Port Fairy Winter Weekends

9th June - 23rd July 2017) Port Fairy’s winter festivals have been running for the last decade or so and over this period have gone through a series of small changes, this year winter festivals entitled Winter Weekends will run every second weekend commencing on the Queens birthday weekend on the 9th of June and conclude on the weekend of the 23rd of July
Weekend activities will include several signature events from previous years plus some new attractions which organisers hope will add to the festival. The ever popular Dachshund Dash will be one of the highlights of the opening weekend plus arts and crafts markets, gallery displays, a festival of short plays in the theatre plus Port Fairy’s version of the Antiques Roadshow . more..

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Fun 4 Kids

Fun 4 Kids Festival (5th - 9th July) returns this year with another high profile lineup including Frank Woodley, Jimmy Giggle, the Paw Patrol stage show, “Dreamworks” Trolls live show, plus another 20 live acts which will appear across the 5 days of the Fun4Kids festival. Along with the live performances, there will be all of the festival favourites include arts and craft, face painting, kids kitchen, Pirates Cove obstacle course and the perennial favourite, the childrens petting zoo. more..

Warrnambool Whale Watching

Best Season in 10 years
This years whale watching season has been one of the best seasons for the past decade, with consistent sightings (nearly ever day ) since the first week in June. At present the whales are becoming more active with more breaching and animated behaviour as the calves gain strength prior to the departure in the next few weeks, however sighting will taper off as mothers and calves start to make excursions out to sea, so probably now is an ideal time to visit Warrnambool ( if you want to see whales). More..

Cobden Miniature Railway Park

The Cobden Miniature Railway Park is a great family day out. Built and operated by the local Rotary and model engineers clubs, the park has a over a dozen model trains running on both 7 inch and 5 inch tracks as well as a 18 hole mini golf course plus a family barbecue area.
Neat, clean, well run plus extremely well priced and in fact you can spend an entire afternoon with the family for not much more that $20. The park is open on the third Sunday of each month plus every Sunday during School holidays. The upcoming operating dates are the 2nd - 9th - 16th of July more..

Wooly West Fest

31st July to 13th August
Founded by two local ladies, Jacinta Wareham and Naomi Turner in 2014, the Wooly West Fest celebrates all things woolen and was created with the aim to provide a fun event for the local community. The festival draws on the region’s most famous natural resource – wool – and showcases its creative potential with a broad range of community art projects. The Wool West Fest is spread over ten local towns from across the Shire of Southern Grampians and includes numerous arts and crafts events, gallery displays, exhibitions and installations More..

Hamilton Sheepvention

Hamilton 7th-8th August 2017
Sheepvention is Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society's biggest farming event with over 25, 000 visitors attending last year's show in regional Victoria. With a mix of competitions, entertainment, food and fashion, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Sheepvention will be held on 7 and 8 August at the Hamilton Showgrounds Sheepvention's competitions and events include the Ram Sale, Sheep Show, Victorian Farm Dogs Competition, Inventions Competition, and Wool Fashion Parade.

Surfcoast Trail Marathon

Torquay, June 24th
The Surf Coast Trail Marathon as its name suggests is run on a walking trail and the course follows the Surf Coast Walk, starting in Torquay and finishing in Fairhaven. Participants can enter a marathon or half marathon distance as individuals or relay teams.
Starting Fishermans beach in Torquay, the route takes in Bells beach, Point Addis and Anglesea and on to Split Point lighthouse at Airyes Inlet.

Is Trivago Really the Cheapest?

We see numerous ads on TV from companies such as Trivago all claiming they can get you the cheapest accommodation deals. They claim to search hundreds of web sites and thousands of accommodation providers to hunt down the best prices.
This months feature on accommodation looks into these claims to see if in reality they do really offer the best prices . More..

Three Historic Fishing Villages

The term "Historic Fishing Village" is often overused in describing small seaside townships, especially along the Great Ocean Road where the majority are neither quaint nor historic and many have become predominantly tourist towns. There are however some who have retained their history and still have some salt in their veins.
This month we look at what makes them unique and why you should visit . more..

Best Motels under $100

Good quality budget accommodation is becoming somewhat difficult to find, especially along the Great Ocean Road, where prices for a double room are typically $150 plus per night, but there are still a number of properties who offer good quality accommodation for less than $100 per night.
This month we are featuring 10 motels which in our opinion offer guest the best value for less than $100 per night .

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Warrnambool Walks

The ideal way to see Warrnambool, a casual stroll through the history of not only the city, but Australia itself. See the hidden parts of Warrnambool as we peer down alleyways and look over fences to unveil the origins of Warrnambool and what made this city tick.
A two hour walk takes place each Saturday at 1:00pm in starts from the Carpark in front of KFC (on Raglan Parade). more..