Recommended Day Time Activitiesby I AM WARRNAMBOOL
The Great South Coast has many spectacular sights – these are just a few
- Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village – a few minutes from your accommodation - is a maritime village and museum built around 1858 state heritage listed Warrnambool Lighthouse.
Holder of Victoria's largest maritime and shipwreck collection, its feature pieces are the $4 million Loch Ard Peacock, a priceless relic from the wreck Loch Ard that in 1878 was lost at the now famous Loch Ard Gorge.
- Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – just 10 minutes from Warrnambool heading to Port Fairy – sitting on a dormant volcano and boasting magnificent scenery- wildlife and landscapes. Take a personalised bush and nature walking tour and learn about traditional Aboriginal culture.
- Childers Cove – Around 20 kms from Warrnambool, at the western end of the 12 Apostles coastline. A beautiful small beach with a bluff crossing the western end of the beach. The beach is low and flat, with a shallow bay floor. It has a few reefs and one narrow sea stack just off the beach. The name comes from wreck of “The Children” in 1839 in which 17 perished. One place to get away from the crowds.
- Allansford Cheese World Museum - The Cheese World Museum was established as part of the Cheese World Complex in the mid 1990’s as a tribute to the western district’s hard-working dairy farming families and to promote the contribution the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory has made to the local community since its beginnings in 1888. The Museum houses an extensive collection of farm implements and house hold items from everyday life in the early 1900’s.
- Historic Port Fairy - There are over 70 buildings of historic significance around Port Fairy and the best way to appreciate this legacy is on foot. Two walking trails have been established within Port Fairy, the History Town Walk and Shipwreck and Maritime Heritage Walk.
- Point Danger Gannet Rookery – Portland. The ONLY mainland Gannet Rookery found in Australia is located on the tip of Point Danger a short distance from the city of Portland. These birds are the overflow from the nearby colony on Lawrence Rocks. During the breeding season their numbers can swell to many hundreds.
- Cape Bridgewater Seal Colony - The Mainland Fur Seal colony that has established at Cape Bridgewater is one of only a few in Australia. The breeding colony is thought to number some 700 seals; however, these numbers vary from day to day, times of the day and season to season. Viewing them from the cliff tops above can be an uplifting experience. You will need to keep in mind however that you will be observing from very near the location of Victoria's highest above sea level cliffs.
- Moonlight Head Wreck Beach - About 16 kilometres south west from Lavers Hill look for a turn off onto Moonlight Head Road from The Great Ocean Road. About 10 minutes slow driving along this unsealed road is a carpark near Moonlight Head. A pleasant walk through a stand of casuarina trees (‘Wind in The Willows’ sounds) brings you to a platform about 90 metres above the sea with the best view of the wild southern ocean. Allow about 30 minutes for this stop. Nearby is a strenuous walk down to Wreck Beach where the anchors of the shipwrecks Marie Gabrielle (1870) and Fiji (1890) are embedded in the reef and visible at low tide. The anchors are a couple of hundred metres to your right after defending about 400 steps to the beach. The walk along the beach to the anchors is for low tide only, and keep a constant watch for large waves. If you add this walk to the Moonlight Head stop you need to allow about 2 hours in total.