Hawkesdale is situated on the Warrnambool-Penshurst Road, the main tourist road from the scenic Great Ocean Road to the majestic Grampians. It is a popular stopping point for people travelling to the Grampians and has great barbeque facilities and wide open space at Apex Park.
What should I do?
- Take a dip at the Hawkesdale swimming pool
- See Australia’s funkiest loo, designed by the creative kids of Hawkesdale
- Follow the historic walking trail, which begins at Apex Park
- Have something to eat and drink at the local hotel (check for meal and opening times)
Situated on the banks of the Hopkins River, Hexham is believed to be Victoria's second oldest inland settlement, after Harrow. The town was an important Cobb & Co. mail and passenger stopover on the route between Geelong and Belfast (now known as Port Fairy). It was also a staging point for all mail to and from Hamilton via Caramut, Penshurst and Tarrington. The local hotel was once a regular stop over for miners on their way to the goldfields. Many original buildings remain today and are in remarkable condition. The first polocross match in Australia was played on the Hexham racecourse.
Killarney is a peaceful rural hamlet located on the Princes Highway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool. Rich green countryside led the Irish to settle here as they escaped the Great Potato Famine, with Australia’s Killarney not that long ago a primary potato growing area for the region. Its productive pastures are now home to a variety of delightful B&Bs and holiday homes.
- Take a dip at Killarney beach
- Drop in a line at the many nearby fishing spots
- Enjoy a game, barbecue and the playground at the Killarney Recreation Reserve
- Visit the antique and collectables shops
- Spot a koala or kangaroo at Victoria’s first State Game Reserve, Tower Hill
- Breathe the fresh country air as you take a stroll around the peaceful laneways
- Take a leisurely drive to one of the nearby towns, such as Port Fairy or Koroit
Woolsthorpe is one of the delightful small villages that are scattered throughout Moyne Shire. Located around 265 km west of Melbourne via the Hamilton Hwy and 25 km north of Port Fairy. their language was called "Kii wuurong". When originally settled in the mid 1840s the town was known as Spring Creek and the creek was the source of fresh water for the early inhabitants. The land in and around Woolsthorpe is particularly fertile and following settlement much of the land was cleared for grazing. Native animals, plants and birds which once flourished in the area were gradually displaced and sheep and cattle now graze on the fertile pastures along the banks of the creek. The Woolsthorpe area remains one of the most productive in the Shire. Read more...
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ADDRESS: Off the Princes Highway, Killarney
PHONE: 0428 314 823
Killarney Beach Camping Reserve is based at the beach with 20 powered and 50 unpowered sites. A short stroll across the dunes takes you to Killarney beach and the park includes a children's playground, sporting oval, barbeque and shelter. Pets are welcome. Contact Manager Jamie O'Brien for any further information.
ADDRESS: Survey Lane, Killarney 3283
PHONE: (03) 5568 7318
Reward yourself with a stay at peaceful and tranquil Calgary House in Killarney. In a delightful rural setting around 5 minutes drive to Port fairy this newly refurbished property is a real retreat where attention to detail has not been overlooked. Sleeping up to 6, a continental breakfast can be arranged by prior arrangement.
Facilities: 3 queen bedrooms, TV, bbq, laundry, full kitchen, pleasant garden surrounds, gas fire & electric heating.
ADDRESS: 85 Dawson Street, Hawkesdale 3287
PHONE: +61 3 5560 7283
HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm. They welcome appointments for other times.
This is a new gallery for Hawkesdale although the business which has being going for over 24 years was previously in Warrnambool at the historic bluestone Customs House in Gillies Street, you may remember it.
On display you will see woodblock engravings, etchings, lithographs, linocut prints and ceramics although Des and Helen still continue to specialise in original art and prints as well as works by Australian Children’s Book Illustrators.
ADDRESS: 230 Warrne Road, Wangoom, Victoria 3279
PHONE: 0403 451 770 or 0412 214 801
Almora Rest is a self-contained farmhouse bed and breakfast only 10 minutes drive to Warrnambool and 15 minutes drive to the beach. The property is has a nice family kitchen, 1 bathroom and 2 bedrooms, one a queen size and the other with twin beds. This is a pet friendly property with a carport for guest use.
Continental breakfast is included in price but cooked breakfast provisions are available if desired.
Nursery furniture is also available upon request.
ADDRESS: 2213 Timboon Road, Nullawarre, Victoria 3268
PHONE: 0411 565 744
The "Frog and the Lillypad" is a family cottage with all facilities. They are happy to share their house and offer you the best of it.
You will be able to use the kitchen with all the equipment provided ( dishwasher, pots and pans, cutlery, fridge, oven, microwave). For the late arrivals, they can arrange grocery supplies on request ( fees will be applied).
The bathroom with 24 hrs hot water and toilets are cleaned twice a day for your comfort.
A washing machine and a dryer are available on request (fees will be applied).
For small budgets, you have the possibility to set up your tent in the garden and still be able to use our facilities. ($20/per person)
ADDRESS: 3223 Caramut Road, Woolsthorpe 3276
PHONE: + 61 3 5569 2395
Historic Quamby Homestead (built in 1888), a four star, AAA-rated Bed and Breakfast, is located just a short drive from Port Fairy and the Great Ocean Road. It offers the opportunity to soak up some history whilst enjoying the serenity of a 3-acre botanical garden setting. Overlooking tranquil farm land, Quamby's superb gardens (William Guilfoyle designed) are a main feature of the property. Guests can simply relax in the garden, or wander the 70 acre Homestead property - home to cattle and poultry, kangaroos and possums, perfect for children.
Scattered throughout the garden, the accommodation includes luxury Queen and Twin Mews Rooms and the original School and Carriage Houses. The Carriage House has two bedrooms (with king and single beds), bathroom, large living area, kitchen and delightful private terrace garden.
The School House (queen-size), where the Lindsay children were once educated, has superb views over the dam and farmland. The five Mews Rooms have queen-size beds (one twin) and en-suites and are surrounded by attractive gardens. Breakfast is served in the homestead dining room by a wood fire in winter, or on a shady verandah in the summer months.
Quamby is an ideal accommodation break in your travels, as it is situated between the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, en-route Melbourne to Adelaide and just 25mins from Port Fairy.
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If coming from Melbourne by train/V-line coach you get the train or coach (depending on day) from Southern Cross to Warrnambool then the v-line coach through to Port Fairy. For more information on the V-line service phone 1800 800 007 or book on-line via their website at www.vline.com.au
If you need further information please contact the Port Fairy & Region Visitor Information Centre on (03) 5568 2682 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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