The land of sleeping giants: Volcanoes you can visit in Victoria
Did you know that Victoria features the third largest volcanic plain in the world? Though these wonders pose little threat, they do present an opportunity for adventure.
When you think of volcanoes you probably think of Hawaii, or maybe Iceland. You probably don’t think of Australia, and certainly not Victoria, as being particularly volcanic.
In reality, Victoria is home to hundreds of volcanoes across the state, concentrated largely in the west. You might have driven past or even hiked up these volcanoes without realising, with many located at popular tourist sites. RACV Goldfields Resort for example is just a short drive away from a number of volcanoes!
Given that the last known eruption in Victoria was around 7,000 years ago, you might think that all our volcanoes are long since extinct. While some volcanoes are inactive, many of them are more accurately described as ‘dormant’, meaning eruptions are possible and could happen in the next few thousand years.
The good news is that most experts agree that there’s very little to worry about in the short term, with the scale and beauty of and created by these sleeping giants well worth travelling to see.