WHAT'S IN THE AREA
KATE SMITH Artists Private Studio & Gallery (2 min drive)
Kate Smith is a widely renowned artist who lives just down the road in the old Codrington School building, a marvellously renovated building in it's own right. A Lovely cottage garden too. www.katesmithartist.com.au
Kate warmly welcomes visitors to view her works, and the building. Appointment necessary, ask Geoff to make one for you.
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.
Standing on hills overlooking the Southern Ocean, they are positioned to take full advantage of the winds that have helped form the spectacular Shipwreck 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 real big run.
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 pace 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. 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 a 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 an 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.