Sights in Warrnambool

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Warrnambool has some historical sites, mostly related to ships and shipwrecks. There is the Mahogany Walking Trail, leading from Warrnambool to Port Fairy past the possible site of the mystery ship. Try to unravel the mystery yourself. You can also visit Granny's Grave, where the first white woman was buried in Warrnambool.

Most other sights in and around Warrnambool are more or less nature related. There are several parks and gardens, a nature reserve, and of course, the beaches and ocean.

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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

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The Flagstaff Hill is a recreated village modelled on an early port. It includes replicas of many 19th century buildigns, and an original lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottage. The museum recounts the history of the days when the only acces to the region was by ship. Over 160 ships are believed to have sunk on this bit of coast, and shipwreck artefacts can be found in abundance in the museum. One of the most striking is the Loch Ard Peakock, a valuable Minton statue shipped to Melbourne in 1878, but lost at sea before it could reach the International Exhibition for which it more..

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tel:(03) 5564 7841
address:Merri Street
open:daily from 9.00 to 17.00

Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground

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A 35 hectare playground, a favourite with children of all ages. Located next to to the main beach, the park features a lake with bridges, paddle boats, flying fox, a maze, giant slides, walking tracks and bird hides. Covered picnic shelters and electric BBQs make it very popular for family picnics. But what are the operating hours?

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address:Pertobe Road
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Wollaston Bridge

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The Wollaston bridge (1890) is an early example of a suspension bridge. The cabels used are from old Melbourne cable trams.

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address:Wollaston Road

History House

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The History House contains exhibits including old photographs, documents and historical records. The compact stone cottage was originally the residence of the caretaker for the Hot Sea Baths, and was built in 1876 near the railway line.

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address:Gilles Street
open:First sunday of the month from 14.00 - 16.00, or by appointment.

Botanic Gardens

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The Botanic Gardens were designed by William Guilfoyle in 1879, shortly after he completed the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. Designed in the classic style, these elegant gardens feature wide curving paths, ancient trees, lily pond with ducks, fernery, and band rotunda.

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address:Cnr Queen & Cockman Street.

Port Campbell National Park

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The Port Campbell Natinal Park is definitely worth a daytrip. It has lots of magnificent cliffs and rock formations. For millions of years the soft tertiary limestone of the cliffs of Port Campbell has been weathered and worn by the stormy Southern Ocean into a series of gorges, arches, islands and blowholes. The most striking features can easily be reached by the Great Ocean Road. The National Park not only has rocks, it is also an important bird sanctuary. Over 145 species can be spotted from the many walking tracks trough the Park.

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tel.:(03) 5598 6382
address:Morris Street, Port Campbell (70 km East of Warrambool)

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

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Nestled inside an extinct volcano, the Tower Hill State Game Reserve is a haven for all prototypical Australian wildlife. You can see kangaroos, koala's, emu's and many species of water birds all trough the reserve. It's a popular spot to go picknicking or bushwalking. From the picknick area, several walking tracks varying from 30 minutes to an hour lead to different aspects of the Park.

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tel.:(03) 5565 9202
address:Princes Highway, 15 km west of Warrnambool

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