The Lakes and Craters region is a key feature of the area's Volcanic Plains, with Lake Corangamite taking the title of Victoria's largest inland lake. Its impressive size is hard to fathom, with the surface area spanning more than two hundred square kilometres.
This distinctive body of water has extremely high levels of salinity and is prone to evaporation. It was, in fact, almost completely dry during the drought, leading to the discovery of a World War II RAAF Wirraway as the waters receded in 2005.
The lake has only just refilled in recent years, with the rise of inflow creeks and springs, to become home again to a vast variety of waterbirds, including ducks, terns, petrels, ibis and black swans.
Also characterising this part of Corangamite are The Stoney Rises and the small hills and mountains caused by ancient volcanic activity, which are strangely complementary to the sweeping pastoral plains of grazing sheep and cattle, and the bright seasonal fields of canola and sunflowers.
The Volcanic Plains provide grazing land for sheep and cattle.
There's no doubt that Corangamite is a shire of rich diversity, offering volcanic vistas, startling sights of lakes and wildlife and charming country scenes – as well as the more famous tropical and coastal panoramas.
The Corangamite Shire begins within an hour's drive east of Warrnambool, and around the same distance west of Melbourne. Visitors to the area can visit any of the region's tourist information centres for directions to scenic lookouts of the lakes and the Red Rock volcano, or simply take a tour of the back roads – there's plenty to see wherever you go.