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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Warrnambool Solstice Swim

Saturday 24th June
This Saturday morning several hundred hardy swimmers will take to the surf to celebrate the winter solstice, and although the temperature will probably be around ten degrees the water temperature will be about five degrees warmer which will be a bit of a change as during summer the opposite applies. Although a few days after the official winter solstice, the event has traditionally run on the closest weekend to allow as many people as possible to participate. The event is run by the Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving Club and will commence in front of the Surf Club building around 9am on Saturday morning More..

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..

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..

Warrnambool Whale Watching

Season off to a flying start
This years whale watch season promises to be one of the best on record , not only are there two whales and their calves in the bay in Warrnambool, but they are being sighted on a daily basis. Normally at this time of year everyone is hoping to sight the first whale before the winter school break, but this year we will have two mothers and calves at Logan’s and they will have been in the bay for nearly a month. 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 Cobden Miniature rail runs on the third Sunday of each month and every Sunday during school holidays. The upcoming operating dates are the 2nd - 9th - 16th of July

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.

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..