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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

They're Going Put Me In The Movies
Warrnambool May 2014
The main street of Warrnambool became a film set as the filming for the movie Oddball commenced this week
The movie Oddball, tells the story of local chook farmer Allan ‘Swampy’ Marsh who used Maremma dogs to keep his chooks safe from foxes, and then convinced local authorities that they could be used to help save the local penguin colony
Popular actor Shane Jacobson will star as Swampy Marsh in the feature film and together with Frank Woodley (Kath & Kimderella) and America’s Alan Tudyk (I, Robot),  Deborah Mailman of The Sapphires, rising Australian stars Sarah Snook (Not Suitable For Children) and Richard Davies (Offspring), plus youngster Coco Jack Gillies  and Meeko (the maremma dog) as “Oddball”.
The films director Clayton Jacobson and film’s producer, Stephen Kearney are predicting the movie will be just as popular as the recently produced “Red Dog”
Other film locations to be used will be at Flagstaff Hill and also at Middle Island ( close to the Warrnambool Breakwater
The movie is due for release during 2015

Whales very close now
1st June 2014
First Sighting
In America its called an Indian Summer and locally it is being described as a "Mild Wave" but whatever you call it, the last three weeks of fine and sunny weather is very easy to take, especially with Winter officially underway.
The good weather has attracted large numbers of surfers to Logans beach and also quite a few local whale watchers are visiting the whale lookout in the hope of catching sight of the first whales.
The first official sighting at Logans beach occurred last Wednesday with one Southern Rights whale seen for a short time in the bay and follows a number of sightings from Port Fairy and Portland a few days earlier.
So far there has only been intermittent sightings from various locations along the coast and it will probably be a few weeks before there are any regular sightings. In previous years it is usually mid to late June before there are any whales permanently in the bay at Logans beach


Photo above- Surfers making the most of conditions at Logan's beach over the weekend

Warrnambool Walks

1st June
The first step in a plan to publicise, promote the many walking, cycling and hiking across the south-west is being undertaken by the state’s tourism body.
In characteristic government fashion, there has been a team of consultants hired and after they spend tens, and probably hundreds of thousands of dollar there will be a report published, and then there will be another committee set up to investigate their report, however there already a number of excellent walking and hiking facilities around the South West and the following information is just a sample of what is available right now

Warrnambool already has some excellent facilities for walkers and hikers - they’re called footpaths, but there are also a number of walking tracks around the city, and the best known of these is the walking track around Lady Bay. The track has been labeled by local officials as The Beachside Promenade, however to be more accurate it is a walking track which runs from the Warrnambool breakwater to Hopkins point, a distance of about 4 kilometres, the track meets up with a footpath that extents all the way the the whale lookout at Logan's beach, a total distance of about 6 kilometres.
This track skirts the edge of Lady Bay and takes in some captivating sea view

Photo above- Warrnambool's seaside walking track

Warrnambool Rail Trail
1st June
The Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail, was opened about 2 years ago and largely follows the old railway line from Warrnambool to Port Fairy. The trail is about 37 kilometres in total distance and goes from Warrnambool to Koroit (17 kms) and then on to Port Fairy (20Kms), it takes in a variety of outlooks including rugged coastline around Thunder Point, swamp and marshland through Kelly’s swamp, the rural farmland around Koroit and Port Fairy, plus the track skirts past the game reserve at Tower Hill. The trail quite popular with local walkers and bike riders, however the trail is well suited for an easy two day hike with the Warrnambool to Koroit section and the Koroit to Port Fairy walk being broken into two days, giving plenty of opportunity to explore each township plus the trip back to Warrnambool is quite simply a 30 minute bus trip costing about $4 per person.

Photo above- The Warrnambool section of the Rail Trail between the Breakwater and Thunder Point

Grampian Treks
1st June 2014
The Grampians has a large network of walking and hiking trails which range from simple walking tracks of just a few kilometres in distance, through to trails extending up to 80 kilometres, in fact the Grampians is possibly the states most popular walking destination with over 50 designated walking tracks covering all levels and abilities.
The Grampians National Park and its walking tracks are maintained by Parks Victoria, and they do an excellent job of maintaining the walking tracks and the general safety of those who use them, and it is generally considered that the walking facilities in the Grampians are among the best in the state for those who enjoy walking in the bush

Photo above-one of the many walking tracks in the Grampians

Davinci Comes To Mt Gambier

28th May
The Riddoch Gallery has scored something of a coup with its latest exhibition of faithfully created models from the manuscripts (codex) and drawings of Leonardo DaVinci. These working models have been painstaking reproduced by by the acclaimed The Artisans of Florence in collaboration with The Niccolai Group. Not only are they works of art in themselve but they give a fascinating insight into one of the great geniuses of the world.
The models are fully interactive and the working machines are brought to life as Leonardo intended.
The exhibition consists of over 75 models exploring his studies in nature, anatomy, mechanics, flight and robotics.
The Exhibition demonstrates how Leonardo’s work is more relevant in today’s scientific world than 500 years ago when he first conceived his amazing ideas.

The exhibition will run until 22nd of June

Photo above- some of the models on display at the exhibition




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 few weeks and at present, there has been sightings of Southern Right whales from Portland and 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


Portland Joins Great Ocean Road

2nd June
Local tourism bodies are now reconsidering the status of towns ( and cities) along the coastal route from Melbourne to Adelaide and although the official “Great Ocean Road only runs between Torquay and Apollo Bay, there is a growing realisation by many local tourism bodies that just promoting one small section of the coastal road at the expense other tourist destinations is counter productive.
The inclusion of Portland into the Great Ocean Road marketing will add a number of unique tourist attractions, including the annual visit of Blue Whales to the Portland coastline between November and April each year
The added promotion will hopefully boost tourism to nearby Portland district bays, Glenelg River and coastline to the South Australian border.
It will also tap into the existing popular tourist route between Melbourne and Adelaide which already attracts visitors to the wine regions of Penola and Coonawarra, plus the coastal resorts of Robe and Beachport.

Photo above- Bentink St Portland








In This Issue
DaVinci in Mt Gambier
The Riddoch gallery in Mt Gambier is currently exhibiting a collection of models created from the drawings of Leonardo DaVinci More.......
Whales On Their Way
Each year thousands of visitors come to Warrnambool to see a number of Southern Right whale mothers and calves who occupy a small bay close to the city
- More....
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.....
Whale Updates
For the latest information on whales sightings along the South West coast and general information on where to see whales.. More.....


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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


Sarah's Studio - $150 per night (4 guests)
Cheaper than motel prices (= $75 per double)
Limited vacancies so please book early

A modern split level 3 bedroom townhouse located close the beach and Lake Pertobe adventure playground, and within walking distance of the city.
Winter special from 12 June to 31st August
For more information please visit their web site
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351 Timor St -
Phone bookings only 0417 786 481

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Two showers, two toilets. Private courtyard with BBQ. Separate lounge and dining room. Towels and Linen supplied. Off street parking

Myrtleford Alpine Accommodation

Blue Haze - 3 Bedroom Luxury Accommodation
Blue Haze is located in the small township of "Ovens" in the middle of Victoria's "High Country" and just 4km from Myrtleford.
It sits at the junction of the Mount Beauty road to “Falls Creek” and the Great Alpine Road to “Mount Hotham” Alpine resorts, and ideally located to access both of these popular resort areas .
Blue Haze offers self-contained accommodation for up to 10 guests with large kitchen and two open plan entertaining areas plus its own pool and heated spa.

Rail Trail - Blue Haze is adjacent to the popular Bright to Beechworth, rail trail and during spring and autumn, walking or cycling excursions along the trail are a great getaway option.

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Grampians Getaway
Pinnacle Holiday Lodge

3 Night Midweek Special - $285

Package includes 3 nights accommodation at Pinnacle Holiday Lodge in the heart of the Grampians for 2 adults in a self contained unit with kitchenette (queen bed), Bottle of Seppelt wine on arrival, $20 breakfast voucher for Livefast Cafe, Free Wi-Fi (limits apply)
Free DVD player & 2 DVDs, indoor heated pool
full-size tennis court. This package is available from 17th April to 27th June and 21st July to 29th August 2013 subject to availability (Sunday to Thursday inclusive).

Phone 1800 819 283
to book this 3 Night Package


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...