Hamilton Victoria

Whales, shipwrecks and Irish history

View the magestic Southern Right Whale

Enjoy a visit to the city of Warrnambool

The most direct route to Warrnambool, home to the Southern Right Whales between May and October, is via Penshurst. Take a detour to Mt. Rouse lookout then continue to Warrnambool through the small town of Hawkesdale and then on to Koroit with plenty of historic buildings, antique shops and Irish history.

The city of Warrnambool has an excellent maritime museum, the Fletcher Jones gardens, great beaches, fishing spots and excellent views along the Shipwreck Coast from the whale viewing platform at Logans Beach. Over 70 ships were wrecked along the coast between Cape Otway and beyond Port Fairy in the early days, and markers along the coast point to where many went down.The historic fishing village of Port Fairy is a 25 minute drive west of Warrnambool. Along the way detour into the Tower Hill Game Reserve with its Robin Boyd designed interpretive centre, scenic drives and walks, inquisitive emus and volcanic features. Keep a lookout for koalas.

Port Fairy is a delightful historic port with a strong Irish influence – still to be found in place names and buildings around the town. Take the historic walk past grand bluestone buildings and quaint sandstone cottages with many of the towns excellent eating places housed in restored old buildings. Stroll along the Moyne River wharf and maybe you’ll meet one of the local fisherman with his catch of the day. Fresh crayfish for supper if you’re lucky.

Port Fairy also has wide white beaches, good river and coast fishing and a golf course with great ocean views. The road back to Hamilton is clearly marked and travels through Macarthur, Byaduk and Harmans Valley. A full day can easily be spent on this trip if taken at your leisure.

Warrnambool & Surrounds