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South West Victoria On Line
A visitors guide to South West of Victoria and the Southeast of South Australia, featuring independent and impartial travel advice for the towns and cities of the region including Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Robe, Halls Gap, Lorne, Torquay, Robe and Mt Gambier

April Affairs
Events for April 2014
Autumn in South West Victoria is festival season, with warm sunny days, crisp autumn evening and the last chance to celebrate before the onset of winter.
With Easter occurring late in April this year and Anzac day falling on a Fridays (creating another long weekend), April will be far busier than usual.
This years events in the South West include the Koroit Irish Festival, Premier Speedway Easter Spectacular, the Stawell Easter Gift, Warrnambool May Racing carnival ( which this year commences on the 29th of April and the Grampians Grape Escape - which is usually held in April but this years event will be held on the 3rd of May and close enough for it to be listed in April events

Photo above - from Flagstaff Hill. looking across Lady Bay from the gun emplacements. This photo was taken at last years "Day on the Hill" and this group of visitors are talking to one of the historic re-enactment group prior to the firing of the cannon

More photos from Flagstaff Hill - looking accross the village green to the Steam Packet Inn


A Touch of Ireland
25th - 27th April 2014
The Koroit Irish Festival is a vibrant and exciting celebration of a small town's Irish heritage. Beginning in 1997, the festival was the brainchild of a local group of people who knew Koroit's rich Irish heritage and close knit community should be celebrated and shared with a broader audience.
The initial concept has grown into a major inclusion on the south-west's event calendar, with thousands of people travelling from far and wide to experience quality entertainment in a traditional setting. Koroit's rolling green landscape and rich volcanic soil made it a popular choice for Irish immigrants fleeing the Great Potato Famine in their home country and it is these strong Irish roots that have resulted in the entertaining Koroit Irish Festival we see today.

Photo above - one of the many entertainment stages around Koroit

An Easter Gift
18th - 21st April
The 133rd running of the Australia Post Stawell Gift will be staged from April 18 – April 21, 2014, over the Easter long weekend. Open to both male and female athletes, event distances range from 70m to 3200m. More than $120,000 in prize money is up for grabs, with the winner of the 120m Australia Post Stawell Gift receiving a $40,000 winner’s cheque. It is a true carnival atmosphere with plenty of action off the track too, including a betting ring, fashions on the field and children’s entertainment. -

Photo above- from last years Stawell Gift

A Day On the Hill
20th April
Flagstaff Hill's Day on the Hill - Easter Sunday has become a major event for the Flagstaff Hill historic maritime village. This years “Day on the Hill” will feature live music, delicious food, great children's activities, cannon firings, competitions and more.
Hosted in the expansive grounds of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village there will be plenty of activities and a vast array of places to explore around the village. There will be a variety of food stalls around the village during the day, with a free Hot Cross Bun give away at 10:30 in the morning. Other entertainment and activities throughout the day will include historic military re-enactments, cannon firing at 12:00noon, 2pm and 4pm, and Tug-of-War events which will be held after each cannon firing. Musical entertainment during the day will come from local artists, Bec and the Big River Trio, Skyrackets, and Exciters. Children's entertainment will include face painting, free animal farm, and free rides

Photo above- the port area at Flagstaff Hill

On The Trail For Easter
20th April
The Premier Speedway Easter Trail is the culmination of a three night speedway spectacular spread over three cities and finishing on Easter Sunday at Premier Speedway. The three-night series which opens on Good Friday at Avalon Speedway, then travels to Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway and climaxing at Premier Speedway on Easter Sunday.
The Easter Trail event is also Grande Finale of the speedway racing season in the South West and attracts large crowds wishing to get their last fix of speedway, it has also become something of a family event with a large fireworks display at the end of the evenings racing.

Photo above- Sprintcars at Premier Speedway

Anzac Centenery
25th April
Anzac Day this year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 99th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli and this years services accros the Western district are expected to attract record numbers as community interest in Anzac Day increases.
In recent years, Anzac Day has become the countries most significant day of national celebration and possibly outstripping the importance of Australia Day.
Major services this year will be held in Warrnambool, Ballarat, Hamilton, Portland, Mt Gambier with numerous other smaller ceremonies being held in towns and villages across the South West

Photo above- attendance at last years Anzac day service was at near record numbers with this years service predicted to be even larger



Getaways Whales Fish and Chips

if your 'e looking for a secluded rural getaway close to the Otway's rain forest then our latest property listing might be just what your 'e looking for.
To find out more about Kookaburra's Rest click the photo below kookaburras rest

Warrnambool's whale season is just a month or two away and at present, Southern Right whales are beginning their migration northwards and should be off our coast within the next 8 week.
Last year saw near record numbers of whales at Logan's beach and everyone is hoping that this year will be just as spectacular



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


The Melbourne Cup Of The Bush

29th April - 1st May
The Warrnambool Grand Annual Racing Carnival is one of the main events in Warrnambool's sporting and social calendar, with most of the cities accommodation being booked out months in advance. The carnival extends over three days and attracts over 30,000 people to the final day of the races. Like the Melbourne Cup, it is more than just a horse race, it is one of the highlights on Warrnambool’s social calendar with food, fashion and parties in the car park playing just as important a role as the horse racing.

Photo above- the mounting yard at the Warnambool Racecourse


The Grape Escape

3rd-4th May
The Grampians is dotted with many small (boutique) wine and food producers and the recently established “Grampians Grape Escape” brings together many of these for a two day banquet of fine food and wine. To add to the festivities there are cooking demonstrations, talks from local wine makers, plus a number of entertainers providing music during the festival. Along with local wineries there will be a number of products unique to the region on display at the Grape Escape, including honey, olives and olive oil, fruit and berries, yabbies, gourmet sausages, venison, teas, preserves and herbs.

Photo above- the main street of Hall Gap during last years Grape Escape







In This Issue
Koroit Irish Festival
The historic village of Koroit each year dresses up in green to celebrate its Irish heritage More.......
Stawell Easter Gift
Australia's best know and richest footrace has been run in Stawell for over 130 years. Will this years event live up to expectations?
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The Grape Escape
This year, organisers of the Grampians wine and food festival are pinning their hopes on a panel of local talent to entice visitors to the Grampians Grape Escape - will it work? More.....
The Melbourne Cup of the bush
At this years Warrnambool May Races the link between Warrnambool and Banjo Patterson's composition of Waltzing Matilda will again be highlighted. What is the real story? More.....
Speedway Action
The final meeting of the season and the last chance for local speedway fans to see exciting wheel to wheel racing at close quaters.. More.....


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Grampians Grape Escape
3rd - 4th May - 2014
The Grampians Grape Escape highlights Western Victoria’s finest food and wine artisans.
This year special guest will be
inspirational TV celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow.
Cooking demonstrations, wine and food tasting plus live music and family fun
in the heart of the Grampians National Park.

Stawell Easter Gift

18th to 21st April 2014
The Stawell Gift - Australia’s richest footrace and one of the worlds most prestigious events.
This year, world and olympic champion Asafa Powell will be compeing in the 132nd running of the gift.
The Stawell Gift is run on a grass track over 120m with a slight uphill gradient, and the final is held on Easter Monday.


Great Ocean Road
International Marathon Festival

17th - 18th May 2014
The Great Ocean Road Marathon & Festival of Distance running is held in a beautiful and unique area of Victoria, Australia on the Southern Ocean.
The event continues to attracted many athletes from around the world, all eager to participate in this challenging and pristine environment. Events include a full distance marathon, half marathon, 14km rum and 14km wheelchair event as well as a children's 1.5 km race

Fun4Kids Festival
29th June - 6th July 2014

Warrnambool's favourite kids festival is back for its 16th year of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. The organisers of this years festival have booked a fabulous entertainment line up so please visit our Fun4Kids web page for more information on the festival and great accommodation deals


The History Page This week on our history page we feature the Warrnambool Post Office which dates back to 1857. Recent decisions by Australia Post to relocate have caused some local controversy - this week we look the Post Office and some of the other historical buildings in Timor St More...