After a recent getaway to my hometown, Warrnambool I decided to put a post together of some of the fantastic things to do if you’re in the area. You can see Part 1 HERE. A friend of mine who was also raised in the area 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! Today, we bring you Part 2 of the Wonders of Warrnambool…
Many a drink & gossip session has occurred here. Being a local I have never actually experienced the accommodation but I have experienced their food and wine selection in both the restaurant and pub areas of the hotel. I must admit, I am not a huge fan of their food, I find that the choice is a tad limited however, I am very fond of their wine selection, the company that can be found and the atmosphere. If ever there was a local this is it.
Of course, this is completely subjective and I’m not claiming to be a connoisseur of fine dining, however I can recommend Nona Casalinga or the Pickled Pig, both located at the south end of Liebig St (main st). Liebig St also offers a range of other restaurants and you wont’ be short of choice! A little further down is Pippies located within the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, which overlooks the lighthouse and ocean.
With a myriad of local bars and restaurants to choose from, live music can be the deciding factor as to where you’ll enjoy your evening. Local pubs and bars, such as the Shanachai and Whalers Hotel offer a range of music genres to listen to over a few beers most weekend nights. For those looking for a place to enjoy a quiet red with acoustic background music, Friday night tapas at Wyton Cellars or Simon’s Waterfront restaurant may suffice and what a better way to top off your visit than heading to the Hotel Warrnambool and listening to local talent with a few friends for a Sunday afternoon session.
‘Warrnambool’ derived its name from the Aboriginal meaning of ‘resting place between two rivers’, so it is only fitting that you explore our local waterways. A good way to enjoy the ambience of the opening of the Hopkins River is by enjoying local seafood at Proudfoots Boathouse located in East Warrnambool.
Living in close proximity to the Botanical Gardens I have spent a lot of time with the family here over the years. Picnicking next to the lake, swinging on the giraffe swings or attempting to climb the tree’s… the gardens are a great place to escape & unwind. The vegetation is impeccably looked after & you get a lovely feeling of peace just walking in here.
For all your local news and to hear what is happening in town and the surrounding areas make sure you pick up a copy of the local paper or check it out online.
Drive to Port Fairy
Originally called Belfast, after the hometown of the local landlord, Port Fairy retains its historical charm as an important fishing village in Victoria. For those keen to learn how to ride a horse, or indeed just want to experience riding on the beach, Rundell’s runs a trial riding on the coast between Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Located a short distance from Rundell’s is Tower Hill, an inactive volcano was occupied by the Indigenous Koroitgundidj tribe for as long as history records. Upon exit, make sure drive through the township of Koroit and possible acquaint yourself with a refreshment from Mickey Bourke’s Hotel.
We hope you have enjoyed Part 1 & Part 2 of the Warrnambool series. If you offer a service in the area please let us know (via the Contact Page) as we would love to check it out and give a review. Or if you have any other local spots that you think should be added please feel free to list in our comments section.