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Penshurst, located at the foot of Mt Rouse, is steeped in volcanic history, showcased at the Volcanoes Discovery Centre. The dormant volcano Mt Rouse rises 100 metres above the surrounding plans at Penshurst, 20 minutes east of Hamilton.

The road access to the Mt Rouse Lookout provides panoramic views of the lava plain. A visit to the Volcanoes Discovery Centre will reveal the unique story of the formation of the lava flows known as the Kanawinka Geotrail.

Local Tips:

  • Enjoy the Penshurst Wetland Gardens, historic town walks, swimming at the local pool, sweeping views from Mt Rouse and find a delightful picnic spot to stop and relax.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Penshurst's hidden gems, including wine bars, charming antique book stores and the native birdlife at Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve.
  • Penshurst was home to painter, mosaic, and stained glass artist Mervyn Napier Waller, who went on to create the wondrous Hall of Memory at the Australia War Memorial in Canberra.