Trip Start Aug 08, 2003
20Trip End Aug 23, 2003
We spent several hours this morning in just driving around the streets of Warnnambool, photographing the buildings from the 1880's. I used the "Walkabout" guide: http://walkabout.com.au/locations/VICWarrnambool.shtml
Now I need to go on the record as claiming that it was only in the week before we headed down the Great Ocean Road that I became aware of the fact that Great Right Whales calve on this stretch of coast near Warrnambool. In August to October, they are fairly common, and can be seen from a lookout on the other side of the river from the main town of Warrnambool. For some reason, Ches now maintains that it was the main purpose of the trip, and I failed. I didn't produce any whales. Given the size of the seas, the driving rain and wind, I don't blame the whales for remaining well under water
We also stopped briefly at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, but didn't enter. This is a recreated 1880's port, set on a lake with two restored boats, and a number of streets lined with typical building from the period. They have even rebuilt lighthouses and buildings moved here from their original locations, and many of the buildings are staffed by tradesmen demonstration their crafts. We figured that it would be at least a four hour visit to do it any justice, and with Port Fairy just 30 km down the coast, we would go and see the real thing (there are at least 50 historic buildings in this little town).