Warnambool's major tourist attraction is the impressive Flagstaff Hill Maritime village. It is an extraordinary experience that will take you on a rich journey of discovery through an early Australian coastal port. The village itself is modelled on an early Austrlian port. The lighthouse, Keeper's cottage and chartroom were moved here from Middle Island 1872, and you can see the original cannon and portifications built in 1887 to withstand the perceived thread of Russian invation.
There is plenty of shipwreck history at Warrnambool. Visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and the Portland Marine Discovery Centre.
Warrnambool is known for whale watching from June. You can expierience the awe of the whales with their young calfs from a specially built platform.
Warrnambool also holds the longest steple horse race - usually in the first week of May.
If you should be seeking an ideal spot for a picnic, may I recommend this splendid park in the north west part of Warrnambool.
Though not vast, it does take up a whole city block and is dutifully maintained by the local council.
Designed by WIlliam Guildfoyle in 1879 it is done the classic style of such things with meandering paths seeking their way beside lovely manicured lawns, a lily pond with resident ducks, mature trees bordered by showy flowers and it even has a rotunda.
The major Warrnambool tourist attraction, modelled on an early Australian coastal port. Included in the grounds are the fortifications built in 1887 to repel the feared Russian invasion! I really liked this place - there's a number of old shops, a bank as well as the lighthouse and down on the 'quayside' are a number of port related buildings and a couple of restored historic ships, including the Tasmanian ferry boat, the Rowitta. Displays of old ropes, wrenches and a blacksmith in situ adds to the appeal - the only less interesting aspect is the newer museum built at the entrance and a dull film of the wreck of Loch Ard - the Liverpool (scouse) ascent being so broad on one of the narrators that it was hard to actually understand what was being said. But we discovered the exit from the auditorium did not involve going out past the front desk (and the very enthusiastic ticket seller) and so we were able to get into the village 'proper' pretty quickly.
Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day. Also Sound and Light Experience - every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - times vary according to the season.
Ticket prices: Daytime Evening
Adults: AUD$15 AUD$25
Concession: AUD$12 AUD$20
Kids (5-15) AUD$6 AUD$13.50
Family: AUD$36 (2 adults/2 kids) AUD$63.50
Here is the village that shows the early town of Warrnambool and Port.
Featuring the Gravesend Theatre and Great Circle Gallery.
Also they have a multi million light and sound show, Shipwrecked.
Check the times for the Shipwrecked show.
The Warrnambool Trout farm is somewhere you are guaranteed to catch a fish.
All equipment is supplied. You can feed the fish.
Catch the fish and cook on the campfire. Good fun and will keep the kids happy.
Group bookings available.
Open daily from 10.30am to 5pm
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.
The Fletcher Jones Factory and Gardens is an institute in Warrnambool.
There is a huge silver ball above the factory ( no idea what it is:) Here they made the materials for the well known Fletcher Jones label.
The gardens are now a toursit attraction, if you are in the area pop in and have a walk around them.
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.....
This is a new business in Warrnambool.
Here you can watch the skills of Glass Blowing, there are some beautiful pieces on display all these are for sale.
While visiting the Studio you can sit in the lovely cafe' area and have cake and coffee.
Here is one of the best areas for a BBQ, walk or play on the Adventure Playground.
The little lake is surrounded by beautifully kept lawns and picnic areas.
The kids will love to play on all the equipment, from the flying fox to the smaller playground activities for the little ones. There is something for everyone.
The BBQ areas are covered. They are electric and they do take coins.
You can take a walk around the lake after the BBQ lunch.
The Breakwater area is very popular with people of all ages.
In the 1880's the Port of Warrnambool handled more cargo than the Port of Melbourne.
It was a very busy deep sea Port. '
Here you can sit on the huge pier /breakwater and fish or watch the fish being caught.
You can also walk from here along the beach back to near Lake Pedtrobe or Caravan parks.
and on to Logans Beach if you are in for a good walk.
From here you can see Middle Island. You can walk to this when it's low tide. Here you can see a colony of Fairy Penguins.Stay on the tracks , they come in at dusk.
There are some great beaches along the Warrnambool beach area. You can get in to some whale watching at Logan's Beach. Shelly Beach is a great walk from the top car parks at the main beach - you can usually pick up some pretty shells. There is lots of picnic areas and barbecues. You can park at Lake Pertobe and have lunch and then stroll over the dunes to the main beach or you can stay and play at the Lake Pertobe Playground.
While we chose to drive the route from East to West, if you were to start in Warrnambool, you could enjoy most of the attractions of the Great Ocean Road in the morning before the rest of the tourist buses arrived!
We started our day in Melbourne at 6:30, and arrived in Warrnambool around 3:30pm, so if your final destination was Melbourne taking the Great Ocean Road starting in Warrnambool, expect about 9 hours! (That is if you stop at most of the main attractions and walks on the road!).
Make sure you stop multiple times along the way to save yourself from fatigue!
Warrnambool is touted as one of the best places on the Southern Coast of Victoria to sight the great Southern Right Whales. They are called Right Whales because in the days of whaling, the size, and blubber content was what they considered the right characteristics.
These days, there are several options of how to catch a whale of a tale, and the best way is to head to Warrnambool's Logan Beach Whale "Nursery". There is a very nice viewing platform, and the whales can be viewed throughout a large number of months. Obviously, there are no guarentees... but in just 20 minutes of us being there, we were able to site one of these great majestic animals.
I have to apologize for the poor quality of this picture, but I am not a professional photographer, and trying to catch a whale spout is one of the tougher shots for a small digital pic!