South West Victoria On Line A
visitors guide to South West of Victoria and the Southeast of South
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
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
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