relive the history and heritage of the gold rush as you visit Ballarat and Bendigo.

Walk with your eco-guide along the Goldfields track to discover wild nature and gold rush relics.

See the rainforests, tall cliffs and 12 Apostles coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road and the wide wilderness beaches of the Southern Ocean south-west.

Experience the nature of the Grampians with its wildflowers, kangaroos, emus, waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and wonderful views.

Discover Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and the Spa region. This region is famous for its mineral springs and spas.

Experience the Murray River region, with an eco river cruise, National park visits and river ferry boat history at Echuca and Swan Hill.

Travel the Silo Art Trail of the Wimmera Mallee, stopping at the many murals painted on the old grain silos.

The Pyrenees and Southern Grampians wine regions make some of the finest wines in Victoria. Taste the fine wines and food of both regions.

Membership:
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
Spencer Street, Southern Cross Railway Station, West Melbourne, Victoria, 3003

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