Warrnambool

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Warrnambool is a city situated on Victoria's far south-west coast between Port Fairy and Port Campbell. The coast around Warrnambool and down to Cape Otway is known as the Shipwreck Coast, due to the large number of water vessels that ran aground in the 1800s and early 1900s due to ferocious weather conditions and the rocky coastline. These days, Warrnambool is a popular tourist destination with an extensive commercial centre based around Liebig Street, Kepler Street, Koroit Street and Timor Street, separated from the ocean by coastal reserves and parkland. Historic buildings within the city centre include the post office (built in 1870), courthouse (1871) and Western Hotel (1869). The Princes Highway through Warrnambool opens up into the grand boulevard of Raglan Parade, lined with Norfolk Pines within the wide central median strip. Warrnambool enjoys a good variety of coastal attractions. The main swimming beach is the patrolled sandy expanse of Bathing Beach, situated at the top of Lady Bay. Behind the beach is the 34 hectare Lake Pertobe Adventure Park . At Logans Beach, adjacent to the mouth of the Hopkins River, is a whale viewing platform, making it one the region's best observation points for these mammals during the calving season between June and September .while to the west of the breakwater are two islands, sheltered swimming areas at the sandy mouth of the Merri River, and the attractive rocky coastal features of Pickering Point and Thunder Point. Warrnambool boasts a number of attractive parks and gardens including the colourful Fletcher Jones Gardens, set within the grounds of the clothing factory and floodlit at night. Warrnambool's rich maritime history can be explored at Flagstaff Hill, which is a recreated 19th century sea port with interactive displays and buildings created from authentic materials. A short drive east of Warrnambool are the Hopkins Falls, located on the Hopkins River, with picnic areas and walking tracks. Roughly half-way between Warrnambool and Port Fairy is the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, covering 615 hectares within an extinct volcano and including walking tracks, lookouts and lakes. 12 kilometres east of Warrnambool, where the Princes Highway meets the Great Ocean Road is the small town of Allansford. Attractions in the area include Cheeseworld - a cheese and wine cellar - as well as the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory which has been manufacturing products from milk since 1888. The large town of Warracknabeal is situated north of Horsham in the west of the state. Warracknabeal's commercial centre can be found on Scott Street and features a number of historic buildings including the Tudor-style post office (built in 1907) and the old State Savings Bank building (1909) which now houses the Warracknabeal Historical Centre with its displays of furniture, pictures and clocks. The attractive Yarriambiack Creek flows through Warracknabeal, swelling north of Lyle Street where a number of parks and gardens line the waterwaya fauna park and a boat ramp. At the southern end of town is the Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum with its vast collection of early agricultural machinery with particular emphasis on the wheat industry. The prosperity that Warracknabeal is now enjoying is the result of its diverse agricultural industries which include wheat, peas, beans as well as emu, ostrich and deer farms. The pastoral and farming community of Wycheproof is located between Charlton and Sea Lake on the main highway between Melbourne and Mildura. Warrnambool is home to many shipwrecks, a historic boathouse, a recreated maritime village and was Victoria’s most active port in the 1880s...A mysterious shipwreck buried deep beneath the sand dunes on Warrnambool’s outskirts is just one of the intriguing tales that contribute to the city’s unique history. A Portuguese vessel, fondly known by locals as “The Mahogany Ship” reportedly ran aground off Warrnambool in the 1500s. This local legend is supported by the discovery of Old Portuguese charts that depict Australia’s southern coastline as far as Armstrong’s Bay. It is believed these charts were drawn in the 1520s.If ever found or proven the Mahogany Ship and those Portuguese charts could rewrite the history of both Warrnambool and Australia. The 22km Mahogany Trail walking track extends from Warrnambool to Port Fairy passing the possible site. Take a walk and see if you can unravel the mystery. A high standard of fitness/experience is re Breakwater In the 1880s; the Port of Warrnambool handled more cargo than the Port of Melbourne and was a thriving deep sea port. In 1876, planning commenced to protect the harbour utilising huge concrete blocks weighing 32 tons each. The blocks were transported to the breakwater site by a specially built railway line, and construction was not completed until 1890. The Warrnambool Yacht Club was built nearby in 1959.Wollaston Bridge Pastoralist Walter Manifold operated a punt across the Merri River from 1880, purchasing the Wollaston property in 1884. In 1890 Manifold built the Wollaston suspension bridge, using cables from the Melbourne to Hawthorn tram service. The suspension bridge replaced an earlier wooden bridge which had been washed away in a heavy flood. Granny’s Grave This monument was erected in 1904 in recognition of the first white woman to be buried in Warrnambool. It marks the final resting place of Mrs. James Raddleston who died in 1848, when the Warrnambool settlement was less than a year old. Historic Shipwreck Trail Extending for 110 kilometres along the Great Ocean Road from Moonlight Head (near Princetown) to Port Fairy, the trail incorporates 25 shipwrecks marked by road signs and information plaques and provides a fascinating insight into the region’s shipwreck history. While the wrecks cannot be seen from the shore, it is easy to imagine the ships foundering in rough seas. Note that a high standard of fitness/experience is required to complete the entire walk. Proudfoot’s Boathouse Built over 100 years ago, the Hopkins River Boat House reflects the early days of fishing and boating on the Hopkins River. The building has been converted into a tavern bar, restaurant and tea rooms and features many historical photos and other items of interest. Classified by the National Trust as an early Australian recreational facility. War Memorial This monument was erected in 1925 to recognise those who served in World War 1 and 2, and to the services of Korean and Vietnam Veterans.
This impressive monument is made from red granite and the angel is carved from Italian marble Warrnambool and the National Song Waltzing Matilda - The Story Begins at Warrnambool Races Christina Macpherson was at Warrnambool's Annual Steeplechase Race Meeting in April 1894 when she heard the Warrnambool Town Band play the traditional Scottish tune, Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigie-Lea.

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