8 Reasons why ‘Little Winter’ should be on your winter to-do-list


Little Winter, Flagstaff Hill's winter school holiday program, is big fun for the whole family. From July 1 to 12, the Warrnambool museum and village are alive with kids cooking and craft activities, chances to meet the Maremma guardian dogs who protect the little penguins at Middle Island, opportunities build something with Triton Woodworkers, or even travel back in time to experience an old-fashioned school room. Here are 8 reasons why Little Winter should be on you to-do-lists this Winter school holidays.


  1. Have a Whale of a Time. Winter is Whale seasons, so Little Winter will kick off with a whale talk from Mandy Watson on Monday the 1st of July. Come and learn about Warrnambool’s unique Southern Right Whales, why they are so endangered and what the latest research on these giants from the deep blue is telling us.

  2. Time Travel Tour with the Jolly Lighthouse Keeper. Have you ever wanted to time travel? Well here is your opportunity! Children will join their time travelling Lighthouse Keeper on a magical journey back to the early 1900s. Follow the guide who will take you down into Flagstaff Hill where you can explore the village, meeting shopkeepers, a nurse, garrison soldiers and a blacksmith. Each child will need to solve a mystery which they will do with the help of those that they meet on their adventure!

  3. Meet the Maremmas is a fun, educational and interactive experience running Monday to Friday at 10am during the winter school holidays. Learn about little penguins and the importance of protecting them. You will also learn how this world first project uses Maremma dogs to look after the penguins on Middle Island – made famous by the movie ‘Oddball’. You will be given the opportunity to pat and have a photo with a Maremma guardian dog.

  4. Triton Woodworkers are back in 2019 with fun and easy woodwork activities for kids. Choose from a wide selection of premade kits to build your own toys and decorations. From Lighthouses, ships, to dolls cradles and chainsaws – with a friendly team of helpers on site, D.I.Y. has never been so much fun!

  5. Make, Create and Learn. Each day at Little Winter there are fun session at 11am and 2pm where little hands can make to a whole range of craft activities, cook yummy food and even experience an old-fashioned school. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning!

  6. Enjoy a Guided Tour. Did you know every day at 11.30am you can join a guided heritage tour of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village? Hear from one of the knowledgeable volunteer guides about how the Flagstaff Hill and its impress artefact collection came to be, the hidden stories behind treasure like $4million Minton Peacock statue. Tours are perfect for all ages.

  7. Learn the Tales of the Shipwreck Coast. Nightly on dusk, Tales of the Shipwreck Coast takes you on a journey through the ages. Experience three epic true stories told through light projections onto a nine-metre water wall. From local creation stories of the Gunditjmara people, to our colourful whaling past, then to the most notorious Shipwreck on the Great Ocean Road, the wreck of the Loch Ard. Don’t just learn about the history, experience it.

  8. Value for Money. With so much on offer families can purchase an annual membership for just $85, and come to as many activities as they wish. Members also enjoy free entry to big events like and amazing discounts on the Sound & Light Show, Gift Shop and more. Who doesn’t love a bargain.


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