What to do – in and around Quamby Homestead
Botanical Garden: For those of you seeking total relaxation, feel free to wander the 3 acres of botanical garden surrounding the Homestead. Pull up a seat in the garden, and take in the historic plantings, bird life and rural views. And if a glass of chilled wine or a cold beer would help you relax further we are fully licensed.
Property Bush Walk: If you need something a little more energetic, the property itself has a 2km perimeter walk that begins at the main dam behind the School House. The path follows the property’s 3 dams and then heads between the dams and the main grazing paddocks around the perimeter fences.
Farm Animals & Wildlife
Quamby Homestead is a 70 acre working property, and we currently have cattle grazing and chickens. Please do feel free to go and see the chickens – particularly the children as ours love them!
You may also be lucky enough at various times to see kangaroos roaming by the dams and in the paddocks to the west of the property, down behind the accommodation. They generally appear around dusk. Also you may see some koalas, wallabies and the odd echidna (spiny anteater). You will definitely hear our resident pair of kookaburras laughing in the trees around the dams and there are many flocks of native cockatoos and galahs flying about. And we have many possums on the property, so you may see them moving about after dark.
Quamby’s croquet lawn, where the Lindsay’s played, is ready for a game of crocquet, lawn skittles or even petanque. Bring a soccer ball or cricket stumps for the children and they’ll be very at home on the croquet lawn.
Local Attractions – within a 30 minute drive
* Tower Hill State Game Reserve
* Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Sound & Light Show
* Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
* Beaches for swimming, surfing and walking (including Lady Bay Warrnambool, East Beach Port Fairy and Killarney Beach)
* Warrnambool-Port Fairy Rail Trail
* Historic Koroit
* Port Fairy – Historic township with many art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, heritage sites, festivals (including the world renowned Folk Festival in March, beaches and wildlife reserves (including Griffiths Island)
* Port Fairy Golf Club – one of ‘Australia’s Top 50 golf courses’
* Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool
* Visit Warrnambool Premier Speedway (www.premierspeedway.com.au) at the Sungold Stadium
* Fletcher Jones Gardens, Warrnambool
* Whale watching (June to October) at Logan’s Beach Warrnambool and Port Fairy or the Southern Right Whale Nursery at Portland
* Mailors Flat Antiques
* Hopkins Falls
* Allansford CheeseWorld
* 110km Historic Shipwreck Trail
* Maddigan’s Antique and Tea Rooms at Penshurst.
* Grampians and Halls Gap
* Great Ocean Road
* Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles
* Cape Otway National Park
* Casterton historic town and heart of cattle dog territory
* Penola and the Coonawarra.
Local Events and Festivals
* Wooden Boat Festival (January)
* Championship Sheep Dog Trials (February)
* Warrnambool Wunta Fiesta (February)
* Port Fairy Folk Festival (March)
* Koroit Irish Festival (April)
* Warrnambool Racing Carnival (May)
* Warrnambool Agricultural Show (October)
* Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (October)
* Ex-libris Book Fair, Port Fairy (September)
* Port Fairy Show (November).
You will find many places for lunch and evening meals from 5-25mins away in Woolsthorpe, Koroit, Warrnambool and Port Fairy.
Woolsthorpe (5 mins) – Woolsthorpe National Hotel has lunch and dinner available Wednesday-Sunday evening (tel: 5569 2391). You will find high chairs and a children’s menu here.
Koroit (15 mins) – Mickey Bourke’s Hotel (available 6pm – 8pm, tel: 5565 8201), Izzy’s Family Restaurant, Alex’s Pizza, Little Thai House and others all located approx 15mins drive away in Koroit. You will find high chairs and children’s menus at some of these.
Port Fairy (25 mins) – many restaurants, cafes and eateries ranging from Fish and Chips to Turkish. Take a look at www.visitportfairy-moyneshire.com.au/activitiesattractions/dining for more information.
Warrnambool (20 mins) – also many restaurants, cafes and eateries ranging from Fish and Chips to Turkish. Take a look at www.visitwarrnambool.com.au/food-wine/ for more information.
Dunkeld (40 mins) – for a special evening we are 40 minutes from Dunkeld in the Grampians, where you will find the Royal Mail Hotel.