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Mount Franklin

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Mount Franklin Road, Mount Franklin VIC 3461

Features

  • Free camping
  • Bushwalking
  • Wood fire BBQs
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic blanket spot
  • Lookout
  • Birdwatching
  • Toilets
  • Accessible by caravans
A gorgeous and peaceful campground rests within the scenic crater of an extinct volcano at Mount Franklin. Bordered by conifer forest, the crater has been decorated with ornamental trees such as Silver Birch, White Poplar, Sycamore and Californian Redwoods. A large, central lawn area is surrounded by a ring of campsites with picnic tables and wood fire barbecues. A toilet block and water tank/tap is located close to the entrance of the campground.

A 1.7km (45 minute) circuit walking track brings you up around the rim of the volcano to a fire lookout. According to many online reviews for Mount Franklin, the views along this walk and from the lookout are disappointing - not much is visible due to the trees. It is therefore important to note that the best views from Mount Franklin are offered from the road as you ascend to the camping area. The views from the road are quite stunning, and will not disappoint.

Mount Franklin was created by a volcanic eruption about 470,000 years ago. The caldera (a large volcanic crater, especially one formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano) is one of the deepest in the Central Highlands. Lava flow from Mount Franklin and other volcanoes in the area had buried the gold-bearing creeks that would become the 'deep leads' sought out and excavated by gold miners.

The volcanic eruptions of Mount Franklin may have been witnessed by members of the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal tribe, who referred to this country as the 'smoking grounds' and the mountain itself as Lalgambook. Mount Franklin and surrounds appear to have been a significant place to Aboriginal people. Evidence indicates that frequent large ceremonial gatherings took place in the area.

In 1944, a fire destroyed most of the native vegetation on Mount Franklin, and as a result the inner and outer slopes of the crater were replanted with exotic species to prevent erosion and provide revenue through commercial harvesting.

Mount Franklin is located beside the Midland Highway between Daylesford and Newstead - an hour and a half from Melbourne.

Also of interest are the Mt Tarrengower Lookout Tower and Mt Moliagul Lookout.



DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
 

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