Blogs from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool April 15th 2018

Gidday all. Sorry for the late entry. I'm in Warrnambool at the moment. So far Ive stopped at the Werribee treatment plant to photograph birds. Visited the Youyangs and Anekie Gorge. My first night was spent in a free camp adjacent to Brisbane ranges NP. near Anekie. The Youyangs have been on my radar for some time. As I have been seeing them from across the bay for the last 50 years. Well finally made the leap to get there. As Anne Morley has mentioned in the Royal Auto magazine there are plenty of walking and mountain bike tracks. Also the view is great. Next step was to check out Port Arlington and St Leonards. Last time I visited was a boat trip from Rye one school Holiday. Not much has changed in 40+ years. Day ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool November 8th 2017

Today we were done and dusted by 0815 and on our way west past Apollo bay and to Warrambool via lots of viewing points to see the spectacular coast. We stopped at the 12 apostles centre the stopped at Peterborough for lunch. When we got to Warrambool we headed north to our airb room at Warrayure. Along the way Alex spotted a koala in a tree so we stopped and took the obligatory photo. It took a bit of finding but it’s a room on a farm with yet another comfy bed. Tea to nite was curry heated in the microwave With a bottle of merlot drunk out of mugs to supplemen. The toilet is outside and they provide a torch to light the way at night.............spiders!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool July 31st 2016

Geo: -37.8143, 144.963Only too pleased to be checking out of this lamentable hotel we started off on our journey to Warrnambool Having set up the TomTom sat nav which we paid extra for the first thing it reported was that the maps were more than a year out of date! After only 30 minutes or so on the freeway we came to the conclusion this vehicle was a bag of s**t, it's got very little power and more surprisingly NO cruise control which with the Aussie police's aggressive attitude towards speeding with an allowance of only 2km over the speed limit it makes for interesting journeys ahead. We checked into our motel dropped all our luggage off and set off for Logans Beach famed for its whale sightings, it was still very windy with some fantastic ... read more
Logan Beach Whale Watching Platform
Logan Beach
Logan Beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool June 11th 2016

We have been out of mob phone range for the past 3 days. Yesterday I got some reception and spoke to William on Skype but it did not last long. Moving down the Great Ocean Road our next stop was at a very small place called Princetown. They have a sports field about a kilometer out of town. The "highlight" was counting 79 kangaroos grazing on the cricket field in the morning. I did early start to the Twelve Apostles and got some good pictures although it was very windy and cloudy. After picking Liesel and the caravan up we headed on to our next stop at Peterborough, stopping off at all the sites on the way. After setting up camp we headed inland to the local town of Timboon, stopping off at a cheesery on ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool July 15th 2015

My Great Ocean Road holiday on Australia's southeastern coast was an amazing experience. This road winds for 150 miles through the state of Victoria. The trip gave me the opportunity to enjoy nature, learn about Australia's history, shop and sample local cuisine.My adventure began when I landed at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne. I then headed southeast along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool . I chose a car hire as my means of transportation ( full list of all car hire providers in Warrnambool here ). This allowed me to stop at any place ... read more
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool June 29th 2015

Well we are so close to the end. We have had a lovley couple of days here at Warrnambool, albeit very cold. But no rain so thats a bonus. We left Horsham for a nice drive down to Warrnambool. Only dampner was a stop over at Hamilton for lunch and the only thing opened was a noodle bar. Worst ever! A container full of 2 min noodles with out the flavour sachet, one prawn and one skinny bit of broccoli! Out of character for me, I went back in and asked the guy how he had the audacity to charge $13.50 for one prawn! Ha ha , he went right off at me! 5 prawn. my wife put in, you ask any body 5 prawn! Silly old buggar! I told him I know he's lying but ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool June 21st 2013

In the bush on the outskirts of Panmure, way down the highway from Melbourne, in South West Victoria lies a secluded classic old Aussie Bush Shack. A retreat from the world, gradually added to and built up over the years by a family friend of ours, a place where men meet and share a bbq, some beers, some stories, go hunting and take the slow pace of life for a Sunday afternoon... It is a classic place built from what was gathered around the bush & nearby, the 'make do' attitude and 'she'll be right'.. Armchairs and seating are crudely axed out of old tree logs, an outside toilet offers options of indoors & out-outdoor versions for your comfort or needs! Old bits of corrugated iron from water tanks and old farm sheds are re used ... read more
wood heap & axe 096
tools of trade 121
 view of the main lean to shack 099

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool March 31st 2013

For the Easter long weekend we headed a little off the coast to the little town of Koroit which boasts three important things; its origins, its dairy industry and a huge hole. Located only a few kilometres north west of Warrnambool, Koroit is a little piece of Ireland on the western plains of Victoria. That sounds Irish already. All the shops, proprietors seem to have an Irish theme. For good reason. The town was settled by Irish immigrants. The town is also quite old. The oldest surviving building is the Common School, almost next door to the camping ground. This school building looks in fine repair and is the head quarters of the local Historical Society. All around the central part of town are old cottages, commercial buildings etc built in the mid to late 1800s. ... read more
Typical Cottage
Old building
A stately old building

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool March 30th 2013

Saturday 30th. As it happens you will find it at Warrnambool at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. The museum has a special theme, The Loch Ard, but also artefacts from various maritime disasters on this rugged coast of South West Victoria. About 2000 people lost their lives on this coast, and over 60 kilometres, the list of ship wrecks is frightening. 17 just in the coast at Warrnambool, and some areas are even more littered with disasters. The story of the Loch Ard starts in the UK where this powerful steel hulled sailing ship carrying fifty three thousand pounds worth of cargo for the colony, a combined 54 people on board, crew and just a few fair paying passengers. Unlike the ships who brought the poor to Australia, these passengers travelled at speed, non stop to ... read more
The Loch Ard
The Loch Ard 2
The two survivors

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool February 12th 2013

Well, we moved on from our picturesque Murray river camp spot to a similarly beautiful spot on the Campaspe River near the small town of Elmore. However we are, this time, surrounded by many, many motor homes and caravans, being such a popular spot for the locals to camp at. We have met campers from Bendigo and Melbourne plus there is a local chapter of the Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia gathered here, of which we are members, so we have been invited to share in their Australia Day Happy Hour celebration this afternoon plus their big BBQ breakfast tomorrow! Sounds good! Yet another hot day and a swim in the river will not be far away. The campsite was so good that we stayed there 3 nights but moved on today to get closer ... read more
More Bollards and me! - Geelong
Geelong Foreshore swimming pool
Bushwalk on Great Ocean Road

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