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Mount Rouse

Surkitts Lane, Penshurst

CONTACT

P. 1800 807 056
E. hvic@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

AT A GLANCE

* Dry crater lake
* Climb to the summit for fantastic views
* Picnic tables and toilets
* Car parking

IN DETAIL

Twenty minutes east of Hamilton, lies the town of Penshurst, home to the extinct volcano Mount Rouse, accessible by vehicle. To the south of the main scoria cone is a deep circular crater with a small lake and shallow crater rimmed with basalt. Past lava flows from Mount Rouse followed shallow, gently sloping river courses, extending at least 60kilometers south. A thin basalt lava flow contained in the scoria cone has been dated approximately 1.8 million years old. The Mount Rouse summit provides panoramic views of the lava plain and surrounding district.

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