Simon the Pieman may barrack for Collingwood, but this week he’s sharing tips on visiting his hometown of Warrnambool. In his guest traveller, he shares recommendations for food, nature and shopping. Simon is also a fan of horse racing; hence the picture with the doyenne of racing Gai Waterhouse.
Something for everyone at Fletcher Jones Market
Visiting the Fletcher Jones Market, located in the iconic former Fletcher Jones factory, is a unique experience. Firstly, it is fronted by a heritage-listed garden and it also features a market packed with antiques, collectables, records, vintage clothing, new giftware and loads more.
Dine out on history by the riverside
For a unique dining experience, book a spot at Proudfoots By The River Café and Restaurant. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the most historic and recognisable buildings in the Warrnambool region.
Escape to the gardens
If you’re looking for a place to re-connect with nature, the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens is the perfect destination for a relaxing visit. Only a short walk from the town centre, it includes a number of attractions and garden areas. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see a wide variety of plants and animals up close.
Take in the views at Hopkins River
Measuring 90 metres wide and plunging 12 metres over dark basalt rocks, the curtain-like Hopkins Falls is the largest in the Hopkins River. It is located just outside Warrnambool. Take in the views from the two viewing platforms overlooking the falls and take the easy path to the platform below for postcard-worthy snaps.
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Travel time: Warrnambool is about two and a half hours drive from Melbourne.