Just 20 minutes south of Mount Gambier is Mount Schank, an extinct volcano rising abruptly from the plains to 158 metres above sea level. Choose from 2 steep walking trails. Both offers a great geological experience. Viewing Platform Hike - (900 metres return) begins at the car park to the crater rim and provides a different aspect to the surrounding landscape. Rock formations, including the line of small cones on the northern side.
These can be inspected more closely if driving past that area. Crater Floor Walk (1.3 km return) also begins at the car park and includes the section of the crater floor. From the top overlooking the nearby quarry, evidence can be seen of the lava flow and changes in the rock formation caused by heat and steam. On the southern side of the mountain a small cone can be seen which is believed to have been formed by the first of two main stages. A wood BBQ (BYO Wood), picnic table and toilets are provided at the base of the mountain.mountgambiertourism.com.au