Warrnambool Lookouts and Secret Beachesby I AM WARRNAMBOOL
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Turn left at the roundabout when exiting Flagstaff Hill and Visitor Information Centre and drive down to Lake Pertobe – a 20 hectare adventure playground with numerous activities for children (and adults) of all ages. The area also features lovely walking tracks around the lakes, delightful picnic areas and barbeque facilities.
Continue along Pertobe Road to the Breakwater precinct and Lady Bay. Take a scenic walk along the Promenade which stretches from the Breakwater to the Logans Beach Southern Right whale nursery. Walk the entire 5.7 kilometres or have a meal or coffee overlooking the ocean.
Cross the footbridge and walk past Middle Island, home to Warrnambool’s famous Maremma dogs which protect the penguin population, past Pickering Point where on low tide you can explore rock pools and caves, to Thunder Point Reserve and observe the powerful forces of the great Southern Ocean which have carved out the rock formations and caves found at Thunder Point.
Alternatively drive around to Thunder Point via Stanley Street and Macdonald Street to enjoy the great views from this vantage point, and take the scenic walk to secret spot ‘Shelly Beach’.
Return via Macdonald Street to Merri Street, drive past the picturesque Railway Station to Cannon Hill which is situated behind the War Memorial. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Southern Ocean and foreshore area and inspect the unique Portuguese Padrao which commemorates the legend of the fabled Mahogany Ship.
Continue down Merri Street past Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and past the Flume, Warrnambool’s favourite surfing spot. Turn left into Ward Street and right into Nicholson Street, and down Otway Road to Hopkins Road. Turn left into Marfell Road and turn right before the bridge to Point Ritchie or Moyjil where the Hopkins River estuary meets the sea, learn about the amazing Aboriginal history of this sacred spot. In the winter and early spring there is sometimes whales enjoying playing with their calves in this area.
Return to Marfell Road and turn right to cross the bridge and then right again into Blue Hole Road and follow the signs to the Logans Beach Southern Right Whale Nursery lookout. From June to September whales calve in this little bay and stay until their annual summer migration to Antarctica in September.
Return to the city centre via Otway Road and Flaxman Street visiting the Fletcher Jones Gardens on the corner of Flaxman Street and Raglan Parade, why not stop to explore the treasures in the Fletcher Jones Markets. Proceed along Raglan Parade (the Princes Highway, A1)
The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens in Botanic Road was designed by William Guilfoyle and is still faithful to his original plans and has one of the few remaining original trees grown from a pine cone at Lone Pine on Gallipoli.
Turn off Raglan Parade (the Princes Highway, A1) at Banyan Street (turn to the north – away from the sea), turn left at Botanic Road and the Gardens are two blocks along.