I recently had a getaway back to my gorgeous hometown, Warrnambool and as a result decided to write a brief post on some of the wonderful things to do. I have decided to break the post into two parts as there was so much to include. A local friend of mine helped edit and contribute to the post and while they wish to remain anonymous I would like to thank them for their assistance, it is much appreciated! So here goes, the Wonders of Warrnambool (part 1)…
The Coffee Shops
So much to choose from… be that having a latte overlooking horses training on the beach, one of the more social cafes or a café where you can browse at some goodies while you look. Here are some of our fav’s:
- The Saltmarsh glass blowing studio which overlooks the Warrnambool wetlands
- Café Lava is full of fun trinkets and great coffee.
- The Pavillion, which offers locals and visitors alike, the chance to enjoy sunrise over the Warrnambool Bay while local horse trainers put their protégé to work in the water and kite-surfers brave the swell in all weather.
- Wyton’s tends to be my local/favorite one. There are two, both based on Kepler St and definitely worth stopping by if you’re in town.
Renovated a few years ago, Club Warrnambool offers a range of eating and dining options to its members and members of the general public. It has a lovely cosy atmosphere and is also great if you are wishing to host a function.
Tourist Information centre/ Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
Having spent at least one primary school trip here every year, I’m well accustomed to Warrnambool’s beginnings as a local port. The heritage of the town can be found here. You can learn sewing by a teacher donning nineteenth century garments or aboard a replica sailing vessel- just don’t expect to sail anywhere (For this, a short 20 minute drive to Port Fairy will suffice your desire). For those more inclined to take in old-world charm whilst enjoying 21st century comforts, a meal at Pippies will provide the perfect ambience whilst your friends or children explore the maritime village. For those looking for a unique night out, skip the Capitol Cinema and come straight back to Flagstaff Hill to watch the multi million dollar Sound and Laser show following the tragic voyage of the Loch Ard and discover how Victoria’s western coastline earned its cruel distinction as the Shipwrecked Coast.
Warrnambool is well renowned for it’s beaches. But be warned, at this time of year they are freezing so load up your wetsuits. However in summer it’s another story and the sand is lined with bikinis, beers & boards. On a warm summers evening be sure to get fish & chips, some good mates & head down for a quick dip or a hit of beach cricket and watch the sunset over the beach. Bliss.
No matter your age, you are bound to have fun here. These two playgrounds are situated opposite the main beach and loads of fun… pay a few dollars to take a tugboat around the lake, scream with laugher on the flying fox, get lost in the maze, have a shot of golf at Warrnambool’s mini-golf centre before loosing your coordination on the roundabout things after. Enjoy!
The Winter Whales
Every winter we are graced with the presence of the southern right whales which both the locals and the tourists go a little crazy for. Make sure you get out to Logan’s Beach to check them out, just remember patience is a virtue and sometimes you may be waiting but when they emerge from the water, the wait is well worth the wonder!
Warrnambool is host of Australia’s largest regional race meeting- the May Racing Carnival. The three-day annual event beckons horse racing enthusiasts from across the country to see quality horses vying for the cup or indeed the Southern Hemisphere longest steeple chase. For those Australian rules fans, our region is obsessed with the game – feel free to head to a local district game on Saturday afternoon. For a for leisurely game of golf, East Warrnambool’s Deakin University has a 9-hole course located on the river, while the 18-hole Warrnambool Club course is in West Warrnambool along the Southern Ocean.
I hope this has given you a good starting point. Websites were provided for those businesses that had one available. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to add them in, however part 2 of this series will feature next Sunday. Have a fantastic week