Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Pets, including dogs are NOT permitted on-site at Flagstaff Hill. Visit Flagstaff Hill during the day, explore the maritime village - arguably Australia's richest collection of Maritime history and experience Tales of the Shipwreck Coast Sound and Light Show in the evening. The village is fun for the whole family, with children's activities and scavenger hunts on offer. Your entry includes a complimentary guided tour beginning at the Loch Ard Peacock at 11.30am. One of our knowledgeable guides in full period costume will lead the 45-minute tour, providing you with interesting facts about the museum’s collection and life in the 19th century. As night falls, step inside the village to experience dramatic stories of Australia’s rich maritime history. Tales of the Shipwreck Coast takes you on a journey through the ages. From local Aboriginal stories to our colourful whaling past then to events that gave our coast - bookings essential.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sandra G
    Bendigo, Australia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Step Back In Time
    What a wonderful historical representation of how people lived and worked in the early pioneering days. The facility is in pristine condition, lots to look at, read about and take some quirky selfies. Easy to get around at your own pace. The day we were there the lolly shop was closed and the tea rooms were holding a private function. However the friendly staff did advise us of this when we arrived. Would highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Bec L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent as a party option for kids
    Flagstaff Hill hosted my 11 year olds birthday party. The girls had High Tea, made jewellery and played old fashioned games. Everything was perfect and the kids loved it. I highly recommend this as a party option for any kids parties!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Marg S
    Sydney, Australia599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flagstaff Hill
    Two of us stopped by the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village this morning, a wonderful exhibition and layout of the historic precinct. As seniors the entry fee was only $15.50 each, great facilities, and helpful staff. We also enjoyed a lovely morning tea in the Tea Rooms, Devonshire teas with coffee and scones, plus jam and cream, before wandering around the many display huts and sheds. Thoroughly recommend a visit on your next trip to Warrnambool, Victoria, along the Great Ocean Road.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • victraveller2017
    Ballarat, Australia39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining and informative night show
    We went to the night sound and light show at the museum. It was a lovely night for it so we got luckily because it starts outside. However, mostly the show is undercover so it’s good in most weather. Use of sound, light and water is creative and kept our attention. I visited lookouts on the Great Ocean Rd beforehand which was great to give context.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2024
  • MsF
    Sydney, Australia33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for all ages
    Excellent open air museum. Authentic looking buildings - hard to believe it was built in the 1970s. Some more signs explaining the displays would be helpful (Eg in the chandlers store). Staff were mostly friendly except for the young woman on the counter.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2024
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Jeraifinnen
Ballarat, Australia134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The hard part about writing this review is that Flagstaff Hill is still affected by COVID-19. This means that the site has limited staff or volunteers and cannot, therefore, run a lot of its live interactions.

Due to the reduced number of visitors, we were able access many parts of the facility but had no one to explain many of the exhibits. The tour guide was knowledgeable but owing to a visitor choosing to sneeze without covering their mouth, we were unable to complete the tour and missed a lot of the information.

The weather was excellent and would be a great venue for families to learn more of the shipwreck coast.
Written 13 January 2021
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Allison F
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We chose to do the combined day and night visit and were glad we did. Visited with young kids - they gave little “spot it” cards for kids to find items. Animals around the site also kept kids happy, especially the peacocks who had recently had babies. Take time to watch the videos in the various establishments around the site. Climb the top Lighthouse - way smaller than the Otway Lighthouse it makes you realise what a huge Lighthouse Otway was. The sound and light show at night was inclusive of a brief introduction to country (Aboriginal history), whalers story, and the story of the Loch Ard. The Loch Ard Peacock which survived the shipwreck is as tall as a person - impressive.
Written 26 February 2020
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Susan H
Brisbane, Australia109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We visited twice. Enjoyable light and sound show in the evening covering the settlement and shipwrecks along the coastal areas. Then we returned the next morning to walk around the village and see the interesting museum exhibits, including the Lochard peacock.
Written 6 May 2023
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inonufing
Whyalla, Australia145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We went here during the day and had a look around. It was quite interesting but found we did not have to spend much time here during the day. We had pre booked the night tour and was very impressed with it. The guides were very good, very friendly and the whole atmosphere was great. The guides walked us thorugh the village by lantern to the area the show was to take place. The light show was very informative and well presented. I would recommend booking in to se this show.
Written 8 March 2020
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Brett M
Geelong, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited today with my 7 and 4 year olds. It was quiet so we had free reign of the place. The highlights were climbing up the lighthouse, watching the blacksmith and playing the pianos in the Inn. We spent approximately 2 hours there and easily visited everything. The village is only small but the visit is inexpensive.
To top the visit off as we went through the gift shop we spotted 3 whales just off the coast. Recommend a visit with kids.
Written 6 July 2020
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DinoDisco
Horsham, Australia160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
It's a nice place to visit and the lady in the lolly shop was very pleasant. The cafe shut earlier than than the sign said and the lolly shop was shut despite it being open earlier in the day and no closing time advertised. So we couldn't buy a snack and more lollies. Also despite being a maritime museum it is distinctly lacking in ships nowadays unfortunately. Lastly the cafe served party pies instead of nibble pies which I believe is the correct Warrnambool term for them. It is important to preserve the unique terms used in Warrnambool as opposed to the rest of the country. But these are small gripes, it's a great museum and fun for the kids.
Written 1 October 2021
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Nibha C
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Very cute historic village in Warrnambool. Great place to walk around and see what life was like back in the 19th century. The views from the lighthouses are pretty cool too.

Did the light and sound show at night, which was a nice experience as well. Very educational and wonderful to use the village at night to paint a picture of the town
Written 24 July 2022
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BigAdventurer
Trinidad, CA341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Everywhere you turn in this wonderfully restored village is a perfect photo op. Rolling green hills, flowers everywhere, panoramic view of a brilliant turquoise sea, a still pond reflecting a deep blue sky and hosting colorful fishing boats and friendly ducks who scurry to gobble grain provided for visitors to feed them. In one old shop by the pond be sure to watch a video narrated by an adventurous old man who survived a treacherous trip around Cape Horn on a bettered schooner that barely survived the voyage. Stop in the cool quaint chapel and listen to marvelous choral music played continuously. Climb up the narrow spiral stairs of a colorful lighthouse for a perfect view of the village and sea, and enjoy the cozy, beautifully furnished and surprisingly comfortable keeper's cottage. Everywhere you look there are interesting artifacts and delightful surprises. The gift shop is an excellent finish , and the fluffy white great Pyranees puppy toys who represent valuable guardians of the sheep are very hard to resist.
Written 6 March 2023
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Beetrootears
Balmoral Ridge, Australia465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We learned a lot about the trials of whaling, early settlement in the area, aboriginal history and of course the tragic losses of multiple ships along the notorious “Shipwreck Coast” of this stretch of Victoria. Our guide for our tour was Lindley, who was full of so much information. I would recommend a guided walking tour to get the most out of your visit! We also attended the sound and light show. However, if you buy a ticket to the sound and light show, you get discounted entry to the historic visit-we did it the wrong way round! We did have the option of visiting over 2 days, which was great.
Written 23 March 2021
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Zena1959
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We were not impressed that we paid full entry fee on Tuesday Afternoon 30/11/21 at 2.30pm The attraction was still open but we were not informed that majority of the buildings were closed already, and if there were supposed to be volunteers or staff manning the buildings, they had already left and closed up the exhibit. There was no atmosphere at all in the village.
I understand that the we entered in on a late Tuesday afternoon, but i would have appreciated being informed that many of the buildings were already closed and the reception could have offered to give us 50% discount for visiting the lifeless village at that time.
Written 5 December 2021
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