Albert Park

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3 kilometres of paths for running, walking, cycling. Dogs on leash.

Location: Entry from Cramer or Coulstock Street

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Botanic Gardens

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Designed in 1876 by William Guilfoyle - 20 acres of sweeping lawns and sealed pathways, duck and lily pond, stone bridge, cannon, ‘Lone Pine’ plus more. www.wbgardens.com.au

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Cannon Hill

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Cannon Hill offers panoramic views of Lady Bay and Lake Pertobe. A Portuguese Padrao

commemorates early Portuguese exploration of the Warrnambool area. BBQs, a rotunda and car parking available.  A great place to start a walk around Lake Pertobe or the Foreshore.

LOCATION: Adjacent to the War Memorial, off Artillery Crescent.

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Foreshore Promenade

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Park at the Breakwater car park, at the end of Pertobe Road. For a shorter walk, park at McGennans Car Park, the first on your left past the kiosk as you drive down Pertobe Road.

If parking at the Breakwater, you may wish to stroll out along the Breakwater wall, viewing the spectacular Southern Ocean on your right and the tranquil waters of Lady Bay to your left. The Breakwater was completed in 1890 and was constructed specifically for protection of the early shipping fleets and beach front.

Return to the carpark along either the upper or lower level of the Breakwater.

Make your way toward the beach and onto the sealed promenade. The promenade is designed for all forms of wheeled transport, including wheelchairs, pushers, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters or you can walk along the beach.

This area is the city’s main beach, very popular during summer with swimmers, surfers and those who simply enjoy the sun. In peak times, a section of the beach is patrolled by lifeguards for safe swimming. You may wish to leave the promenade from time to time to enjoy the sand or wade on the waters edge.

 

The promenade continues for about five kilometres, to Logans Beach. Once you reach the surf club, turn left and cross over Pertobe Road at the traffic lights to the Adventure Playground.

This 35 hectare award winning playground is a favourite. The choices are endless, play on the adventure equipment, enjoy a game of cricket or feed the ducks.

Electric BBQ’s and shelters make the area popular for family picnics. The lake complex also has boat hire. A walking trail extends around the lakes, providing a ‘natural’ contrast to the rest of the manicured park.

 

To return to your car, either retrace your steps, or walk up tree lined Pertobe Road to the Breakwater car park.

Dogs on leads are permitted all year round with drinking water stations en route.

Time: 3.5 hours return. Duration: 7.5 kilometres. Difficulty: intermediate. www.visitwarrnambool.com.au     

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Lady Bay Resort 淑女湾采取

The team at the Lady Bay Resort want you to feel welcome, at home, comfortable and ready to do exactly what it is that has brought you to the lovely sea-side city of Warrnambool.

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Pippies by the Bay

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Heritage

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3km CBD heritage walk to some of Warrnambool’s historic buildings. Map online www.visitwarrnambool.com.au and available at the Visitor Information Centre.

Location: Warrnambool Central Business District.
Duration: 1.5-2 hours return.

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lake Pertobe

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Walking tracks in a 35 hectare parkland and playground. Free BBQ’s, picnic shelters, play equipment, cricket pitch/net, hire boats, maze, flying fox, giant slides, bird hide.

Location: Pertobe Road

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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village 弗拉格斯塔夫山村庄式海事博物馆

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Levy's Point Coastal Reserve

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Levy’s Point is a beautiful and often deserted surf beach, located to the west of the city. Excellent surfing and fishing, dangerous rips do exist. Access is via dunes.

LOCATION: Off Swinton Street

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Point Ritchie (Moyjil) Beach and River Walk

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A scenic coastal walk featuring soft sandy beaches, swimming, fishing and historical points of interest.

Park at the Point Ritchie car park, on the city side of the Hopkins River, and absorb the spectacular ocean views from the viewing platform nearby.

Take the narrow path at the left of the carpark down to a tiny beach on the river’s edge. The river mouth here is constantly changing – sometimes running swiftly into the ocean and sometimes coming to a standstill.

When conditions are right, the area is ideal for a swim or for wading across to the expanse of beach which lies opposite. The rugged rocky outcrops in the area make for great exploring or even a spot of photography.

Return to the carpark, and walk down the wooden steps on the other side of the main beach. The water is dotted with sand filled rockpools at low tide, ideal for relaxing in during the warmer weather.

Lying in the sand dunes along the beach, is Granny’s Grave, the burial place of the first white woman to be buried in Warrnambool, (1848).

After your beach walk, return to the carpark and back to the trail on the far side. This time, veer left rather than down toward the beach. This sheltered little trail runs parallel to the river, providing fishing access in some places, and emerging at the Hopkins River Bridge. Local fishermen are often seen here dangling a line.

Continue across Hopkins Point Road (not along the bridge) and through the gateway leading into the grounds of Lyndoch. The path leads through lovely gardens along the river’s edge, then finally to a bitumen road. Following the road to your right, you will arrive at the elegant Proudfoot’s Boathouse.

Reflecting the early days of fishing and boating on the river, Proudfoot’s Boathouse is classified by the National Trust as an early Australian recreational facility. To return to your car, simply retrace your steps. Duration: 1 hour.Online www.moyjil.com.au

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Russell's Creek Walk

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Easy walk along waterway environment.

LOCATION: Ardlie Street to Garden Street

DISTANCE: Approximately 2.6kms

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Shelly Beach

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This rugged ocean beach is accessed via an unsealed walking track from Thunder Point.

Location: End of MacDonald Street. Thunder Point carpark.

Duration: 45 mins return – 900m – Thunder Point carpark to Shelly Beach.

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Thunder Point

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A highly scenic walk along the coastline and wetlands, featuring river estuary, rocky shoreline and coastal wildlife.

Park at the Breakwater car park and walk away from the main beach toward Merri and Middle Islands and the Merri River estuary. Wander down onto the soft white sands of tiny, peaceful Stingray Bay, located at the Merri River mouth. During low tide, this sheltered area is ideal for a swim or a picnic.

During high tides, the area may be covered in water and you should remain on the road.

 

Make your way over the river via the footbridge which leads to Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, an area characterized by weathered sandstone cliffs, sculptured into tiny bays, inlets and rockpools. Walking across the rocky clifftop, you will reach a formalised walking track. Follow the track through coastal vegetation to emerge at a small carpark at Pickering Point.

From here, you have a spectacular 360 degree view of the Merri River, Lady Bay and Breakwater to your right, the South Warrnambool wetlands straight ahead, the scrubland of Thunder Point to your left and the Southern Ocean behind.

Walk approximately 100m along the bitumen road, then take the track on your left. This leads to excellent views of the ocean and spectacular shoreline. Step access is provided to the water in some places, where rock pools and rock formations can be carefully explored. The track emerges at another small carpark and road.

Head left along the road, through another carpark area, and onto the formalised track at the far end of Pickering Point. Take in the breathtaking ocean views along the way.

Wander as little or as far as you wish along this walking track. Mostly, it travels through coastal vegetation and has a number of lookout points.

 

After a short walk you will reach Shelly Beach, renowned for its shells and rocky outcrops. Here, the track ends and the open beach begins.

To return, simply retrace your footsteps. If desired, arrange for someone to pick you up from any of the carparks along the way, to shorten your return trip Location: Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes approx.

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Tower Hill Reserve

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Exploring on foot

• PEAK CLIMB -                           Orientation and geology: 30 minutes, steep

• LAVA TONGUE BOARDWALK –      Wetlands: 30 minutes, easy

• JOURNEY TO THE LAST VOLCANO Geology: 1 hour, moderate

• WAGON BAY LOOP:                    30 minute

All walks start from the picnic area near the Visitor Centre, with a guide or without. More information online at www.towerhill.org.au  

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Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail

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37km rail trail from Regent Street in Port Fairy via Koroit to Warrnambool breakwater. Map online www.portfairytowarrnamboolrailtrail.com.au and available at the Visitor Information Centre

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Warrnambool Walkers

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Tuesday -  Grannys Grave (Hickford Pde carpark) to Breakwater

Thursday- Grannys Grave (Hickford Pde carpark) to Logans Beach

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Walking your Dog

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Dogs must be on a leash in all public places unless declared ‘’off leash’’ and pick up bags must be carried and used.  A full list of off leash and prohibited areas is below:

DESIGNATED OFF-LEASH AREAS:

Dogs must be kept under effective voice control and a lead carried and used when in the vicinity of another dog or within 30m of a children’s playground, barbecue facility, organised sporting events, picnic areas or public meetings.

Dogs must not be allowed to worry or threaten any person or animal. You can walk your dog off a leash in the following areas:

  • Albert Park (excluding sporting grounds).
  • Beach area, Hopkins River (west side) to Flume.
  • Blue Hole Reserve (from Hopkins River Bridge to mouth, east side only between 1 May and 31 October may be offleash).
  • Merri River areas of public open space in the vicinity of Manuka Drive, Membrey Way and Ponting Drive.
  • Bushfield Oval Reserve.                                                      
  • Victoria Park
  • Harris Street Reserve.                                                        
  • Payne Reserve
  • Jubilee Park, Woodford.                                                     
  • Merrivale Reserve
  • Logans Beach.                                                                  
  • Jones Oval
  • Allansford Reserve.                                                            
  • Scoborio Reserve
  • Davidson Oval Reserve.                                                     
  • St. James Reserve
  • Kings Park.                                                                         
  • Brierly Reserve
  • Malwarrah Reserve, Woodford.                                          
  • Rotary Park        
  • Russells Creek Reserve (Mortlake Road to Garden Street).        
  • Dennington Reserve 
  • Schrader Park, Allansford.                                                 
  • Archibald Reserve
  • Tozer Road easement (to Wanstead Street).

DESIGNATED ON-LEASH AREAS:

All public areas (residential streets, CBD etc).

Blue Hole Reserve (Hopkins River bridge to mouth, east side 1 November to 30 April each year).

Foreshore walking tracks, including Foreshore Promenade.

Main beach area (Flume to Breakwater 1 May to 31 October each year).

PROHIBITED AREAS:

  • Lake Pertobe Reserve.
  • Botanic Gardens.
  • Jetty Flat Athletics Centre.
  • Sports ovals.
  • Main beach area (Flume to Breakwater) between 1November and 30 April each year.
  • Merri River Mouth (south of Stanley Street Bridge including Middle Island).
  • Merri River Wetlands (Viaduct Road to MacDonald Street).
  • Rail Trail
  • Ski Club beach frontage (1 November to 30 April each year).
  • Surfside & Shipwreck Bay holiday parks between 23 Dec., & 2 February.
  • Hopkins River frontage (Ski Club) between 1 November and 30 April.

 

 

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