Discover Penshurst

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 (Gariwerd) National Park. Cosied up beside the now dormant volcano of Collorrer (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 and Rock Garden.  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, Collorrer (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 indulgent dining experiences like The Penshurst Store; a bakery offering bespoke pies, scrumptious pastries and a unique gift store. Dine in or takeaway available. 

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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Byaduk and Community Spring Show

Saturday, 02 November 2024,  Byaduk

The Byaduk and Community Spring Show is a unique exhibition of grand floral displays across many categories. It hosts displays of art, craft, baking and decorating, and photography. The event encomp...

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Ivan Durrant: Marmalade Skies Through Opal Eyes

Friday, 14 June 2024,  Hamilton

Ivan Durrant: Marmalade Skies Through Opal Eyes focuses on the most recent paintings of the highly regarded Australian artist with landscapes of the Western District and still-life works of his studio...

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New Exuberance: Contemporary Australian Textile Design

Friday, 14 June 2024,  Hamilton

New Exuberance celebrates the work of more than 30 textile creatives and includes 10 commissioned works produced by designers associated with the JamFactory. This exhibition acknowledges the rich dive...

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Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel - Winter Lunch Series

Saturday, 15 June 2024,  Dunkeld

Embrace Winter's Bite: Lunch at Wickens Begins! As they welcome the new season, the team are thrilled to announce that Wickens will open its doors to offer a lunchtime experience celebrating the uniq...

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