Disability friendly Accredited Tourism Business Australia International Camping Fellowship

On the Great Ocean Road … Beautiful Beach, Farm & Bushland

Five Day Program

Day 3

Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

A visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village at Warrnambool and nearby Tower Hill gives students an interpretative introduction to life on the high seas for Australia’s first European settlers, and stories of the country’s first people, with a chance to see iconic Australian wildlife.

In 2008 Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village was awarded the prize for Victoria’s top Tourist Attraction for the second year running. Created around the original 1859 lighthouse and fortifications, Flagstaff Hill takes visitors back in time. By visiting the recreated maritime village and interpretive centre, students hear, see and experience the hardships of those who survived the long sea voyages from Europe and those who fell prey to our treacherous ‘Shipwreck Coast’.

Tower Hill Reserve, tucked inside a spectacular dormant volcano, is a haven for wildlife including koalas, emus, kangaroos, sugar gliders and many species of water birds. The reserve is also rich in human history. Members of the Worn Gundidj Cooperative can guide students on a range of topics including Aboriginal music and language, traditional games, hunting and gathering, or traditional dance. Please contact us for the current cost per student for this activity.

An alternative day-trip for Day Three is a visit to Cape Otway Lightstation, Australia’s most important lighthouse, built in 1848. In the winter months students can look for whales from the lighthouse balcony, 90 metres above where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean. Lightstation staff can provide a full day of experiential learning activities based on the history of the lighthouse. The Cape Otway heritage precinct also includes a Telegraph Station and World War Two Radar Bunker.

Surfing is a big part of Victorian culture, so we can arrange lessons on board riding, or horseriding, too.

After dark a trivia quiz or disco is always a hit with students.

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