The Clocktower: Manifold Street, Camperdown. Towering 30 metres above the street, this striking Gothic style tower was built in 1896 in memory of district pioneer Thomas Manifold. The clocktower is open on the first Sunday of each month, when the craft market is held under the magestic elms. Group bookings can be made by appointment to climb the tower: 5593 3144.
Finlay Avenue: Two kilometre long avenue of English Elms (Ulmus Procera) runs the length of Manifold Street. The avenue is classified by the National Trust and is listed on the Register of Significant Trees of Victoria. It was planted in 1876 by district school children to honor dairy industry leaders and workers. Beneath the elms are historic monuments, statues and war memorials that commemorate the contribution and achievement of district pioneers. Barbeque and picnic facilities are also available opposite the Guide Hall.
Historical Museum: 241 Manifold Street. This former IOOF hall, built in 1896, houses a collection of local historical photographs, maps, clothing and farm implements. A display of Aboriginal artifacts also features. Open 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Alternate times by arrangement: 5593 9360. Visit their website: www.camperdownhistory.org.au
Scenic Drive / Walking Trail; Mount Leura & Sugarloaf Mountain Reserve: Take the scenic mountain drive from Adeney Street off the Princes Highway to a carpark at the top of Mount Leura. A short walk takes you to a look-out over the third largest volcanic plain in the world. Immediately south is Mount Sugarloaf, a symmetrical volcanic cone which was classified by the National Trust in 1970. The two mountains are linked by a walking trail. Visit www.mtleura.org for more information on geo-caching & reserve wildlife.
Scenic Drive / Beach Reserve; Lake Bullen Merri & Lake Gnotuk: Off the Princes highway, two kilometers west of Camperdown or via Park Lane, the two lakes are in a twin volcanic crater, separated only by a narrow stretch of land. Lake Gnotuk is salty and 30 metres lower than Lake Bullen Merri which has fresh water and provides excellent fishing. Bullen Merri takes in The South Beach Reserve which has toilets, barbeque, boat ramp, parking, picnic and swimming facilities.
Botanic Gardens & Scenic Lookout: Access at the top of Park Lane, through the Caravan Park. These gardens were designed by William Guilfoyle in 1869. The scenic lookout takes in the panoramic plains of the western district, and features stunning views of the twin crater lakes, Bullen Merri & Gnotuk. The perfect place to picnic on a sunny day, the botanic gardens was formerly home to the oldest a statue of Robert Burns in the Southern Hemisphere (now on display in the local Council building), a reference to Scotland´s most famous national poet and recognition of the predominantly Scottish and Irish heritage brought to the area by settlers.
Stone Walls: The most important and extensive network of dry stone walls in Australia are located in the Corangamite District. These walls were built by skilled craftsmen from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tradition was often handed down from father to son, creating stone-walling families. Most of the stones walls in this area were built after the gold-rush of the 1850´s to clear and divide the land and to form barriers to rabbits.
Camperdown Craft Market: first Sunday of each month from 9:00 a.m. in Finlay Avenue along the Princes Highway.
Golf: Camperdown Golf Club, Lakes Recreation Park via Park Lane. This 18-hole golf course is nestled between the twin crater lakes and provides a picturesque setting for a day on the green. Open to the public every day.
Tennis: Camperdown High School, Wilson Street and Lakes Recreation Park, Park Lane.
Lawn Bowls: Camperdown Bowling Club, Thornton Street − 5593 1693
Lawn Bowls: Camperdown Golf Bowls, Lakes Recreation Park − 5593 1437
Fishing: Lake Bullen Merri, via Park Lane. Good boat and bank fishing in a panoramic setting. The fresh water lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon, Australian Bass and native yellow-belly Silver Perch : Lake
Fishing: Purrumbete Lake, 10 k.m. east of Camperdown, off Talindert Road. Boat fishing for Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon and Redfin.
Boating: Lake Bullen Merri, via Park Lane. Boat ramp at South Beach, off Naroghid Road. Suitable for waterskiing, yachting and sail-boarding.
Swimming: Camperdown Swimming Pool, Curdie Street − 5593 1435 Featuring a solar heated, 33 metre pool, shaded toddlers pool, kiosk, playground equipment, picnic area and BBQ in shady surrounds.
Skateboard Ramp, Lawrence Street − behind the swimming pool. A 20 metre long ramp featuring a 1.8 metre spine for advanced skaters and a 0.5 metre mogul for beginners.
Horse Riding: 5595 9223 for group bookings. Scenic rides for all levels. See the country on horse-back. Guided tours a specialty.