Hamilton Hwy Derrinallum
Colloquially referred to as the Swagman's Lighthouse Mt Elephant was a key navigational feature for traffic along the busy "Wooltrack" now driven as the Hamilton Hwy between Geelong and the western district pastural and sheep grazing centre of Hamilton.
From certain angles the Mount does resemble an elephant reclining and offers spectacular views as far north as Mt Buninyong near Ballarat and across volcanic lakes to significant volcanic features including Mt Leura, Mt Noorat, Mt Porndon and Mt Shadwell to the South West. For geology enthusiasts keen to explore Mt Elephant is a wonderful example of a breached scoria cone
Mt Elephant presides over the charming little town of Derrinallum an ideal place for a stopover. Stroll through the manicured avenue of honour, pick up a tasty treat and chat to the locals about the beloved Mount that is connected for ever to the town culture, country and storytelling.
The stunning new interpretive centre (opened on the 6th November 2016) sits within an historic quarry offering visitors spectacular perspectives of the surrounding landscape and the presiding sweep of the slope to the summit.
Walks to the summit are possible every Sunday from 1 - 4pm and at other times are possible by arrangement with a committee member and remember (Dogs on leads welcome)
- Distance: Walk from the car park to the crater rim is 2km return walk to the peak (John and Millie Borbridge track) and around the crater rim is an extra 3km (steep in sections)
- Length: Car park to rim 1hr return add 1.5 hrs for the extended walk
- Path is steep and uneven
- Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs or those with limited mobility
Physical Address and GPS Coordinates
- Mount Elephant, Hamilton Hwy, Derrinallum
- Lat: -37.9523533242181
- Lng: 143.189449310303