Mount Schank Crater Rim Walk
45 min to 1 h
Starting from the Mount Schank car park and picnic area off Mountain Path Road, Mount Schank State Heritage Area, this walk takes you on a circuit around the rim of Mount Schank via the Mount Schank Walking Trail. Generally regarded as Australia's youngest volcano, Mount Schank is a striking landscape feature south of Mount Gambier, rising approximately 100 metres above the coastal plain. Mount Schank's cone-shaped landform is a rare South Australian example of volcanic activity in recent geological time, with its original eruption taking place around 4,500 years ago, witnessed by local Bungandidj Aboriginal people. This hike climbs steeply up the dormant volcano, following a stone path built with locally sourced limestone, leading to a lookout point with panoramic views into the crater and across the surrounding countryside. From there, walkers can follow a rugged trail that circles the entire crater rim, passing an optional side-trip to the crater's lowest point. This loop consists of stone paths and narrow walking trails, with some short steep hills, exposed ledges and uneven natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Dogs are allowed on leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.