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Tower Hill Reserve
Located on the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.
Discover ancient volcanic land formations, wildlife, aboriginal culture. Guided walks with Worn Gundidjiís experienced team. Contact Information Centre for further details.
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Battery Hill and the Powder Magazine
The hill first served as the Garbour Masterís signal point for shipping. Local militia units established the gun batteries and built the concrete fortifications that were completed in 1857. The collection of such weapons is exceptional. The bluestone powder magazine was built in 1860 to store explosives used in construction of the river wall.
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Horse Riding - Rundells Mahogony Trail Rides
Millers Lane off Princes Highway IIowa VIC
near Warrnambool
Open: 7 days except Christmas
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The Lifeboat Station
Griffiths Street (near Battery Lane). The lifeboat was built in Williamstown in 1857 and is the oldest surving self-right lifeboat in the world. The Lifeboat Station contains a collection of 19th century maritime rescue equipment. Guided tours are available if booked through Information Centre.
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Motts Cottage
3 Sackville Street Port Fairy VIC
National Trust Building dating back to the 1840ís. Open 2-4pm Wednesday and Saturday
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Short Drives - Koroit (15 minutes North West)
Historic township midway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool on the northern slopes of Tower Hill. Speciality shops, historic buildings, eateries
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Historic Lighthouse
Historic Lighthouse
Situated on Griffiths Island and constructed from local bluestone by Scottish stonemasons in 1859. The keepers cottages were demolished in the 1950ís but the lighthouse still operates on wind and solar power. The light is visible 19 kilometres out to sea.
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Short Drives - Yambuk (15 minutes 17 kilometres West)
Small settlement on the Shaw River. Yambuk Lake and wetlands are formed by the natural damming of the Eumeralla and Shaw Rivers behind the massive sand dunes in the area. Good fishing, boating and walking. Haven for bird, animal and plant life. Historic Hotel dating back to the 1850ís.
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Griffiths Island
Griffiths Island
Home to swamp wallabies and a large colony of short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds). The birds arrive in September after an amazing 15,000 klm flight from the Aleutian Islands near Alaska. After nesting and raising their young they set off again in April leaving the chicks behind. Eventually hunger forces the chicks to find the migratory route on their own.
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Lady Julia Percy Island
Fascinating island to the west of Port Fairy. Australiaís only submarine volcano, the lava flows have created an unusual flat top and almost vertical cliffs surround the island. Home to the largest fur seal colony in the southern hemisphere - you are able to book a boat trip from the wharf (subject to weather).
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