• Lakes and Craters Holiday Park
  • Lakes and Craters Holiday Park
  • Lakes and Craters Holiday Park Equipment Hire
  • Lakes and Craters Holiday Park
  • Lakes and Craters Holiday Park

Things to do at Lakes and Craters Holiday Park

  • If you have your own mountain bike, why not attempt the X-Country Mountain Bike course right at our doorstep descending into the crater lakes!
  • Sit around a cosy campfire on those chilly nights! We hire out fire braziers, stocked with paper, kindling and redgum logs ready to go!
  • Visit the beautiful Guilfoyle Botanic Gardens (right next to the Lakes and Craters Holiday Park!)
  • Rennies Hill Lookout (again, right next to the Lakes and Craters Holiday Park!) for a spectacular lookout of the clover-shaped Lake Bullen Merri and the stunning salt-rimmed Lake Gnotuk with information signs on the lakes and surrounding landscape.
  • Go Zircon (gemstone) fossicking on the eastern beach of Lake Bullen Merri. Lots of large stones up to 17mm have been discovered.
  • Or just sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet that our park offers…

Things to do in and around Camperdown

  • Lake Bullen Merri, (490ha) one of the best freshwater fishing locations in Australia with a fantastic growth rate. Regularly stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout, Chinook salmon. There is also the elusive Australian Bass. True trophy fish territory!
  • Lake Bullen Merri is also a very popular water skiing and jet skiing location that boasts deep clear open water, Boat ramps, a safe swimming beach and excellent picnic & BBQ areas. Bullen Merri’s beauty inspired noted Austrian artist Eugene von Guerard to paint the Lake in 1858. It is still a migratory bird habitat and breeding ground for native fish. Visitors may be lucky enough to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, falcons, goshawks, kestrels, parrots and waterbirds. Bring your camera!
  • Drive up Mount Leura for 360-degree magnificent views of the Lakes and Craters district.
  • Climb the 100 steps of the Clock Tower for a fantastic view of the town (1st Sunday of the month).
  • Visit the Camperdown Heritage Centre and view fascinating local history and excellent displays of early Victorian settlement. Open Tuesdays 10am-3pm, and the first Sunday of the month 10am-3pm.

Camperdown Leisure Activities

Play the beautifully laid out Camperdown 18 hole golf course
Lawn bowls, tennis courts, cricket ground and horse trials events held regularly.
Excellent facilities for radio controlled gliders, thermal and slope soarers.

Excellent fishing lakes in the immediate area include Lake Purrumbete, Lake Tooliorook, Cobden Lake, Deep Lake, Lake Elingamite, Lake Mumblin, and Mount Emu Creek.

Camperdown Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

The Camperdown Gardens land was reserved in 1869 with work being carried out by Daniel Bunce from 1870, in 1888 improvements were made under the guidance of William Guilfoyle (architect of the famous Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens) The gardens were listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2011 due to the historic, aesthetic and scientific botanical significance. The Gardens feature three species of trees on the Significant Tree Registry – a rare African Holly, an avenue of nine Linden trees and two Himalayan Oaks. The impressive canopy also includes Elms, Oaks, Cedars and Pines from around the world.

These magnificent gardens are perched above the two volcanic crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk and are a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ (free electric) with your friends and family.

Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf

Take time to visit this beautiful lookout and the stunning views across the rolling Lake and Craters country, encompassing Lake Corangamite to the east and Lake Colongulac towards Mt Elephant. (so named by early explorers, and you will see why!) Views all the way to the Grampians, Mt Cole range and the Otway Ranges to the south can be taken on a clear day. A directional marker atop the lookout assists with these landmarks. If you are lucky you will see the resident falcon hunting along the ridgeline. Why not try the Panorama Circuit, an easy, well-marked walk across to Mt Sugarloaf awaits the more energetic!, and a bush reserve at the bottom of Mt Leura is a wonderful place to sit and observe the local wildlife.

Craters to Coast Rail Trail

The Camperdown to Timboon section is a wonderful family-friendly bicycle trail, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding volcanic lakes and craters scenery. Riders and walkers traverse volcanic features, open farmland, wooded grasslands and tall wet forests on the descent into the wooded Timboon valley. Why not rest up and prepare before beginning the 40km leg from the Lakes and Craters Holiday Park campgrounds!

Star Gazing

The park is situated on top of a hill and just far enough away from the lights of the town, to make it a wonderful place for stargazing.

Other attractions in the immediate Camperdown surrounds:

St Marks Benedictine Abbey – Camperdown
Miniature Railway Park (3rd Sunday of the month)- Cobden
Camperdown Rotary Market (1st Sunday of the month) – Camperdown
Historical Homesteads dot the surrounding landscape. Visit the Historical Society for a comprehensive tour map of the local attractions.

Lake Corangamite is Victoria’s largest inland lake. With a surface area of 234 square kilometres and a circumference of about 150 km, this spectacular body of water stretches for 32 km in a north-south direction

Mt Noorat and its central feature is an entire circular crater and is a fascinating walk. Also the birthplace for Alan Marshall of ‘I can jump puddles’ fame – Terang

For more detailed information, visit the Camperdown Tourist Office located opposite the clock tower in Manifold St.

12 Apostles Gourmet Trail (Highly recommended!)

Small region, big trophy cabinet! – award-winning, cheese, whisky and wine. Crowd-pleasing chocolate, crayfish, ice cream, yoghurt, strawberries and beer!

Local producers include:

  • Aldo’s Olives
  • Timboon Cheesery
  • Simpsons Snails
  • Timboon Railway Shed Distillery
  • Apostle Whey Cheese
  • G.O.R.G.E Chocolates
  • Newton’s Ridge Winery
  • Berry World
  • Great Ocean Ducks
  • Schulz Organic Farms
  • Timboon Fine Ice Cream
  • Dairylicious Farm Fudge
  • Sow & Piglets Brewery

Visit local businesses as part of a 70km loop that begins in Timboon and includes the coastal attractions east and west of Port Campbell and loops back to Camperdown through the quaint dairying town of Simpson.

Ask at the Park office for a Gourmet Trail map or click here for more.

The Corangamite Shire visitor information website http://visit12apostles.com.au is a great resource on the wider region and attractions in the area.

Regional Attractions

Twelve Apostles – Port Campbell
Red Rock Volcanic Complex – Colac
Heytesbury Settlement – Simpson
Floating Islands – Pirron Yallock
Lake Bookar, a State wildlife reserve and listed as a wetland of International significance

Dry Stone Walls Heritage Trail – Camperdown to Colac