Volcanoes Discovery Centre, Penshurst

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There are many questions about volcanoes and we don't have any active volcanoes in Australia, but they have an impact on the landscape today. Most people know little about volcanoes but a visit to the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre has people leaving with a lot more knowledge.

Heard Island is Australias only active volcano WE have one of the largest volcanic plains in the world

The Volcanoes Discovery Centre has displays of all types of volcanoes, and specific information on volcanic activity in Western Victoria. Through videos and posters the wonder of volcanoes is on show for everyone. The centre interests tourists as well as students. Many schools make a special trip to Penshurst to learn about geology.

A visit to Penshurst should also include a climb of Mount Rouse, our very own dormant volcano.

The Volcanoes Discovery Centre is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Public Holidays and School Holidays from 10am-4pm.


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  • The volunteers at Volcanoes Discovery Centre are a fabulous source of knowledge and enthusiasm for the local geology. The Centre contains lots of pictures, videos, rock samples and information about v...  more »
  • This place has amazing videosof erupting volcanoes. It has good collections of rocks etc and friendly, knowledgeable volunteers. It is open a couple of days a week and is wheelchair accessible.  more »
  • Really interesting! Though small, the exhibit is laid out well and clearly guides you through the information about volcanoes, with things to read for both adults and children (at appropriate eye level!). I was impressed at the use of technology, especially the interactive volcano map. The video showing the damage the lava flows in Hawaii did was amazing too - it's one thing to read about it, but seeing it really drives home the message. Great place, would highly recommend visiting.
  • Very imformative on volcanic history of the Western District. Volunteers are knowledgable

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