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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is Australia's largest and most awarded maritime heritage precinct. It is located in Warrnambool, Victoria, at the end of the famous Great Ocean Road.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia's richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870's village. It overlooks the picturesque Lady Bay. The village provides a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870's era, the peak of Australia's maritime heritage.

Extensive indoor galleries and the outdoor maritime heritage precinct make for a highlight of any journey on the Great Ocean Road.

Visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village >>

Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse and Keepers cottage.
Flagstaff Hill Upper Lighthouse and Keepers cottage. ILLW No. AU0049

ILLW - International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse (AU0049) was first activated by Greg McNamara, VK3UT, in 2008 with the aim of participating in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. It has been activated every year since and has acquired a growing band of enthusiastic operators. The core team is Greg- VK3UT, Shaun - VK3VLY, Ron - VK3VBI, Robert - VK3ARM, Peter - VK3PAH, and Mark - VK3UA. An original key member was Alan - VK3HGA who is now sadly SK. There is also many "drop in" operators over an ILLW weekend to help out.

The idea for the Flagstaff Hill Amateur Radio DX Group was formulated in 2013 as a result of the successes of previous years. In 2014, VK3DX was acquired for use as the official FHARDXG callsign.

Lady Bay Lighthouse(s) History

The Lady Bay Lighthouse Complex was originally built in 1858-9 of basalt quarried on the Salt Water (Maribynong) River, Melbourne . The upper tower, chartroom, cottage and privy were originally located on Middle Island near the outlet of the Merri River , with a lower light located on a timber tower on the beach. It soon became apparent that the middle island location was not satisfactory with the light obscured by heavy seas.

In 1871 the lights and all associated buildings, along with the privy, were moved to their current location on Flagstaff Hill as leading lights for the entry to the treacherous and shallow Warrnambool Harbour . The lower light was placed on a bluestone obelisk that had been erected there as a navigation marker in 1854.

A flagstaff had been erected on the hill as early as 1853 very soon after the settlement of the Warrnambool district.

The Lady Bay Lighthouse Complex is of architectural significance as a fine example of Public Works Department architecture of the 1850s and 1880s. The modest but dignified and sturdy lighthouse structures are indicative of the importance of lighthouses to the communities that relied upon them to facilitate safe passage for shipping, at a time when such transport was crucial to relatively isolated towns like Warrnambool.

The Lady Bay Lower Lighthouse ( AU0096) can be seen below the gun emplacement in the main picture at the top of the page.

Read more lighthouse history here >>

Flagstaff with 160M OCF at flag base.
Flagstaff with 160M OCF at flag base. Feedline can be seen on right, suspended above any foot traffic.

Historic Forts - Warrnambool Garrison, 1880's.

The Lady Bay Lighthouse Complex historical significance is further enhanced for its intact battery and guns, a strong reminder of Victoria 's wealth and determination to protect itself from the perceived threat of invasion in the 1880s. Flagstaff Hill was also the centre for the Warrnambool Garrison, built in response to the perceived threat of foreign forces looking to expand their own empires by taking this remote part of the mighty British Empire. The remaining guns are scientifically (technologically) significant as physical reminders of a time when these weapons represented advanced design in artillery. A recent study has found two of the guns to be of "world significance" and further work is being undertaken to enhance the way we tell our guests of this significance.

The battery of two 80 pounder rifled, muzzle loading guns was added in 1887 as part of a general upgrade to the defences of Victoria which saw Port Phillip Bay transformed into a fortress and the nearby ports of Belfast (Port Fairy) and Portland receive a similar armament to Warrnambool. The fortifications and guns were in a derelict condition until they were restored after the complex was integrated into the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in the 1970s.

The Warrnambool Garrison guns are fired by re-enactment groups on major event days at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village


The VK3DX Radio Shack is located in one of the original Garrison Huts.

80 Pounder Gun from 1887
80 Pounder Gun from 1887.

Enjoying breakfast in the 1887 Warrnambool Garrison Hall (from left) Shaun VK3VLY, Greg VK3UT, Robert VK3ARM and Mark VK3UA
Enjoying breakfast in the 1880's Warrnambool Garrison Hall during the 2013 ILLW, (from left) Shaun VK3VLY, Greg VK3UT, Robert VK3ARM and Mark VK3UA

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