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Flagstaff Hill reopens after $3 million upgrade

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has reopened following a $3 million upgrade.

The leading Warrnambool visitor attraction features a new sound and light show, Harpooned, and an upgrade of the existing, popular Shipwrecked show.

“Since 2004, more than 350,000 people have enjoyed Shipwrecked and we believe many more will enjoy the revamped show and the all-new Harpooned show which tells a tale of a whaling crew from 1833,” Warrnambool City Council Manager Visitor Economy David McMahon said.

“Along with the shows – which are screened on a nine-metre high water screen accompanied by stunning light and sound effects – there are improvements right through the village.”

Visitors to the sound and light shows will pass through a state-of-the-art immersion theatre which takes people on a journey through time that starts with the volcanic eruptions that shaped south-west Victoria and includes a Welcome to Country delivered by a Gunditjmara Traditional Owner.

The village, comprising some 40 buildings, many of which contain heritage artefacts, is more activated with characters in heritage costume bringing to life a coastal village of the 1870s.

Interactive digital displays have been installed at the blacksmith’s workshop, the Examiner newspaper office, the school room, sailmaker’s loft, shipping agent and the instrument repairer’s shop.

“Children venturing in to the school will need to be on their best behaviour as we have a virtual teaching delivering a lesson and she is quite stern!” Mr McMahon said.

Among the buildings is a working lighthouse and for those who fancy a tea, coffee and perhaps some scones the village also contains the Stella Maris Tea Rooms.

“Alongside all the high-tech improvements we still have on display one of the best collections of maritime artefacts in Australia,” Mr McMahon said.

“The centrepiece is the famous Loch Ard Peacock, a survivor of the 1873 Loch Ard shipwreck and insured for about $4 million.

“We’ve also improved access around the site for elderly visitors and people with a disability.

“We hope the improved experience at Flagstaff Hill will provide extra incentive to visit our great city and to consider an overnight stay.”

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