History and Sports in Warrnambool
The name Warrnambool comes from the indigenous Australian word that roughly translates to ample water, and the town has just that. Warrnambool is set on Shipwreck Coast on the southwest coast of Victoria. The holiday town is a former port and features a golden sandy beach and lovely blue waters. Ideal for nature lovers, city dwellers and historians alike, Warrnambool offers a variety of attractions and activities to keep residents and holiday makers busy. This destination has a moderate year-round population of just under 40,000 residents, and though the most popular time to visit is in the summer, even the winter months offer comfortable temperatures for outdoor exploration. While staying in Warrnambool, a variety of rental options are found, including cosy cottages near the water, swanky apartments and comfortable, self-contained homes.
Historic Sites in Warrnambool
Downtown in Warrnambool, there are a variety of historic sites that provide an interesting look at the town's past. One of the first stops allows you to pay tribute to Australia's fallen soldiers: the World War I memorial. This important monument is located on Lieberg Street (south end) and was completed in 1925. Looking over Lady Bay is another interesting memorial known as Granny's Grave. The "grave" honors Warrnambool's first European woman, Mrs. James Raddleston. Built in the 1880s, Proudfoot's Boathouse is a gorgeous Victorian boathouse that houses a restaurant and several bars. This allows visitors to see the property inside and out. Wollaston Bridge, which was built in 1890, is now a foot bridge. The bridge includes an informational plaque onsite and has been beautifully maintained for the perfect photo opportunity. The post office, the court house and the Western Hotel are other must-sees.
Spend Your Day near the Water
For a fun day of swimming or just splashing around in the water, check out properly named Bathing Beach. The waters along this beach feature few small waves, which makes the surf unsuitable for water sports and ideal for families with children. The beach is fully patrolled and has a prime location at the top of Lady Bay.
A mostly scenic beach, the golden sand and bright blue water of Logan's Beach sets the perfect ambiance for a relaxing day. This beach is perfect for strolling along, though there are paths off the sand if you do not want to get dirty. The surf here is often rough, with waves crashing hard against the coastline. One of the most well-known features of Logan's Beach is the raised platforms from which you are invited to watch for whales. The waters surrounding this beach act as a nursery for whales during the months of July and October and feature many mommas and babies that are fun to spot, so bring along your binoculars.
Hit a Local Honey Hole
If it is fresh fish you seek, cast a line off of the bridge near Logan's Beach. Fishing is also popular right off the rocks and the coastline. A network of inland lakes and rivers provide a fantastic freshwater option for fishermen. Fishing boats take off from many of the area's rivers and provide an opportunity to catch a story-worthy fish. Of course, if you want the fish without all of the work involved, hit up one of Warrnambool's markets that receive the freshest seafood each day.
Peruse the TownÃs Offerings
In the main part of Warrnambool, a multitude of parks and gardens provide a great way to take in nature while still being close to conveniences. Fletcher Jones Gardens and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens are just two of the options available to visitors. After enjoying the local flora and fauna in the parks and gardens, check out the interesting variety of local stores found in the main shopping district on Liebig Street. In addition to set stores, there are independent traders markets and other opportunities to get your dose of retail therapy. Take advantage of the vibrant arts community in Warrnambool by checking out the numerous galleries and ever-changing exhibits.
Getting to the town could not be simpler, with its prime location right off the Great Ocean Road. Containing rich culture, informative historic sites and fun for holiday makers of all ages, Warrnambool is more than just a holiday destination, the town is an experience.
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