South West Victoria On Line A
travelogue of South West Victoria - independent and impartial travel
advice for the Southwest of Victoria and the Southeast of South
featuring the towns of Warrnambool,
Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Robe, Halls Gap, Lorne, Torquay,
Robe and Mt Gambier
Fun At The Folkie 9th March 2014
The 38th Port Fairy Folk Festival is underway this weekend with over 11,000 tickets sold for this years event. The three day festival is held within a fenced off area at Port Fairy’s Southcombe park and admission is restricted to ticket holders only. Over the years the festival has spawned a secondary event around the streets of Port Fairy and attracts large numbers of day visitors along with the inevitable craft markets and food vans selling everything from Kangaroo Burgers to Asian stir fries. Originally the festival was predominately centred around Irish ( celtic) music however over the years the music base has broadened and this year, Aussie rock legend, Normie Rowe makes his debut performance at the Folkie.
The photo above shows Port Fairy’s main street which is the the centre of the action over the three days of the festival with buskers, food stalls and all variety of art and craft sellers.
The old Railway station site is the main venue for entertainment during the festival with three or four acts each days providing free entertainment for the day visitors to the town
Anyone For Tennis 9th March 2014
The Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club Open has been running for over 60 years and continues to attract highly ranked players from across the state . The tournament has been held on ther Labour Day weekend since the late 1940’s and has attracted many of the tennis legends over the years and currently Wimbledon Doubles champion Paul McNamee is still a regular competitor at Warrnambool.
The Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club facilities are some of the best in country Australia and with 34 lawn courts ( the largest number of lawn courts in Australia) and set in a superb seaside location, has ensured the popularity of the tournament.
Photo above - competition in full swing during the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis open competition
Seaside Volleyball 9th March 2014 Warrnambool Volleyball Association’s Annual Seaside Tournament has received a record number of entries for this year annual volleyball tournament, forcing organisers to expand the number of venues available.
This years event will cover nine competition levels with 74 teams from across Victoria and South Australia
The Volleyball tournament attract over one thousand competitors and families to Warrnambool during the Labour Day weekend
Photo above- Volleyball teams at Warrnambool Volleyball Stadium
Warrnambool Surf Carnival This weekend Warrnambool Surf Life Saving are hosting the two-day Victorian Junior Life Saving Championships
Oover 1200 athletes from 34 Victorian clubs will contest the annual championships in a variety of events including boards, surf races, beach sprint and beach flags.
Warrnambool’s representation is expected to be strong with board teams predicted to be very competitive.
The championships cater for under eights up to under 14s and was last held in Warrnambool 2007
Photo above- Ideal weather at Warrnambool's main beach with a very pleasant 29 degrees
Robe Robe is often ( and appropriately) described as a historic seaside holiday village with a wonderful holiday feel to it, but its one drawback is is is just a bit far away from the major population centres. In recent times when the economy was a little more upbeat then everything in Robe was fine but recently Robe ( like everyone else) is feeling the pinch. Robe's history dates back to the establishment of South Australia itself, and with over 80 buildings listed on the state historic buildings register ( all carefully preserved) the town is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating places to explore.
Robe's beaches are excellent and offer a variety of swimming and surfing conditions plus at present accommodation prices in Robe are quite competitive For more information on Robe click here
Photo above- Robe town beach which is located direct across the road from the Post Office and one of the more popular family beaches in the town
Grampians For those who don't care for seaside holidays, there are a number of holiday and accommodation options within the Grampians National Park. The wine regions around Moyston on the Eastern side of the Grampians are quite popular , along with historic gold mining towns of Ararat and Stawell. The good seasonal rains in the last 12 months have managed to resupply Lake Bellfield and after almost a decade, boating has now returned to the lake. The traditional accommodation centres of Halls Gap and Dunkeld are favoured destinations of those who enjoy the Aussie bush in the middle in summer.
Despite its inland location and summer temperatures, the Grampians is actually quite a popular summer holiday destination, so don't expect any bargains as there is still enough visitor numbers to keep prices to levels similar to some of the coastal resorts, in addition the practice of demanding two and three night minimum stays over the holiday periods is widespread so a bit of pre planning is worthwhile if you intend to visit the Grampians. All this notwithstanding, the Grampians is still a very pleasant place to visit and has a similar appeal to places like the Lakes District in England where hiking and bush walking are the most popular pursuits. The Grampians is also filled with most of Australia's native flora and fauna and popular with overseas visitors looking to see Australia's wild life in one location. Not to mention the Grampians is one of better wine growing regions and so attracts many wine and food buffs..For more information on the Gramopians click here
Photo above- main street Halls Gap - to the left is the car park and on the right, is the Supermarket, Post Office and set back rom the road are the "Stoney Creek" group of souvenir and take away food shops
Fish and Chips
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Warrnambool's whale season is in full swing with three mothers and calves in the bay at Logan's beach ( about 5 kms from the centre of the city) With better weather on its way this is the ideal time to visit Warrnambool and see Southern Right whales in their natural environment.
The South West coast is also famous for the quality of its fish and chips and there are dozens of restaurants and take away's that serve good fish and chips. We've listed six of our favourites fish and chip shops - Click the photo to see our choices
Port Campbell This small village has a resident population of about 450, but attracts a huge number of visitors, due in no small part to its proximity to the coastal scenery at the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. The town has one pub and a couple of restaurants and several takeaway food vendors who cater to the passing parade of tourists and quite a few accommodation options ranging from backpackers through to motels and self contained apartments. The township is situated at the edge of a small square bay with most of the townships businesses located along a 200 metre section of the main street. The accommodation properties are spread arcoss the whole township with some having views across the bay ( these are generally the most expensive ) and the rest basically priced accoring to the view and quality of accomodation. The main tourist attraction - 12 Apostles and Loch Ard etc. are located about 7 − 12 kilometres away, so it is worth keeping in mind, that despite the fact that every accommodation property has pictures of the 12 Apostles in their advertising brochures, you won’t see them from your room.
Port Campbell is quite small so just about everything is within walking distance and the beach at Port Campbell is quite sheltered and offers a safe swimming location
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Photo above- The small bay at Port Campbell taken during November - In the next few weeks the beach will be quite crowded as the number of visitors to Port Campbell increases.
In This Issue Port Fairy Folk Festival The historic fishing village of Port Fairy is a favourite spot for many visitors looking to escape the hurly burly of the big cities More....... Warrnambool
The largest town in the South West but is it too big?. and has it lost its personal touch? - we look at these questions and - More.... Hopkins river in full flow Following recent winter rains, Hopkins Falls are at their most spectacular in the last 15 years. Recent upgrades to the car parking and tracks around the falls make this local attraction even more tourist friendly More..... Apollo Bay Bustling and busy and full of Melbourne visitors wanting to escape the rush of the city - can you have a quiet holiday in Apollo Bay? More..... Summer Holidays December to March is the busy holiday season along the South West Coast with many seaside towns increasing the population by as much as 600%.
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