We drove from Newman to Marble Bar 180kms of which…
Warrnambool marks the western end of The Great Ocean Road along the Shipwreck Coast It is only 77klms from the 12 Apostles. It is a beautiful town its streets are lined with Norfolk Pines and there are many attractions here. we went for a drive out to Hopkins Falls past the cattle grazing in the green fields lovely countryside. The thing I like the most is how dog friendly it is we stayed at Surfside Holiday Park right on the beach our site was right beside the access to the beach and the Lady Bay Promenade Trail a great walking path with dog water bowls all along the views you get of the beach and the bay are great. Even though the weather was overcast some days its still a lovely place.
Lake Pertrobe Adventure Playground is across the road its a vast area parkland with various play areas. There are lots of parks and walking tracks many unique shops and cafes for a coffee.
The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum is in Warrnambool built on Flagstaff Hill that also holds the original lighthouses and Warrnambool Garrison. Its most prized item in its collection is the Minton peacock salvaged from the Loch Ard. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is built around the original lighthouses and now operates as a heritage attraction and museum for the Great Ocean Road, it houses an extensive collection of shipwreck and maritime trade artefacts in both a museum and village setting.
At Logans Beach, adjacent to the mouth of the Hopkins River, is a whale viewing platform, a great place to spot these beautiful whales during the calving season between June and September. Fishing is popular from the breakwater constructed at the western end of Lady Bay, 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.
The movie Oddball, filmed in Warrnambool and based on the true story of Oddball the maremma who was the first guardian dog for the Middle Island penguin population. Middle Island is situated just off the Warrnambool coast.
The Allansford Cheese Factory has some amazing cheeses and condiments I had some tastings with Deb who told me all about the diffrent types I need a bigger fridge to fit all the cheese I bought. There is a gift shop and a cafe as well. You can find it 10klm from Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Rd.
I’ve really enjoyed my stay here the people are very friendly I would come back again.