This is a St John's Presbyterian Church near the centre of Warrnambool. I liked it because it appeared to be the most historic one, and was quite interesting to look at, very symmetrical with curves on both sides of the staircases leading to it.
I believe it's also the one with long tolling bells which woke me early after the very late night of our band gig...but they were nice bells. Reminded me of the sound of a European village. Normal Australian churches don't normally have bells like this at all.
A few miles from Warrnambool is a 614 hectare game reserve called Tower Hill.
The reserve is around the remains of an extinct volcano.
A one way road circles the crater lake. Driving along this road we stopped several times to take pictures of birds and especially ducks.
The reserve has many emu running around,
beautiful birds, and we were lucky enough to find a Koala sleeping in a tree, on one of our walks.
Wildflowers were in bloom because it was springtime.
Swimming or just lying in the sun
The beach is a lovely clan beach to take the family to.
You must swim between the flags. The beach that is Patrolled is the beach near the Caravan parks opposite the Lake Petrobe park.
If you are an experienced Surfer you can go around to Logans Beach or Thunder Point. Please don't swim in these areas or climb on the rocks.....
Warrnambool, Wind, Sand, Sea, Surf
"Wild winds and great beaches"
We lived in Warrnambool for five years.
It was great to lie in bed at night and go to sleep with the roar of the ocean in the background. We lived about five minutes drive away from the ocean.
This picture is of the front beach. When the tide is right you can walk across to the island and look for fairy penguins in their nests.
Warrnambool is a nice city characterised by winds and roundabouts and pubs. If you need to find out where to go the locals use the pubs as landmarks - bad luck if you are not a drinker or don't go to the pubs.
Warrnambool is a great tourist destination.
Live Music at the Crititerion Hotel
The main reason for our trip to Warrnambool was my husband's tribute band gig here at The Criterion Hotel.
The band does covers of Oz legends "The Angels" primarily, with a few newer covers of other artists.
At 11 pm the evening's entertainment kicked off with an audience of about 50 people of all ages (which became closer to 200 as the night wore on).
Even though a fair few of the songs would have been unknown to all the younger members of the audience, they soon got into the music anyway.
Sometimes dancers at gigs can be a bit hesitant - waiting to see who gets into it first, but there was no such hesitation here. Indeed, the dance floor was never empty all night, with several showing a lot of stamina, barely pausing for a break.
A few songs in, and all was going well (apart from a broken guitar string on only the 2nd song, during which my husband had to hurriedly take over the limelight and do a bit of a solo routine with the singer till the problem was fixed.)
It looked a pretty normal crowd, just enjoying themselves, peaceably.... and then a very tall, unusual apparition appeared on the dance floor.... it looked like a woman...in part....almost a woman’s figure, but definitely a young man’s face, with an almost ‘Bozo the clown’ multicoloured wig a bit like a mop head perched on top.
It definitely had authentic looking hmmm ' female equipment' ...and was wearing black shoes, black stockings and the shortest, tightest black halter neck dress I’d ever seen! And it was definitely a man....
I wondered a little nervously how the country audience might take this...and a couple of minutes later was immediately relieved when 'Mrs Black' was joined by a miniature Rambo in army fatigues, an Austin Powers, a Mexican costumed girl (a real girl this time) and a 'schoolgirl' wearing a tiny short checkered dress with somewhat hairy legs (just as well for the white footy shorts underneath!) Obviously, they'd just come from some kind of costume party.
They came for our gig, and they stayed the whole night long, being entertained by the band and BEING entertainment for many in the audience. Often, I could barely take my eyes off them, such an unusual and fun picture did they make.
I'm supposed to be band photographer and digital filmer..but well, they were in the way of the band and it was as much fun to film the foreground as what was happening in the background.
'Mr Black Dress' was so tall!
Austin Powers really looked quite authentic...right down to the shaggy hair (his own, unlike that of 'schoolgirl' beside him). Good lurching 'Austin' dancing style too!
Schoolgirl's 'equipment' wasn't as authentic looking as 'Black dress' - in fact they were balloons, as I saw him removed them a couple of times...and then had to dodge a couple of women who wanted to pop them for him!
All costumed ones were completely unselfconscious about the way they were dressed...either a lot of alcohol, or they'd got role playing down to a fine art at the previous party!
By contrast, little Rambo on the right, was lucky if he was 5 feet tall. When he and the others all danced together in a 'scrum', they looked an even odder lot.
Rambo kept his mask on practically all night, and only took it off once or twice (for air, maybe!) It must have got rather hot in there!
And later...another apparition...The Grim Reaper!
He was a bit creepy....
Again, the skeleton face stayed on all night, same with the long black and red robe.
And later again, a 6’ tall Oompah Loompah arrived! (like in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory only huge instead of dwarfs)
And the coolest moment!
The band launched into Kryptonite, a popular cover that was about to get even more popular!
Tearing out of the crowd zoomed a fully costumed Superman I hadn't noticed before, leaping (or should I say flying?) right up on stage.
He was really pumped (and must have thought the song just for him!)
The lead singer always enjoys a bit of crowd participation, and does some simple costume changes through his own performances, but this was way better!
He let Superman sing right along with him, even handing over the microphone when it turned out the guy knew all the words and could actually sing too!
The crowd went wild!
It was just the best crowd participation and best feeling.
I can't ever imagine there will ever be another gig quite like this or this good!!!!!
The costumed ones kept on dancing, right till the end of the gig at about 2 am, and really seemed to be able to hold all their liquor! AND stay upright. I think that was some feat!
Another great thing was, no matter how much people drank, nobody really got on each other's nerves or wanted to fight or scuffle, even as a couple started lurching a fair bit around the place and crashing into people.
By 3 am, we were all well and truly ready to crash, and fortunately didn't have to go far, as we were staying right upstairs in the hotel.