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Bluestone buildings. Volcanic discoveries. Mount Rouse. Breath… taken.

An explosive history and a never-failing spring with a village feel.  Penshurst is the perfect blend of charm and fascination.

 

Penshurst connects the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians National Park. Cosied up beside the now dormant volcano of Mount Rouse, the town is reminiscent of yesteryear.  Beautiful bluestone buildings and towering elm trees line the town’s entrance, taking you back to a time when the early settlers became as rich as the volcanic soils of the area.

Cross the threshold of one such historic bluestone building and step into the explosive world of volcanoes at the Volcanoes Discovery Centre.  Penshurst is situated in the heart of volcanic country and as such has a rich history of volcanic eruptions and flowing lava.  The Volcanoes Discovery Centre guides you through this transformative era in an educating and immersive manner.

Step foot onto the site of once active volcano, Mount Rouse.  A steady incline to its peak allows you to take in the magnificent views of the Western District Plains.  A walk around the dry crater lake will give you firsthand insight into the depth and breadth of this natural wonder.

Take in the serenity of the Penshurst Botanic Gardens; a natural wetland complete with a never failing spring, resplendent lake, a series of narrow waterways and 13 acres of lush scenery.  The gardens provide a peaceful respite to all visitors and when Autumn unfolds, the orange hues of the soaring trees are spectacular.

Penshurst also boasts hidden retail gems and intimate dining experiences like The Penny Wine Lounge; a stylish and cosy European-inspired wine bar and supper club.  With an extensive array of fine wines, indulgent desserts and rustically-inspired comfort foods, the Penny Wine Lounge is a Penshurst must do.

With contrasting experiences, Penshurst is undoubtedly a town that will capture your heart with its charm and take your breath away with its natural beauty.

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Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

Owners, Nick and Vicki, bake fresh daily and stock the menu themselves, all breakfasts and lunches are made with precision and are packed full with flavour. Their service is always of the highest standard, which is why so many return as "Customers for Life"!   Acting...

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Penshurst Store

Penshurst Store

A family run café and bakery, owners Cam and Amanda are passionate about delivering great food and great service. With all food made fresh on site daily by Cam, the store sells everything baked and delicious including fresh bread, buns, pies, pastries and sweet...

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Through the Photographers Lens – Tracey Kruger

Through the Photographers Lens – Tracey Kruger

This blog features the photography of Greater Hamilton local, Tracey Kruger. You can discover more of her photography in her books and on social media @ShearinginVictoria'sWesternDistrict, and unearth more of her local secrets in this video.Throughout our region there...

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100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

There is so much choice when it comes to things to do in Greater Hamilton.  The region is abundant in artistry, flooded with fishing prospects, teeming with treks, humming with history, loaded with lush produce and so much more. With so much choice, where do you...

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TOP-19 Things to Do in Greater Hamilton During COVID-19

TOP-19 Things to Do in Greater Hamilton During COVID-19

Don’t let coronavirus stop you from having a wonderful experience in the Greater Hamilton region! Though we're unable to welcome back our Interstate and Melbourne-based visitors, there are plenty of attractions and delightful experiences that locals and regional...

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Four Reasons To Stretch Your Legs In Penshurst

Four Reasons To Stretch Your Legs In Penshurst

Cover Image photo credit @vincentvalstar (via Insta).   As you travel along the Great Southern Touring Route, be sure to park yourself in Penshurst, stretch your legs and discover these three local delights.   Rurik's Shed You will most certainly find...

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An Insider’s Guide To Penshurst

An Insider’s Guide To Penshurst

As you wind your way along the spectacular coastline of the Great Ocean Road and commence your journey into the mountainous Grampian Ranges via the Great Southern Touring Route, you will come across a delightful town Penshurst.  Cosied up beside the now dormant...

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Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

Owners, Nick and Vicki, bake fresh daily and stock the menu themselves, all breakfasts and lunches are made with precision and are packed full with flavour. Their service is always of the highest standard, which is why so many return as "Customers for Life"!   Acting...

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Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve

Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve

With over 30 species of birds living at the wetlands, Yatmerone is a popular bird watching area providing a place where visitors can appreciate the local flora and fauna as well as catch a glimpse of native wildlife. The Reserve is fed by a spring being one of few...

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Penshurst Store

Penshurst Store

A family run café and bakery, owners Cam and Amanda are passionate about delivering great food and great service. With all food made fresh on site daily by Cam, the store sells everything baked and delicious including fresh bread, buns, pies, pastries and sweet...

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The Penny Wine Bar

The Penny Wine Bar

The Penny follows the style and characteristics of traditional European Wine Bars, where you will find a carefully curated collection of local wines and home-cooked comfort foods prepared by Trevor. Once a neglected former pub, the Penny Wine Bar was the vision of...

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Penshurst Wetland Gardens

Penshurst Wetland Gardens

Tucked away just off the Hamilton Highway with entry via Cox Street, the Penshurst Wetland Gardens are located within the Penshurst Botanic Gardens complex. The Wetlands are naturally formed, revolving around a ‘never-failing’ spring. Originally set aside as public...

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Mount Rouse

Mount Rouse

Penshurst’s own resident volcano, Mount Rouse is responsible for the rocky landscape surrounding Penshurst and which dominates much of the landscape from Penshurst to Port Fairy. A part of Kanawinka alongside Mt Napier and Budj Bim (Mt Eccles), Mount Rouse is located...

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Volcanoes Discovery Centre

Volcanoes Discovery Centre

To see a volcano blow its top and a red river of molten lava cascade down its side is to feel the awesome power of the natural world. An unusual experience awaits you at Penshurst. The Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre is a unique museum experience, where hands on,...

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Penshurst Newsagency & Takeaway

Penshurst Newsagency & Takeaway

For all your newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, stationery & DVD Hire. Also stocking fresh vegies, meats, groceries and providing phone and internet credit. They also have Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, Steak Sandwiches & Fresh Sandwiches & Rolls, along...

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What’s On

Australia Day - Tarrington

Tuesday, 26 January 2021,  Tarrington

Members of the public are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire, Tarrington Australia Day Celebrations. Event includes flag raising, guest speaker and a free barbecue breakfast. Events also...

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DRASS Group Garage Sale

Sunday, 24 January 2021,  Dunkeld

The Dunkeld Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support Group are holding their 3rd Annual Garage Sale event, fundraising for asylum seekers and refugees. Stalls will include furniture, household goods, outdoor...

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Australia Day - Penshurst

Tuesday, 26 January 2021,  Penshurst

Members of the public are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire, Penshurst Australia Day Celebrations. Activities include flag raising, National Anthem, and presentation of the Penshurst Cit...

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Australia Day - Coleraine

Tuesday, 26 January 2021,  Coleraine

Members of the public are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire, Coleraine Australia Day Celebrations which will be held at the Coleraine Tourist Information and Exhibition Centre. Activitie...

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