Mount Napier State Park lies 20km to the north-east of Mount Eccles (260km south-west of Melbourne) and is dominated by Mount Napier, a true volcanic cone. Here one can stand on the edge of the most recently active volcano in Victoria and enjoy magnificent views from the Grampians to the sea.
Things to see and do
There is a walking track to the summit, which leads through the forest and past interesting volcanic formations. The walk winds through manna gum and Blackwood forest and past impressive volcanic features including a lava canal and tumulus and featuring a scoria zone at the summit. The walk takes about 30 minutes one way, the distance to the top being about 3 kilometres.
The park also takes in the Byaduk Caves, one of the most extensive and accessible sets of lava caves in Australia. They are part of a lava flow stretching out 24km from Mount Napier to Mount Eccles and contain wrinkles, stalactites and stalagmites, columns and ropy lava. Only 1 cave, Hartmans 1, is open to the public. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and take a torch.
Looking after the park
* Take your rubbish with you
* Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park
* All plants, animals and geological features are protected
* No fires are permitted in the park
* Firearms are prohibited
* Please keep on tracks
* Leave the park as you find it
Visitors are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and use a torch.