Situated on top of the world’s third largest volcanic plain, Camperdown boasts lush rolling fields speckled with dairy farms. The area is known for its prominent mountain peaks, mouth-watering cheeses and historic trestle bridges.
Things to do in Camperdown
For a day out in nature, visit the Botanical Gardens. Walk through this Heritage-listed site while enjoying a unique collection of plants, including the rare Himalayan Oak and African Holly. At sunset, soak up the spectacular views of the crater lakes Gnotuk and Bullen Merri.
Mount Leura looms over the third largest volcanic plain in the world. Drive or walk to the scenic lookout at the summit and admire the distant outlines of the Grampian Mountain Range.
History buffs should head to the Camperdown and District Heritage Centre. Browse an extensive collection of photographs, artefacts and memorabilia highlighting the Indigenous people and the Emu Creek Massacre or join a guided tour for more detailed explanations of individual displays.
Head to the family-friendly Lake Bullen Merri for a picnic on the shoreline, swimming or to rent a boat and head out onto the water. Try your hand at waterskiing or relax under the on-site gazebo, which provides enough shade to enjoy a brew and barbecue.
Getting around Camperdown
Camperdown is situated on the Princes Highway and the easiest way to get around is by car. The V/Line Railway services the Warrnambool line connecting Camperdown to the cities of Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne.