Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Located adjacent to the main beach at Warrnambool, this is a great place to let the kids run wild, so to speak.
It has excellent picnic facilities and lots of the usual playground stuff set amongst mown lawns and mature trees with water nearby.
Warrnambool has a good surfing beach, and also the all important surf lifesaving tower. The beaches are patrolled during the summer.
On this particular late autumn day, the waves weren't very big and there were only a few surfers in, vainly trying to catch what waves they could find. It was a little cold and blustery, so there was almost nobody on the beach.
Gift Shop - Natural History Centre
This gift shop is excellent, with a huge section devoted to Aboriginal art products, particularly material of aboriginal design but in very vibrant colours, which is available in a range of items from silk scarves to pillowcases to bed linen, aprons and much more.
There is also an area where you can sample and buy 'bush tucker' herbed cooking sauces.
This is the best place I've seen to buy modern, good quality, interesting and especially the practical Aboriginal products in many years.
We all need retail therapy on holiday:)
Warrnambool has all you need to keep the credit card busy.
Liebig is the main street, you can start wandering along here and then head off into the other streets where you will find great fashioon shops, show shops and all other varieties of retail.
Make sure you do wander all the streets as I think that few of the good shops are hiding off the main area.
Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road (ver. ENG/FR)
Warrnambool (population 30,000) is the largest city on the Great Ocean Road, located approximately 200 kilometres West of Geelong.
(This area is also known as the Shipwreck Coast as over 180 ships are believed to have been wrecked along its length). Especially the western half is characterised by rough seas and rocky coastline, but as well, dangerous currents and rip tides.
Despite this, many of the beach towns here offer good surfing, and some have sheltered back beaches for swimming.
La petite cité de Warrnambool se situe dans la Lady Bay. C'est la plus grande ville sur la route de Great Ocean Road, située approximativement à 200 Km à l'Ouest de la cité de Geelong
On appelle aussi cette région "La côte des naufrages" car plus de 180 navires s'y sont échoués.
"La côte sud-ouest de Victoria"
The Great Ocean Road extends West from Torquay, near Geelong, for around 300 kms to the Portland region.
Most of the cliffs along its length are of soft limestone rock, so the coastline is easily weathered and is constantly being eroded and re-shaped by rough seas and often strong, blustery winds.
In my website, I have divided the Great Ocean Road into two sections: the somewhat calmer Eastern end (under "Geelong") and the rougher Western portion from Portland - Warrnambool is found in these pages.
La route commence à Torquay (près de Geelong) et continue vers l'ouest sur environ 300 km, pour finir près de Portland à l'autre bout de la côte ouest de Victoria.
La plupart des falaises qui longent cette route sont calcaires. Ainsi, le vent, souvent violent, la mer houleuse et les vagues qui viennent s'y écraser érodent fortement la côte..
Pour mon site web, j'ai divisé "Great Ocean Road" en deux parties
Le côté Est, où la mer est plus clémente et où il y a plus de plages et moins de falaises, se trouve dans les pages nommées "Geelong"; le côté Ouest, de Warrnambool à Portland se trouve dans ces pages.
There are so many shops in the centre of town though that it also feels like a city, and it's sometimes easy to forget that the ocean is just a few blocks away.
You can have the best of both worlds within minutes; natural beauty, good shopping and more.
At first glance the city seems quite modern, with several specialty stores, department stores, many other shops and cafes, restaurants etc, but upon closer inspection, many buildings in the central main streets are quite historic.
The area was first settled around the 1840's.
Il y a tant de magasins dans le centre ville, que l'on a l'impression d'être dans une capitale et parfois il est facile d'oublier que la côte n'est qu'à quelques minutes en voiture.