Day on the Hill returns to Flagstaff Hill

Laying the trail: Warrnambool's Adele Pinkerton, 4, is ready to hide eggs for the Flagstaff Hill easter penguin egg hunt to be held as part of the 'Day on the Hill' family event, which returns on April 1.                  Picture: Rob Gunstone

Laying the trail: Warrnambool's Adele Pinkerton, 4, is ready to hide eggs for the Flagstaff Hill easter penguin egg hunt to be held as part of the 'Day on the Hill' family event, which returns on April 1. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The ‘Day on the Hill’ family event is to return to Flagstaff Hill on Easter Sunday, April 1 following a one year absence.

Flagstaff Hill services manager Paul Pinkerton said the event had been brought back by popular demand.

It will this year feature a series of egg hunts for different age groups that will search for 4000 penguin chocolate eggs hidden around the Flagstaff Hill village.

“With food stalls, an animal farm, kids’ activities and face painting, Flagstaff Hill is the perfect location to set up a picnic, listen to live music and relax on Easter Sunday,” Mr Pinkerton said.

Tom Richardson, Lynne Moloney and Teacher’s Pets, and the Sheddies Men’s Chorus will be filling the village with music and song, along with open mic slots for up-and-coming local talent.

Kids’ activities will include decorating Easter-themed biscuits and fun with pirate hats. 

A tug-of-war and firings of the hill’s heritage cannons will add to the entertainment. 

Children should also keep a lookout for a colouring competition being distributed to schools that offers a prize to the winner.

Mr Pinkerton said the event had not been held last year because of time constraints and the CBD renewal program but Warrnambool City Council had always planned to bring the event back. 

Its return was all the more important following the cancellation of Warrnambool’s Fun4Kids festival and Flagstaff Hill’s plans to build up its school holiday activities program, he said.

The recent $2.95 million redevelopment of the village had paved the way for it to hold more activities and better events.

Victorian school holidays for the end of this year’s Term One begin two days before Day on the Hill.

Mr Pinkerton said that everyone at Flagstaff Hill was looking forward to the reinstatement of the much-loved annual event.

“The volume of enquiries we’ve had already this year has been huge, so we are expecting a great turnout on Easter Sunday,” he said.

“Day on the Hill has traditionally been an event embraced by both locals and visitors.

“In previous years, Surfside Holiday Park has been almost deserted on Easter Sunday with everyone coming to Flagstaff Hill to join in the family-friendly fun.”

People with a 3280 postcode are eligible for a 30 per cent discount by signing up for a free Local Membership,

Those who don’t live in Warrnambool can book by March 23 to secure their 30 per cent early bird discount.

People are encouraged to book tickets and collect their wristbands as early as possible so they spend less time in line at reception.