WHAT'S IN THE AREA
Codrington is named after a Highwayman, named Remington Codrington, or at least that was the name he was using when he was sticking up the coaches and travelers that came through here at the time. There's a long story about Remington Codrington, and it is in our house book in each room.
And Codrington Village. Well, there ain't no such a village as Codrington. Codrington never was built, it was surveyed, it lay along the road from Portland to Port Fairy, and building lots in the town were even sold for development, back in the 1800s', but they never got around to actually building anything, because the road from Portland was rerouted. and Yambuk had a head start on Codrington anyway, so the village became "unnecessary" so surveying another Village on the new road was never undertaken.
Codrington had a school, it's still there but converted into a home now. Codrington also has a nursery, specialising in Native plants, well worth a visit and take a native home with you to plant in your garden, never too many natives.
YAMBUK (2 min. drive)
Yambuk, much like all these rural villages, has its own unique story.
A village's background can usually be assed by its churches, and Yambuk has 2 impressive churches for such a seemingly innocuous settlement. Why? Well because in days past Yambuk was a vital, vibrant and productive settlement servicing this area.
There were several blacksmiths, the hotel was a staging point for the horse-drawn coaches, families from as far away as a days ride would come in for their supplies.
Families here originate from the first settlers, some of those older residents well remember their parents being away for 2 or 3 days to ride into Yambuk for supplies.
Gold seekers on their way to the Goldfields coming from Portland, and to a lesser degree Port fairy, passed through Yambuk, which would have been a natural rest-up and the last chance to replenish supplies before heading in-land. The stores did well and the Hotel was a busy place to be.
Back to Churches, there are 2 lovely churches in Yambuk. and a graveyard, which lies far away from the churches. But, that's another story in our house book.
CODRINGTON WIND FARM (2 min. drive)
Codrington Wind Farm is the first-ever Wind Farm in Australia & consists of windmills (turbines) installed on local farmland.
This wind farm produces enough electricity to power Warrnambool, not that it does, not directly anyway, the power generate is fed into the national grid, but the energy it produces is equivalent to or greater than the consumption of Warrnambool. Which gives you a nice point of reference as to the efficiency of these wonderful renewable energy developments.
So, the wind turbines stand on the sandhills overlooking the Southern Ocean, positioned to take full advantage of the sea winds that have helped form the spectacular Shipwreck Coast, and on bad days caused so many shipwrecks along this coast.
OCEAN BEACHES (7 min. drive)
All along our coastline here are endless stretches of wild ocean beaches. You feel free and invigorated just walking along them. Often not another soul in sight.
Great place to let the dog have a really big run.
But> Be careful as quite a lot of wildlife also ventures onto the beach around here, you are very likely to bump into Emu or Wallaby if you venture further from the entry point. And> do not think about swimming on these beaches, they're open ocean beaches and very dangerous even on calm days. If you want to know where to splash and swim ask Geoff.
And migrating birds nest here annually, please avoid the roped off areas at these times.
YAMBUK LAKE (5 min. drive)
The lake is only 8km from our doorstep. With a large beach frontage, walking tracks, and beautiful views it is a delightful place for a quiet picnic.
It is also a popular fishing spot with large bream and salmon being caught regularly.
Walk down to the mouth and it’s a great place to paddle & splash in warm water & investigate the rock-pools.
THE CRAGS (7 min. drive)
Situated midway between Port Fairy and our property the Crags offers tourists a spectacular view of our rugged coastline.
Absolute magic for that romantic sunset or to witness the raging might of the Southern Ocean.
PORTLAND (17 min. drive)
Victoria's first settlement. Originally Victoria's capital, until they later found the mouth to Port Philip Bay and subsequently the Murray River.
all the first Golddiggers arrived at Portland or Port Fairy.
Some lovely views from the cliff tops across the harbour, bay and ocean. A lot of historic buildings worth seeing.
The lovely little Botanic Gardens, one of the first-ever in Australia, were installed by Chinese Labourers under the tutelage of an Englishman, he says they were the best workers he’d ever had. It’s a lovely place to have a picnic and a walk around.
PORT FAIRY (17 min. drive)
Port Fairy is a historic fishing port with over 50 classified 1840s historic buildings.
Walk around Griffiths Island, see the lighthouse, shearwater colony, and a seal or beach wallaby along the way. East Beach is perfect for surfing, sailing, swimming and it is Lifeguard Patrolled.
Enjoy the specialty shops, restaurants, and cafes all just a 20-minute drive from Codrington Gardens.
TOWER HILL State Game Reserve (20 min drive)
Tower Hill State Game Reserve was declared Victoria's first National Park in 1892 and a State Game Reserve in 1961.
Located in an extinct volcano, Tower Hill is now a haven for wildlife. Watch for koalas, emus, kangaroos, echnidas and waterbirds that roam freely throughout the reserve. Take a picnic, go bushwalking or wildlife watching.
Free public barbecues & eating facilities on site. It really is a great place to have a picnic lunch.
KOROIT (25 min. drive)
A really delightful little town.
Just has to have one of the most fascinating Pub Facades in the world.
Nice little cafe’s and some antique stores.
Good place to combine with a Tower Hill visit.
THE GREAT SOUTHWEST WALK, Portland (35 min. drive)
The Great Southwest Walk is a 250km walking track forming a giant loop commencing and ending in Portland. You probably won't walk the entire 250km in one day, but some of the coastal paths are certainly worth a day visit.
The walk features the Petrified Forest (pictured here), blowholes, the enchanted forest, ship wreck rock, Discovery Bay, Victoria's highest coastal cliffs, Australia's largest mainland seal colony and the Lower Glenelg National Park.
Mt ECKLES National Park (25 min. drive)
Actually another Volcano. Walk around the rim or go down into the mouth & walk around the lake.
There’s a little hidden cave which is like a fridge in the summer, you walk out of the heat into the cave and it’s immediately amazingly cool.
Great picnic grounds here with free barbecues & under-cover eating areas.
THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK,(Dunkeld 1 hour drive, Halls Gap 1 to1.5 hour drive)
Dunkeld is a rural town located at the foot of the southern entrance to The Grampians. Explore the walking trails through the mountains with its abundant flora and fauna, play a game of golf or enjoy a wine tasting at local wineries.
Halls Gap is a small town nestled in the heart of The Grampians. Walking trails, spectacular lookouts, waterfalls, scenic drives, aboriginal rock art, rock climbing, bush walking and the majestic natural beauty of the park surround you.
THE 12 APOSTLES, Great Ocean Road (1.45 hour drive)
Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, you'll find a diverse and spectacular coastline featuring The 12 Apostles (limestone stacks), The Loch Ard Gorge (shipwrecks), arches, blowholes, the grotto, coastal cliffs, dunes, wetlands and woodlands.