By car and ferry from Melbourne to Warrnambool along the south coast of Victoria state.
Warrnambool is a regional city with a population of about 31,000 people.
It is at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, 265 kilometres and 3 hours from Melbourne.
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Beach Bums Long swathes of white sandy beaches form much of the Victorian coast, attracting recreationist from all over the Australian continent, not to mention the world.
Holiday Homes Not unlike the US, many Australian families will rent cottages or larger houses like these for a few weeks in the summer, making for a relaxing vacation (or ‘holiday’ in Australian English) with a stunning Pacific view.
Flowers in the Sand As you make your way around Australia, you’ll notice plants, animals, and insects unlike any you will have seen elsewhere. These flowers here, similar to daisies, grow from a plant with unusually thick leaves.
Hang Ten, Dude! Surfers from around the world flock to the Australian coast to take advantage of its warm waters and perfect waves. Often, they bring tents like these and pass any number of days ‘lost in the surf’.
Diversity An eclectic, open community is found all along the southern Victorian coast, adding personal touches in whatever way they can.
High Winds It’s not all fun and games; the Victorian coast is also known for strong winds, gales, and unexpected storms. But it’s for that very reason that the surfers love it!
Fish & Chips Since Australia formally became independent as a nation from the British Empire in 1941, there are still many cultural links that remain - like fish ‘n’ chip shops.
Living in (Australian) Style Luxurious homes, like this one, have been built in this area over the past fifty years.
Queenscliff Sorrento Car and Passenger Ferry - The Victoria State Government funds a great deal of transportation in and around the region.
Mornington Peninsula Life Sorrento is a small town at the end of Mornington Peninsula, which encloses Port Philip, the large bay with Melbourne at its head.
One Australia Surprisingly, state flags in Australia don’t differ too much from the standard Australian flag. But this may be a sign of the country’s strength as unified national identity.
Queenscliff Here is a superb example of the Victorian architecture all about the old tourist resort of Queenscliff, the small town that greets you as the ferry comes into Bellarine Peninsula on the opposite side of Port Phillip from Mornington Peninsula. This hotel, the Esplanade, was built in 1879.
A Nice Hotel More evidence of Queenscliff’s illustrious past - the Ozone (formerly the Baillieu) Hotel.
Easy Gardening The air along the Great Ocean Road is warm, but mild, perfect for flowers of all kinds to blossom all year long.
Stay for the Week! More evidence of Queenscliff’s illustrious past - the Royal Hotel.
Heartbreak Hotel It goes to show what a little ingenuity can do, no matter where you are in the world!
The Big Blue Pacific Warrnambool Harbour opens up onto the Pacific, making it a perfect place to relax on the beach or to be a little more daring, like a ski-doo ride.
At Attention! Yet another call back to Australia’s colonial past, these wooden British soldiers are also a fun way to liven-up a local Warnambool park.