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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill overlooks Lady Bay at Warrnambool Victoria. The grounds has two small lighthouses which still guide ships into the bay. The upper lighthouse is open for inspection and contains a small but beautiful Chance Bros. lens.

Flagstaff Hill is an interactive Maritime Village and Museum that takes visitors on a rich journey of discovery through an early Australian coastal fishing port.

Built around the State Heritage listed Lady Bay Lighthouse precinct, overlooking Lady Bay Warrnambool, Flagstaff Hill holds the richest collection of Shipwreck artefacts in Australia.

Scattered throughout the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village are a range of trades that supported the rich maritime heritage of the late 1800’s.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village provides visitors and researchers with a variety of different ways to source information relating to the history of Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road, and of course relating to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Villlage and the maritime history of the rugged Shipwreck Coast.

Comfort Inn Central Court Warrnambool offers a variety of accommodation options whether for a single individual or a large family. In the heart of the city, only 50 metres from the main cafe and shopping strip. Licensed restaurant onsite with quality service in a friendly country atmosphere. Heated swimming pool and garden area on first floor. The property is only a short drive to the historic Shipwreck Coast.

Museums South Coast NSW

Pilots Cottage Museum
Blowhole Point Kiama Ph: (02) 4232 1001
Visiting hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm Fri – Mon
The Kiama Harbour Lighthouse is also located at Blowhole Point.

Gerringong Museum
Situated in Blackwood Street, Gerringong.
The opening hours of the museum are Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm, with additional openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (same hours) during NSW school holidays.

Reference items are available for consultation, including Gerringong Pioneer Family Index and Gerringong Landholders Returns 1885.

A computer is now available in the Museum, providing access to a full database of Pioneer Family descendants, and also Birth, Death and Marriage records relating to the Gerringong area, and to areas such as the Richmond River which have a strong connection to Gerringong Pioneer Families.

Berry Museum
135 Queen Street Berry – Website
Memorabilia peculiar to the Berry and the Coolangatta District; it has comprehensive information on a number of pioneering families.

Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Farm
2029 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley
Ph: 02 4465 1306
Open 7 days. Phone: (02) 4465 1306
Website

The museum is managed by a voluntary Community Trust in conjunction with the Kangaroo Valley Historical Society. Preserving Kangaroo Valley history with buildings, machinery, memorabilia and photographic display.

Nowra Museum
Corner of Plunkett and Kinghorne Streets Nowra.
Administered by the Shoalhaven Historical Society, and their members are willing to assist community groups on matters of historical significance, and are always keen to gain additional information.

The Nowra Museum was built as the local police station in 1900, it had this purpose until the mid 1970’s, by which time it had well outgrown the station staff.

The museum is open from 1 until 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday, and during school holiday periods, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the same times.

Meroogal NowraMeroogal is a must whilst visiting Nowra. Built in 1885, this fascinating timber house was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn family.

Meroogal’s rich collection of personal objects provides an insight into the private lives and daily world of this family for nearly a century.
Cnr Worrigee & West Streets, Nowra 254
Ph: 02 4421 8150
Guided tour take place on the hour
Open Sat. 1-5pm and Sunday 10-5pm.
Booked groups by arrangement
www.hht.net.au

Lady Denman Heritage Complex Huskisson.
Woollamia Rd., Huskisson Ph: (02) 4441 5675 – Website

Maritime Museum with other cultural content. Local History, Aboriginal culture, a very fine Surveyor’s Gallery with instruments dating from the 15th century. Along with the Jervis Bay Museum of Science and the Sea.
Open daily at Huskisson from 10am – 4pm.

Tabourie Lake Museum
Princes Hway Lake Tabourie Ph: (02) 4429 8915

The museum’s exhibits include snakes, spiders, aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with a number of historical furnished rooms on display.

Along with Australiana rural life, Aboriginal culture and local history. The museum is visited by local schools to enhance their history and social science studies, tourists including bus tours. Open weekends and School holidays & public holidays, others by appointment

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya. Phone (02) 4474 3224
Opening Hours Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm and every day in the summer school holidays

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma
Admission is free

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
Lagoon St North Bega Ph: (02) 6491 7777
History of the Dairying Museum located in the grounds of Bega Cheese.
Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week. Free admission.

Tathra Maritime Museum
Old Cargo Shed Wharf Road Tathra Open 7 days. Ph: (02) 6494 4363
Tathra’s wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast of NSW, and has been restored by the National Trust.

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Imlay St Eden (opp Police Station) Ph: (02) 6496 2094 Website
Open daily (except Xmas Day) 9am – 3.45pm
Preserving Eden’s Whaling History with ‘Old Tom’ the killer whale skeleton on display.

Nature Coast NSW

Two Foot Tour CBD History Walk includes the Coal Bunker Wharf, Bridge, the Bridge Plaza, Bayview Hotel, Courthouse and Police residence and other heritage points in the Batemans Bay CBD.
Download the History walk of Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya
Opening Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday and first Thursday of each month. 10:00am – 2:00pm Saturday  10:00am – 1:00pm

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma Website
Admission is free.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

The historic Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse which is over 100 years old in  loacted in southern Western Australia. A climb to the top of the lighthouse offers panoramic 360 degree views across Geographe Bay, the Indian Ocean and Cape Naturaliste.

In season, watch migratory whales pass the Cape. The fascinating maritime museum provides stories and pictures of the past; and also offers refreshments and souvenirs. Other features include walk trails of Bunker Bay, whale watch platform, wildflowers (in season) and native birds.

Tours of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse are available every day of the year, except Christmas day, with tours operating from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Eden … a natural paradise

Welcome to Eden, a very special seaside holiday township set on the shores of magnificent Twofold Bay, surrounded by Ben Boyd National Park and beautiful, unspoilt beaches.

Eden enjoys a temperate climate perfect for that restful, nature made, year-round holiday. Forest drives and bushwalking are always a favourite, and fishing conditions are ideal.

The region’s history is steeped in the tradition of the sea, and whale watching in October and November is the chance of a lifetime to experience these gentle giants up close and personal.

Eden is renowned for its fantastic fishing with deep water inlets and bays, crystal clear rivers, golden stretches of shoreline, strategic rock locations and reef and off-shore fishing fields.

Visitors to Eden invariably find themselves drawn to Snug Cove where three wharves unite as a working port with trawlers regularly on the move bringing home the day’s catch for relay to the markets.

Watch out for pelicans, dolphins and seals. Enjoy a Twofold Bay Discovery Cruise or a fishing charter, bring the camera for some great snaps, enjoy a feast of fish and chips or just a friendly chat with the local fishermen. Several hundred metres past the wharf is the Rotary Lookout and the Seamen’s Memorial Wall. While the lookout affords panoramic views over Twofold Bay (and is also a great whale watching location), the Memorial Wall captures the true essence of the township.

A visit to the Eden Killer Whale Museum and the Davidson Whaling Station site also provide an insight into the rich history of the area.

Flanking Eden both to the North and South, Ben Boyd national Park contains 10,790 hectares of coastal land offering striking coastal scenery from sandy surf beaches, rocky bays and ocean platforms, to quiet campgrounds, sheltered inlets and historic lighthouses.

Named after Benjamin Boyd, a 19th Century entrepreneur who played an important part in the development of the area, the park provides a wealth of things to see and do. Swim, barbeque or picnic along the water’s edge at a variety of locations. Watch out for Eastern Grey Kangaroos, White-bellied Sea Eagles or colourful forest birds. Visit historic Boyd’s Tower on the southern headland of Twofold Bay, or Bittangabee Ruins in picturesque Bittangabee Bay.

The Pinnacles is another favourite location in north Ben Boyd National Park. The Pinnacles is a formation which dates back some 65 million years when the soft white sand and its cap of red clay laid the foundations for the subsequent feature which now exists.

Viewers can appreciate the beauty of the formation from the opposing cliff. Other popular sites with the Northern section of the National Park include Severs Beach which houses aboriginal middens dating back at least 4,000 years, and Haycock Point with large rock formations.

Upon arrival to Eden, make your first stop the Eden Visitor Information Centre, where you will find plenty of information, plus lots of great souvenirs and local produce. To book tours, phone us on 02 6496 1953 or email. We look forward to welcoming you!

Tathra Maritime Museum
Old Cargo Shed Wharf Road Tathra Open 7 days.
Phone/fax (02) 6494 4062.
Tathra’s wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast of NSW and has been restored by the National Trust.

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Imlay St Eden (opp Police Station) Ph: (02) 6496 2094 Website
Open daily (except Xmas Day) 9am – 3.45pm.
Preserving Eden’s Whaling History with ‘Old Tom’ the killer whale skeleton on display.

Montague Island

Conservation Volunteers Australia invites you to experience Montague Island, a stunning nature reserve located on New South Wales’ south coast, nine kilometres offshore from the small coastal township of Narooma. Montague Island has been protected as a wildlife sanctuary for over 50 years, and a visit to the island this spring will reveal why, as 30,000 seabirds return to nest for the annual breeding season.

Amongst the crested terns, shear waters and silver gulls, up to 8,000 pairs of little penguins come ashore, making it the largest colony found in New South Wales. Fur seal numbers peak in spring, with more than 1,000 seals found playing together on the northern edge of the island, and humpback whales grace the surrounding waters on their annual migration southward to Antarctica.

If environmentally responsible travel is for you, then a visit to Montague Island will showcase nature tourism at its best. Small group ecotours entice visitors back again and again to four-star heritage guesthouse accommodation, set in amongst the wild wonders.

Naturewise Conservation Holidays provide meaningful travel, connecting people with nature and the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ in helping to protect and conserve the island.

The special quality of this ecotourism experience has been recognised in a plethora of awards and recognitions, most notably, a National Tourism Award for Australia’s best ecotourism experience. It is Advanced Eco Certified, meeting strict guidelines set by Australia’s peak ecotourism body, Ecotourism Australia.

Your nature holiday on Montague Island can be as active or passive as you choose. Guided by a local park ranger, explore the island by foot, discovering its vast ecological and historical significance, revealed in 125 years of lighthouse history and wildlife found around every corner. According to previous participants, there is nothing else quite like this experience:

“Breathtaking wild beauty, perfect weather, excellent company, delicious food and wine – Wow! Thanks for having us in this treasure of a place.” Sarah and Geoff Cains

Ecotours are operated by Conservation Volunteers Australia and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Free call (aus only) 1800 032 501.