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Around Camperdown

THERE’S a very real sense of natural and man-made history at play in and around Camperdown.

Volcanoes are responsible for the stunning landscapes surrounding the town, where sweeping plains and lush pastures surrender to mountains, lakes and maars – unusual flat-floored volcanic craters with steep inner walls.

Apart from the visual feast of this 20,000 year old landscape, there are also a series of lakes which are used for fishing, swimming, water-skiing, and jet-skiing. Lake Bullen Merri is stocked with chinook salmon & rainbow trout, and there are sailing regattas at Easter, plus an annual speedboat race.

All the lakes in the Camperdown area, including Lake Purrumbete, Lake Gnotuk, Lake Colongulac and Victoria’s largest – Lake Corangamite – are the result of volcanic activity.

At sunrise and sunset the moody shades of pink, gold, red and blue provide highlight the lakes and craters inspiring photographers and artists.

Based on the lower slopes of Mount Leura and the world’s third largest volcanic plain, Camperdown occupies the traditional lands of Djargurd Wurrung people, and is the service centre for the rural shire of Corangamite which is predominantly agricultural. Crops, sheep, beef and dairies are among the most prominent forms of farming. A distinctive feature of district farms are impressive networks of dry stone walls, commissioned by farmers to improve the grazing on their stony farms and to keep rabbits out.

Just 2½ hours’ drive, or 194km west of Melbourne, Camperdown’s architecture has been well-preserved, providing a strong sense of the town’s history post European settlement.

The wide, elm lined streets, rich architecture and variety of retail and service outlets sustain Camperdown’s population of approximately 3,500 people and also provide essential services for outlying rural communities and tourists.

Camperdown was settled in 1839 and by the 1850s many of the town’s iconic buildings such as the Leura Hotel, Court House (now a tourism centre & restaurant) and Police station were being built. The gothic clock tower that stands in the town centre was built in memory of a member of the Manifold family, the first Europeans to settle in the area.

When the Loch Ard sank in 1878, the Head Lightkeeper’s son from Cape Otway Lightstation rode on horseback to Camperdown and a telegram, telling the world about the wreck, was sent from the Old Post Office.

Camperdown is served by a daily train service west to Warrnambool and east to Melbourne, an accident and emergency department, aged care facilities, medical and ancillary professionals. On the education front there are kinders, a P-12 college, plus Catholic primary and secondary schools.

There is a vibrant sporting, arts and social scene in Camperdown, complemented by walking trails and the Guilfoyle designed botanic gardens.

Gardens flourish in Camperdown’s temperate climate – the warmest month is February with an average daily maximum of 25.3°C and the coldest month is July with an average daily maximum of 13.3°C. Rainfall is reliable and averages range from 37.9mm per month in February to 91.5mm per month in August.

Camperdown is less than an hour drive from the provincial city of Warrnambool, 30 minutes from Colac, a small regional city, and just under an hours’ car journey to Port Campbell and the world famous Shipwreck Coast.

Camperdown is a visually appealing country town, without a single traffic light, and has the advantage of being within easy reach of Victoria’s capital and major regional centres including Geelong.

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