Spectacular regional villages and towns and warm country hospitality
Located in the heart of the 3rd largest volcanic plain on the planet. Brimming with history and located on the Princes Highway. A great stop or place to base yourself to explore the region.
Mortlake is the home of Olivine (a semi-precious stone) and a thriving country town. Perfect to break your journey.
Cobden is surrounded by undulating pastures and the distinctive features of the Volcanic Lakes and Plains, this friendly community offers much for the visitor and is an ideal place to base yourself for a Great Ocean Road and Volcanic Lakes and Plains Adventure.
Terang is a beautiful country town located on the Princes Highway. In any season you will appreciate the beautiful tree-lined main street and undulating landscape. You will find much to see and do including the Terang Dry Lake Walk and 18 hole Golf Course.
Nestled at the base of one of Australia's best preserved dry Craters (Mt Noorat) lies the charming village of Noorat. Explore the setting of the iconic Australian novel "I can jump puddles", take a step back, slow down and give in to warm country hospitality.
Located on the Hamilton highway, Lismore is a favourite stopover for many and the historic buildings in the township are well worth some further exploration.
A village of character with Mount Elephant as it's backdrop. Mount Elephant is visible for 60kms in each direction and looms large on the volcanic landcsape.
Dry stone walls, weathered windmills, a bluestone bridge and an historic hotel converted to a Bed and Breakfast. Use the tiny village of Darlington as a base for exploring volcanic lakes and plains and southern edge of the Grampians.
Skipton offers the visitor a range of wildlife viewing experiences with bird-life on the lake and even a chance to spot a platypus from a viewing platform on Mt Emu Creek. Take a pit-stop here or take to 2 wheels on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.
Authentic rural heartland just 25km north of the 12 Apostles. Close to 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail businesses including Apostle Whey Cheese and GORGE Chocolate.
Located on the northern rim of Tower Hill State Game Reserve, Koroit derives its name from the Koroitch Gundidj people, one of the original occupiers of the area.Irish immigrant settled here in the 1840’s, the town still maintains its fascinating Irish charm as can be seen by a short walk or cycle along the main street and into the side streets.
Macarthur is the gateway to the spectacular Budj Bim National Park. This quaint town is increasingly marked on the map of travellers seeking adventure in the nearby National Parks, hiking and biking tracks, lava canals, rare caves and rich Indigenous history.
An explosive history and a never-failing spring with a village feel. Penshurst is the perfect blend of charm and fascination. Cosied up beside the now dormant volcano of Mount Rouse, the town is reminiscent of yesteryear.
Lake Bolac is located within easy driving distance to the Grampians National Park and the Great Ocean Road. An important service centre for the surrounding farms, the township is also an attraction in its own right. The freshwater lake is 27 kilometres around the foreshore and is a popular boating, fishing and sailing area when full.