Warrnambool and Flagstaff Hill Museum Village

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Flagstaff Hill museum village

Warrnambool is a city of 29,000 inhabitants and the regional centre. It was one of the early settlements on the coast of Victoria.

Flagstaff Hill is the highest point in town. It overlooks the wide coastal plain, hence the place had strategic significance. During the World Wars, Australian military was set on guard here to fend off a potential Japanese invasion (which never happened, and I wonder how realistic the threat actually was).

In addition to the big war memorial, original arms have been put up to recall the times of war.

Town centre and port of Warrnambool as they were, or might have been, a hundred years ago have been rebuilt in Flagstaff Hill open-air museum.

Shops and workshops, school and church have been reconstructed and furnitured. Volunteers in historical dress add to the colour. This is a cleaned-up and extra tidy version of old Warrnambool, though.

The two lighthouses on the hill have been included in the museum area but still serve their original purpose.

The smaller one is simple but efficient. It marks the narrow entrance to Warrnambool harbour. The windows around the light are all red except one which is green. The green light is seen from sea only when the ship is in front of the harbour entrance.

Between the museum hill and the sea shore there is a nice and conveniently located big campground with direct access to the beach. We stayed there for the night.

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Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum harbour
Flagstaff Hill museum harbour
Flagstaff Hill war memorial
Flagstaff Hill war memorial
Flagstaff Hill war memorial
Flagstaff Hill war memorial
Warrnambool centre
Warrnambool centre
Warrnambool, typical streetview wi…
Warrnambool, typical streetview w…
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Flagstaff Hill museum village
Lighthouse and campground
Lighthouse and campground
The second lighthouse
The second lighthouse
Warrnambool
photo by: asturjimmy