Luke and I went for a day trip out west yesterday. First we visited the Red Rock lookout near Colac, an area of highly concentrated volcanic activity 6,000 - 12,000 years ago. You can see several craters (or maars) from the lookout.
You can also see Lake Corangamite, which is Australia's largest permanent salt lake, as well as lots of gorgeous green fields.
As we approached the turn-off to the lookout I saw a big hill in the distance and said to Luke that it looked like Mount Elephant, but I didn't think it was in the right spot. Turns out that it was Mt Elephant! Go, me. I know my big hills. Western Victoria is home to hundreds of dormant/extinct volcanoes and as I grew up in that part of the state, I have seen quite a few of them. I lived near the foot of one (Mt Rouse) in my teens and my Dad built the fire lookout that sits on its summit.
Anyway, here are my photos from the day.
Lots of canola fields on the way to Geelong
Some of the craters seen from Red Rock lookout
Looking towards Red Rock lookout, Lake Corangamite on the horizon
We had lunch at the bakery in Colac and then headed towards Beech Forest, which is on the edge of the Otway Ranges and close to several waterfalls. We visited Hopetoun Falls because it's only a short walk (downhill) to get the best view of the falls.
Lots of steps, but it's a beautiful walk
Look! A waterfall!
I enjoyed walking through mud and puddles
Taken from a rock that I stepped into the creek to get to.
Ready to unfurl
We stopped for a little while in the redwood forest near Hopetoun Falls before heading home via the Great Ocean Road.
The trees were planted in 1939
A creek runs alongside the forest
On the Great Ocean Road