Discover the best top things to do in Wonthaggi, Australia including State Coal Mine, Eagles Nest, Powlett River, Bass Coast Rail Trail, Wonthaggi Visitor Information Centre, Sabai Sabai Traditional Thai Massage, Wonthaggi Heathland and Coastal Reserve, Victorian Desal Plant Ecological Reserve, Guide Park Playground, Wonthaggi Wetlands Reserve.
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5 based on 152 reviews
Had a most enjoyable lunch in the Cafe, watched a movie about the coal mine and went underground. Tour guide full of good stories but also very knowledgeable about the workings of the mine. Highly recommended lunch and tour.Well said Anne, Thanks for your rating and support. For those Reading this comment on a 40 deg day when you go underground its average temperature is 17 deg, how nice is that.
4.5 based on 49 reviews
4.5 based on 2 reviews
The Powlett River rises on the southern slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges, near Ellerside, north of Inverloch, and flows generally west, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth within Bass Strait, west of Wonthaggi, within the Shire of Bass Coast. The river descends 40 metres (130 ft) over its 27 kilometres (17 mi) course.
The river is traversed by the Bass Highway between Daylston and Wonthaggi.
After arriving at the car park, a walk of around 600 metres long the banks of the Powlett River takes you to the ocean (Bass Strait). At times; the Powlett is blocked from the ocean by a sand bar which means that sea water does not enter the river even at high tide. It is possible to walk across the sand barrier to the opposite side of the Powlett where there are high sand dunes. The young ones use the dunes as a slide and paper to have a lot of fun.
At other times, possibly due to total movements, the sand bank between the Powlett and ocean opens up, exposing the rock base, and this sometimes makes it impossible to get across to the opposite banks without getting wet.
The area is used by recreational fishermen, sightseers; families who go in for a dip, and kayakers.
All in all, this is a great place for a family outing on a weekend
4.5 based on 28 reviews
We rode from the Visitor Centre in Wonthaggi to Kilcunda and return, about 14 kms each way. Generally flat and easy ride on well formed stone surface. No busy roads to cross once you get across for the VIC. Towards Kilcunda the views are breath taking. Coffee in Kilcunda was great.
You get great views of the wind farms and deal plant as you ride along. Watch out on the left as you leave the built up area in Wonthaggi for the old disused rail sheds.
4.5 based on 21 reviews
It is my understanding that there were moves afoot to close this place however after a stoush it has remained open. Upon my visit I found the staff member on duty quite friendly and full of information. There are some information boards that discuss the towns history and a supply of brochures regarding the various attractions about the place. Much of the stuff is duplicated by what is at the Inverloch Tourist Information Centre but that makes perfect sense.
There is adequate parking right outside the centre and there is a convenient large map outside that will assist you in finding your way about. In fact it is conveniently located on the way into town from Melbourne so there is no need to searching the place out.
Free maps of the town itself and you can pick up a few postcards or similar here as well though the variety is limited. The place is also hindered by its small size (which makes sense as Wonthaggi is not really a tourist town, most of them passing the place by for Inverloch from what I can glean). Also the local history doesn't give the place much to work with, it was a coal mining area for many decades and now is somewhat of a 'gods waiting room' kind of place.
Still, certainly worth a look if you are new in town or looking for ideas on what to do locally.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
Now relocated to new address. Massage has been around for a couple of years with same owners and good loyal staff. The new room is nicely decorated with 2 tables separated by a curtain. The room is new and kept very clean, with steamer to heat towels. Oils and fragrances are used to help with massage. The parlor caters to both men and women [ male and female ] and offer different types of treatment. Backwalking and elbows are also used to manipulate harder muscles. Pricing varies depending on time and style. Overall it is a good place to go for troublesome pains.
4.5 based on 5 reviews
Stopping on our way back to Melbourne to enjoy a coastal bush walk off Chisholm Rd, we were keen to see native vegetation, in tact. The remnant vegetation was home to superb fairy wrens, white eared honeyeaters, Gilbert's whistlers, eastern yellow robins & new holland honeyeaters among others. Pleasant surprise.
4.5 based on 3 reviews
The cynic in me says that this was done as a public relations exercise but it's still quite amazing. one of the biggest ecological restorations in victorian history leaves us with a beautiful reserve that features
225 hectares of wetlands,coastal and swampy woodlands
127 different species of indigenous plant species
8 kms of trails for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
Boardwalks with info boards
bird hides,picnic shelters and public amenities
nine new sand dunes constructed using the spoil from desal plant construction
all in all an amazing spot to visit with numerous entry points
4.5 based on 3 reviews
4.5 based on 3 reviews
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