170 Shady's Lane, Mailors Flat, Warrnambool, 3282, Australia
In the bathroom was this huge bathtub.
They called it a soak tub. Hanging over it was the shower, if you didn't care to soak.
Mighty gum trees
I saw a page discribing this B&B in a magazine called Holidays and Honeymoons.
It said, Manor Gums is a unique piece of paradise, nestled in the lush Warrnambool country side and surrounded by majestic gums and abundant native birdlife.
They couldn't have discribed it any better.
We drove down a long lane and there sitting in a grove of large trees we saw the sign that said MANOR GUMS.
As soon as we pulled in, Irene, the owner, came running out to our car to show us to our suite. She even had the fire lit for us because there was a chill in the air.
Unique Quality: Our suite had a small kitchen, sitting room /bedroom combo with a wood burning stove, bathroom with a huge soak tub.
There was a balcony on the front and the back with full length windows.
Birds were everywhere. Cockatoos at the feeder, sitting on the balcony, parrots in the trees, and many others.
She prepared our dinner for us and then served it in our suite so we wouldn't have to go back out.
Breakfast goodies were in the fridge for the nest morning.
More about Warrnambool
The modern town
Front beach at Warrnambool
Walk to beach
Travel Tips for Warrnambool
Library - plus internet access
As many libraries throughout Victoria (especially in small cities and towns), if you book it early in the day, you can have 1 hour's free Internet access, so of course I took advantage of that!
The library is quite central - just near the large white Art Gallery, just off the main street.
Thunder Point, Warrnambool
When we lived in Warrnambool we always spent a lot of time at the beach. The ocean at Warrnambool is magnificent. There are some great fishing spots and some nice walking tracks.
We would often park at Thunder Point car park and go exploring along the top of the cliffs and along the walking tracks. There is a beach not far from the Thunder Point car park that the locals call Shelly Beach - sometimes you can pick up some nice shells from this beach. Another time we went there we found a dead seal - that was a bit sad - he looked like he had lost a fight to a shark. Natures little quirks!
If you are one of those who like to wander and have time then the self-guided historical tour may be right up your alley (as you might find yourself up somebody else's if you do it!). The meandering route (available from the tourist office - look for the "I" signs) takes you to picturesque wrought iron buildings like this and many other sites too numerous to mention here but, suffice it to say that some of the historical background really brings them to life.
Cockatoos and Majestic Gums
After an all day drive along the coast from Melbourne, we finally arrived in Warrnambool around dusk.
It was originally named"Warnimble", an Aboriginal word meaning plenty of water.
That it has, It sits on the Lady Bay between the Hopkins and Merri rivers. Despite its size it still feels like a relaxing seaside village.
Many of the main streets are lined with Norfolk pine and New Zealand Xmas trees.
We fell in love with the town right away. To bad we only had two nights to spend here.
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