Logan’s Beach, Warrnambool

Whale watching! Whale watching! Whale watching!  Getting the picture?  This is the best place to watch the Southern Right Whales return to Logan’s Beach to give birth and raise their calves.  It usually happens between late May and early October and attracts visitor viewing from around the world.

Don’t think you should only go here during whale watching season as the views are spectacular at any time of year.  My last visit was in early March and although I didn’t see a whale (or a dolphin, shark or seal for that matter) it was well worth the trip.  The viewing platform is high above the beach has easy access with several levels so the person with the high hat won’t block your view.  

You can get down to the beach but make sure you are feeling fit as it is a steep climb back up.  There is disabled access to the platform and plenty of parking but no toilets so please make sure you go first!  On my last visit a group of young surfers were getting ready to go surfing.  Wouldn’t recommend swimming and check it out thoroughly before surfing.  Prefer a brave soul to a lost one.

To get there cross the bridge on Marfell Road (yes you need to find where this road is) and turn right just after you leave the bridge.  This is Bluehole Road.  On your left you will see Logans Beach Road and I am sure you can guess where that goes.  Its easy to get to and a magnificent viewing platform so don’t miss out.

To see if there are any whales try the Facebook page here.

 




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Lady Bay Foreshore, Warrnambool

The Lady Bay Foreshore is located next to the Breakwater.  It offers protected waters for vessels where you can sit and watch the moored boats and see the arrival of other boats being backed into the water down the boat ramp.  Although there is seating along the foreshore the best viewing is on the balcony of the Pavillion cafe while holding a glass of wine or steaming cappuccino.  

The beach sweeps around away from the breakwater giving a large open bay.  The beach is firm sand and fine for walking along but most people use the walking track that takes you through the sand dunes.  For some reason you don’t see people swimming in this area as you do further away from the breakwater.  

One of the best things about this area is watching the horses being trained.  Lady Bay is one of the few beaches that allows horses to be trained on.  You can watch them being ridden at a very fast pace along the beach as well as being ridden in the water.  My favourite part is watching the horses being towed behind a rowboat getting them to swim in the deeper water.

The best place to watch the horses being exercised is in the Pavillion Cafe where it is comfortable, warm and a delicious breakfast and steaming coffee is placed before you.  There is no better way to maximize the experience.

 


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Hopkins River Mouth at Warrnambool

The Hopkins River Mouth is more than just where the flow returns to the sea. The river mouth is a very popular spot for swimming and access to Logans Beach.  On a sunny, warm day you will see many people splashing around or walking along the beach (not that I am recommending swimming here).  Its worth the drive just to look at the rocky outcrops standing on the shore.

The river mouth is located between two beaches with Point Richie on the right and Logans Beach to the left.  Both beaches are not for the inexperienced so stick to the sand.  I have walked along the river from the bridge to the mouth and its very enjoyable but quite a walk but well worth the effort when you get to the beach and experience the crashing waves.  A word of caution – when the river rises the sandy beach on both sides can flood so keep an eye out.

There are two ways to get to the Hopkins River Mouth with Ritchie Point being the main one.  Drive along Hickford Parade until it turns right and leads to the Hopkins River Lookout.  From here you can walk down to the river mouth (and it is your last chance to use a toilet).  The other way is to cross the bridge on Marfell Road and turn right into Bluehole Road and park there.  It is quite a walk to the river mouth and if the river is full the beach disappears.

 


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