Take the picturesque inland route to the 12 Apostles and discover Camperdown amid volcanic craters. Lush natural pastures of the Great Ocean Road region are home to dairy farms producing mouth-watering cheeses which can be sampled and purchased at nearby Timboon.
Take in 360-degree views from Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf, the highest points between the coastal ranges and the rolling western plains. Volcanic activity has shaped much of the surrounding landscape, leaving a legacy of cones, lakes and craters and it is now one of the world's largest volcanic plains. Fish for trout and chinook salmon at surrounding lakes. Go boating, swimming or water skiing on Lake Bullen Merri or Lake Gnotuk.
Striking views closer to town can be seen by climbing the gothic-style clock tower. Visit on the first Sunday of each month to browse the craft market and and snap up home-produced goods like cakes, produce, plants, clothing and novelties.
Cycle along the historic railway line from Camperdown to Timboon on the 34-kilometre Coast to Crater Trail, which traverses volcanic lakes, open farmland, wet sclerophyll forest and spectacular trestle bridges on an even descent via Cobden into Timboon.
Camperdown is just over two hours drive from Melbourne on the inland route.