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Mt. Leura, Camperdown

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published December 16th 2020
The only eruptions here will be your enjoyment
Camperdown is 190 kms west of Melbourne on the Princes Highway. As you travel across the flat volcanic plains of the western district, Mt. Leura is a dominant feature on the outskirts of Camperdown.

Mt. Leura.
Your first sight of Mt. Leura.

Mount Leura is a 313-metre scoria cone surrounding a dry crater 100 m deep and is the central and most obvious component of a larger volcanic complex.

area map
Map of the area.

The Mount Leura reserve was established in 1899 and with the adjoining Mt. Sugarloaf reserve, covers 50 ha.

reserve sign
At the start of Mt. Leura Road.

Turn off the highway at Adeney Street, which is marked with a Mt. Leura sign, where at the end you turn left into Mt. Leura Road.

Mt. Leura sign
This will guide you.

This sealed, narrow, 1.5 km. road winds its way to the summit car park. It has a 40 kph speed limit as it is used by cyclists and pedestrians and has a couple of hairpin bends.

Mt Leura Road.
Mt. Leura Road near the summit.

From the car park, a short walk takes you to the summit to enjoy outstanding views across the Western Victorian volcanic plains.

Summit car park
Car park with a short walk to the summit.

view across country
The view to the north.

summit trail
Along the summit trail from car park.

A seat is provided for those who want an extended viewing experience.

seat with a view.
A seat with a view.

There are four walks emanating from the car park. The Maar Lookout Trail is only an 80-metre walk, rewarded with a seat to enjoy the magnificent uninterrupted views.

Maar Lookout Trail.
The Maar Lookout Trail starts at the car park.

Maar Lookout.
The view at the end.

Along this trail, many native kinds of grass were evident and only one floral specimen was seen.

native grass
A fine specimen

pink flower
The only flower seen.

The Volcanology Trail is 500 metres, the Banksia Trail is 300 metres and the Panorama Trail 1.7 km, which is mostly in the adjacent Mt. Sugarloaf Reserve.

Mt. Sugarloaf.
Mt. Sugarloaf as seen from the Mt. Leura car park.

All the trails are classified as easy to moderate, difficulty wise. Some of them have steps. They are circular, so no need to back-track.

Mt. Leura trails map
Mt. Leura trails map.

There are many illustrated boards on the trails giving detailed information about how volcanos are formed.

volcano information board.
One of the many illustrated information boards.

If you are approaching Camperdown, make a point of turning off the highway and take the short drive to the summit of Mt. Leura, even if you just spend ten minutes taking in the magnificent elevated views.

tree and view.
Another view.

Time spent walking some of the trails will enhance your knowledge of how our earth was formed and a unique educational experience for children.

This now dormant volcanic complex is estimated to have been active approximately 30,000 years ago. Now that's what I call climate change.
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Great that you are finding all these interesting sites dotted around the countryside. The Stony Rises leave me with some unpleasant memories of car sickness as a child.
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