Western district volcanoes – traces of recent eruptions

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Animation of Victoria’s youngest volcanoes.
Image: Mats Bjorklund, Magipics
Source: Museum Victoria

Tower Hill northwest of Warrnambool is a lake filled extinct maar volcano.
Image: Frank Coffa
Source: Museum Victoria

Quaternary

Volcanoes have shaped Victoria for millions of years. The most recent period of volcanic activity was between about five million and a few thousand years ago.

Aboriginal people witnessed some of the most recent eruptions. Well-preserved volcanic features such as craters, crater lakes and lava flows can be seen in western Victoria today.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Western District volcanos map

Distribution of rocks from Victoria’s recent volcanoes.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Quaternary

DiprotodonPalorchestesZygomaturusMegafauna track wayThylacoleoStone toolsKangaroos