A historic holiday site to fire the imagination

IF you’re looking for more bang from your summer holidays, here’s the perfect option.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has opened its historic artillery garrison quarters for camping in the same spot as soldiers paraded in the 1880s.

Three officers’ cabins and four replica British military bell tents are available for the general public to enjoy a rustic holiday overlooking Lady Bay.

But visitors won’t be called on to fire the two cannons — that will be left for experts.

“The garrison camp site provides a unique experience with lovely views,” village manager and city council tourism services manager Peter Abbott told The Standard.

“A recent change in government regulations allowed us to register the cabins for accommodation.

“The cabins have been fitted out with bunk beds and campers can eat in the old armoury building which is equipped with a barbecue and fridge.”

The Warrnambool garrison base was established in 1887 as part of the colony’s response to fears of a Russian invasion. A fort was built near the lighthouses to house two muzzle-loading cannons with a range of 5.5 kilometres. 

Two years ago Flagstaff Hill also opened its Lighthouse Lodge for accommodation to provide an income stream and moves are afoot for approval to operate an education camp at the village.

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