06 June 2019
5 WAYS TO WELCOME WINTER WITH THE LOCALSby BETH GIBSON
There’s plenty happening throughout the Great Ocean Road region this Queen’s Birthday Weekend (June 8-10) to celebrate and embrace the arrival of winter.
From warm and hearty winter food, to whale spotting and the fast-paced kelpie muster – there’s a great mix of activities happening in our local communities.
Grab your significant other, a few mates, or the family and hit the road. There will be plenty of cafes and restaurants open along the way to keep you fed and watered - all you have to do is bring a warm jacket!
Here’s our top 5 must dos this Queen’s Birthday long weekend:
1. Forrest Soup Fest - Sunday 9 June 10am to 3pm
Winter screams soup, so for a hearty winter feed cooked up by some of the best chefs in town, head to the Forrest Recreation Reserve where there will be 45 market stalls.
This year, for the first time, there will be a Master Class on how to ferment winter vegetables, make sourdough bread and master stock.
There will be plenty of free activities for the kids, plus music and an animal farm. And, because it’s a waste free festival, please bring your own soup cup if you can. Entry is a gold coin donation.
2. Port Fairy Winter Weekends (every second weekend in winter)
This will be the kick-off weekend of this winter-long festival that invites visitors to experience the multitude of artisan offerings from the Port Fairy area.
There’ll be quality markets, fine food and produce, wine and gin, music and art – as well as the popular Dachshund Dash in the morning on Sunday 9 June.
This year’s Winter Weekends theme is Bathed in Light, so more than 15 colonial cottages and 19th century villas in the iconic Wishart Street will be spectacularly lit up in lights.
3. Whale spotting
The whales are officially here, with sightings between Portland to Warrnambool.
Its luck of the draw, but the more you scan the ocean, the more likely you’ll see a Southern Right Whale (even perhaps a female ready to calve at Logan’s Beach, Warrnambool).
Keep your binoculars in the car and (safely) stop at intervals if you’re travelling along the coast. You just might get your very own, personal show from a beach or clifftop!
To keep in the loop with whale sightings, sign up to our alerts via the Visit Great Ocean Road website.
4. The Australian Kelpie Muster - June 7-10
If you love dogs, you’ll have a blast at this event.
The Australian kelpie is believed to have originated from Casterton in the 1870s and, this weekend, you can see these super smart working dogs in action! Events include the kelpie dash, high jump, climb and stockman’s challenge.
It’s a real family day out, with a Poet’s Breakfast and Kelpie Country Street Parade. There’ll also be a working dog auction, where breeders and buyers from all over the country demonstrate their dog’s skills and bloodline before sale. Listen closely, as a ripper kelpie can sell for thousands of dollars!
There are several magnificent waterfalls along the coast and further inland, which, after recent heavy rainfalls, will be rumbling and gushing with force.
Each waterfall is uniquely different in height, rock formation and surrounding vegetation. Some you can view from the top and/or the bottom. Most have picnic areas and many have loop walks (come prepared and let someone in advance know if you’re walking alone).
- Erskine Falls is approx. 10kms from Lorne
- Phantom Falls is approx. 2kms from Lorne
- Kalimna Falls is approx. 7kms from Lorne
- Stevensons Falls is approx. 6kms from Barramunga (between Skenes Creek & Forrest)
- Beauchamp Falls is approx. 4km from Beech Forest
- Triplet Falls is approx.10kms from Beech Forest
- Hopetoun Falls is approx. 26kms east of Lavers Hill
- Hopkins Falls is approx. 15kms from Warrnambool
For other upcoming events in the Great Ocean Road region visit: https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/events