Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Flagstaff Hill is a state heritage listed site overlooking the beautiful Lady Bay. Today you can explore the site and gain a glimpse into our regions maritime heritage. All included in the entry fee is below.
Both a living historical village that displays the life of a 19th century port and town, and holder of Victoria's largest maritime shipwreck collection, it occupies a beautiful site, tumbling down the bluff towards Lady Bay. You can explore the village area that has over 40 buildings and vessels spread over 10 hectares. Explore at your own pace or take the fun (and educational) Sea Chest Challenge Trail, and all kids receive a bag of nibbles for the farm animals that they will discover as they explore.
As night falls step inside the village to experience dramatic stories of Australia’s rich maritime history, told vividly through the multimillion-dollar Sound and Light Show Experience. Our new sound and light show combines three great stories. Tales of the Shipwreck Coast takes you on a journey through the ages. From local Aboriginal stories to our colourful whaling past then to events that gave our coastline a reputation that inspired fear and trepidation among mariners.
Warnambool Lady Bay Lighthouses
The original Warrnambool Garrison area, plus the two 1858 lighthouses are registered on the Victorian Heritage Register and you will see why these areas were developed. The complex includes the two historic lighthouses that were originally erected on Middle Island in 1858, but which were relocated to Flagstaff Hill in 1872. Climb the upper lighthouses and glimpse for passing ships.
In 1887, as part of the colony's response to the fears of a Russian invasion, a fort was constructed near the lighthouses to house two rare muzzle-loading cannons with a range of 5½ km. The fort and the cannons have been restored.
Flagstaff Hill Great Circle Gallery Museum
A tour of Flagstaff Hill begins with a multimedia presentation tracing the voyage of an early immigrant to the Victorian colony. You then explore the museum that houses many treasures that have been rescued from shipwrecks that occurred along the Great Ocean Road.
Wreck of Loch Ard
Centrepiece to the collection is the stunning Loch Ard Peacock recovered from the famous 1878 wreck of Loch Ard. This piece is Australia' most valuable shipwreck artefacts recently re-insured for $4m. Other wrecks featured follow the maritime heritage of the Great Ocean Road.