History takes center stage in Warrnambool, Australia. You can explore an old maritime village and see what life was like in the 1800s at the Flagstaff Hill historical site. After learning about the area’s history, you can go for a round of mini-golf or a relaxing day at the spa.
1. See the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show
Step back in time at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, constructed surrounding the 1858 UNESCO heritage listed Warrnambool Lighthouse. The museum houses Victoria’s largest collection of maritime and shipwreck items. The prize of the museum is the 4 million dollar Loch Ard Peacock relic. During the day, visitors can wander through the area and the museum, learning about old maritime life in the peak of Australia’s maritime heritage. You may even spot guardian dogs for the local penguin colony. There is a lot to see, which is why tickets are valid for two days. At night, visitors can be dazzled by a multi media outdoor extravaganza. The show tells the tale of the Loch Ard disaster. For those wishing to spend the night, you can book a room in the original harbourmaster’s home at the Lighthouse Lodge.
Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show
Address: 89 Merri Street, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280, Australia
Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm for the maritime village. Show times for the sound and laser show depend on the season and availability, so call the company to inquire about times.
Duration: around 2 hours required.
Contact: +61 1800 556 111
Website: Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show
2. Enjoy a relaxing time at a spa
Vacationing can be tiring! Between walking so much throughout the day to feeling overwhelmed by all the new sights and cultural differences, it is easy to get drained while on vacation. Take a time out at a spa to relax and recharge your energy for more sightseeing. The Deep Water Spa and Hot Springs offers several packages to meet your needs. It offers a geothermal mineral pool, a heated indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, and more. Enjoy the natural therapeutic advantages of water full of minerals, salts, and heat that restore your body as it soaks. After visiting the natural bathhouse, you can visit the day spa for a massage, manicure, and more.
Deep Water Spa and Hot Springs
Address: Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on public holidays.
Duration: at least an hour
Contact: +03 55 592 020
Website: Deep Water Spa and Hot Springs
3. Go mini golfing by the shore
Mini golf is a fun activity for individuals of any athletic and skill level. A round of mini golf can take as long as you want, either a competitive fast paced game or a leisurely stroll through the course. At Mini Golf by the Sea, you can enjoy all the fun of mini golf while taking in spectacular views of the shore. After a spirited round of mini golf, you can enjoy the Jumping Pillow.
Mini Golf by the Sea
Address: 47 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Opening Hours: Seven days a week. The times change depending on the season, so contact the company to find out what time it is open.
Duration: at least an hour
Contact: +03 5562 0644
Website: Mini Golf by the Sea
4. Experience nature at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Immerse yourself in nature at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. There are so many activities to enjoy, you could easily spend days exploring this treasure. There are five self-guided walks. Each walk offers a theme: orientation and geology, wetlands, revegetation, Aboriginal foods, and geology. The walks range in time from 30 minutes to an hour and range in ability level from easy to steep. Whatever your walking interests, you will be able to find a walk that matches. If you would like a guided tour, there are several choices to choose from: bushwalking, bus tours, birdwatching, coastal walking, night walks, four-wheel drive tours, heritage tours, boat tours, and seal and dolphin watching tours. Explore Tower Hill, which was formed several thousand years ago with a large explosion creating a lake crater and islands. Tower Hill was Victoria’s first national park, created in 1892, and was declared a state game reserve in 1961. Because of the status of a state game reserve, you may be able to spot koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, emus, and other animals in their natural habitat.
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Address: Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Opening Hours: open all day
Duration: as long as you want
Contact: +61 13 19 63
Website: Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
5. Enjoy local art at the Merri View Gallery
Be dazzled at the work of local Australian artists when you visit the Merri View Gallery. There are regular exhibits all year, with a special January summer show and a June Annual Awards show. The exhibits are changed every two months, which includes a featured artist exhibit. The gallery is run by local artists who can discuss with visitors the meaning and significance of different works. Get a glimpse into how Australians view their country and culture through the lens of local art.
Merri View Gallery
Address: 4 Coramba Court, Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm
Duration: at least an hour
Contact: [email protected]
Website: Merri View Gallery
Experience Australia's maritime history in Warrnambool
Warrnambool, Australia offers visitors an exciting glimpse into the country’s maritime history with interactive shows and villages. Beyond history, visitors can enjoy art, relaxation, and sport for a wonderful visit to this charming area.
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