This eleven-day journey explores the Great Ocean Road, Shipwreck Coast, the youngest volcanic features of Victoria’s Western District and the ancient landscapes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. After meeting in Geelong we journey along the Great Ocean Road, stopping for short walks at iconic locations. We continue via the forests of the Otways, bound for Shipwreck Coast and more short walks to famous viewpoints. Turning inland, we peer into the old crater of Mt Noorat and learn about the intriguing geological history of this region. Near Port Fairy, Tower Hill Reserve is a crater lake and a haven for native wildlife. We focus on the cultural heritage of people in landscape and join Aboriginal elders to learn more about the ancient layers of this land. Further inland, Mt Eccles (Budj Bim) National Park protects Aboriginal heritage, lava tubes and crater lakes. Nearby Mt Napier is the youngest volcano in Victoria and we follow the lava flow to the Byaduk Caves. After visiting the Volcanoes Discovery Centre at Penshurst we travel across the third largest volcanic plain on earth, to take in the summit of Mt Surgeon. Based for three nights in Halls Gap, we immerse ourselves in the Grampians landscape of massive sandstone outcrops and eucalypt covered slopes. Half and full day walks lead us to places with names lifted from explorers’ diaries - Grand Canyon, Silent Street, MacKenzie Falls, Wonderland Ranges, Boroka and Lakeview Lookout. We finish with a hike to Mt Rosea, one of the greatest walks and views in the Grampians. Farewelling these sandstone ramparts, we end our journey in Ballarat to discover some local stories about this historic mining city.