Warrnambool Tourist Attractions
Warrnambool (pop. 25,500) is a beautiful coastal town situated at the junction of the Great Ocean Road and the Princes Highway. It has numerous parks and gardens and excellent sport and entertainment facilities, including whale-watching trips.Warrnambool's principal tourist attraction is Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a 19th C. museum village with old harbor buildings and restored sailing ships. Here too can be seen relics of the clipper Loch Ard, wrecked off the coast in 1878. By the lighthouse are cannon set up in 1880, when there were fears of a Russian attack.
Port Fairy, Australia
The fishing town of Port Fairy (pop. 2500) is one of the oldest towns in Victoria. It was founded in 1835, under the name of Belfast, on a site where there had been temporary whaling and sealing settlements, and thereafter developed into one of the largest ports in Australia. It has preserved over 50 historic old buildings, including the oldest pub in Australia, first licensed in 1844.Features of particular interest are the Historical Centre in Bank Street; Battery Hill, an old fort at the mouth of the river; Captain Mills' House, which belonged to a whaling skipper; the Old Caledonian Inn; and the ANZ Bank.With good beaches, good fishing and large caravan/camping parks, Port Fairy is a popular summer holiday resort.Griffiths Island, with a lighthouse and a colony of mutton birds, is linked with the town by a causeway.Every March there is a popular Folk Festival in Port Fairy.
14km west of Warrnambool is Tower Hill, an extinct volcano with a crater lake. 54km southeast is Port Campbell National Park.