Discovery Centre


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23 Martin Street Penshurst, Victoria


0402 083 782

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To see a volcano blow its top and a red river of molten lava cascade down its side is to feel the awesome power of the natural world.

An unusual experience awaits you at Penshurst. Here, you will be transported back thousands of years when volcanoes were erupting right across the Western District and into South Australia.

At the Volcanoes Discovery Centre you will find how volcanoes are formed, their geology, their history in the Western District, a video simulation of Mt Rouse erupting, the interaction of the Koorie people with volcanoes and a section aimed at school children.

The highlight is a six minute extravaganza combining high fidelity sound, computer modelling and stunning imagery. It is a fitting culmination to a memorable experience.


We are open:
Every Thursday 11am-3pm

Friday | Saturday | Sunday  10am – 4pm

& School Holidays 11am – 3pm

Single Entry $7.00 ($5 concession)

Family Entry $15.00 (inc 2 adults and up to 5 school age children)

*Prices subject to change

School & Group Visits

We are also open every day during Victorian School Holidays, and we are open on public holidays (excluding Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

How are volcanoes formed? What rocks come from volcanoes?
What do volcanoes leave behind? How does lava flow?

There are many questions about volcanoes and we don’t have many 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.

The Volcanoes Discovery Centre is located in the middle of the third largest volcanic plain on earth. It 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.

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