Lake Pertobe Adventure Playgrounds
One reason Lake Pertobe is such a great family spot, is all of the activities available for kids on offer.
There are flying foxes, several adventure playgrounds, a maze, swings, etc. Rides for all ages. I think there may be paddle boats as well. One of my favourite childhood memories of this place is of hiring the little motorised putt-putt 'speedboats' which can be driven around the little lakes and islands. My little brother thought it was really cool fun too.
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Go out to Tower Hill and have a great day out. Watch out for emus and don't feed them because they get wildly excited. At Tower Hill you might be lucky enough to view some of our natural fauna - kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats, and yes the emus. There are some walking paths and picnic areas. There is a heritage information centre in the middle of the reserve. A good day out just out of Warrnambool, heading towards Port Fairy.
Night Sound & Light Show at the Maritime Museum
“Shipwrecked” is a very new attraction for Warrnambool. It's a multi million dollar sound and light show spectacular done with lasers, illusion, mist effects, giant water screens and more, and takes you back in time to the old Seafaring days. It also tells the famous tale of the wreck of the Loch Ard ship which hit a reef near Port Campbell in 1878, with only 2 survivors out of 54 aboard. These were an 18 year old cabin boy & a female passenger, also aged 18, who he managed to rescue.
Where the Whales Play
Warrnambool is on the Shipwreck Coast. It is a lovely small city on the water.
It is the last place you visit on the Great Ocean Road trip. From here you can go further to Port Fairy and onto Portland then across the boarder to South Australia. Another trip you can do is to go inland from Warrnambool to Hamilton and then onto the Grampians.
Warrnambool has everything you need. A large shopping area in the main part of the city, there is another shopping area on the East side of Warrnambool where you can find K Marts and other speciality shops.
There are many types of holiday accommodation these include Units, Motels, Hotels and also a number of Caravan Parks on the Main beach.
Opposite the beach there is a wonderful area called Lake Petrobe Adventure Playground, where you can have BBQ's and play on the great adventure playground equipment. These include a Flying Fox, Maize and a small lake where the kids and adults can hire mini boats to have a ride in.
Flagstaff Hill overlooks the Bay and also the Park areas.
Here there is the Flagstaff Village , the entrance to this has a Tourist Information centre and also a lovely restuarant where you can have a meal or cup of coffee and cake.
Logans beach is where you can find one of the best Whale viewing locations in the world.
Warrnambool's famous winter visitors, the Southern Right Whales come to shelter from the Antarctica each winter to have their young.
These huge species come between June and September. This year they stayed a little longer.
Warrnambool Sunsets and Flagstaff Village by night
Flagstaff Hill maritime village, all lit up before the show (you aren't allowed to use flash photography at all, and no photography at all once the laser show has started).
While we were sitting in the open fronted auditorium with the panorama of the lit buildings in front of us, waiting for the show to begin, I had my chance to try and capture some of the pretty reflections on the water of the small lake in the middle.
This scene reminds me a lot of the docks at Hobart, with stone warehouse buildings.
A very nice scene.
And a lone boat in the light...