Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 23 PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Memories of Port Albert’s maritime past The recipient of numerous awards, the Port Albert Maritime Museum sends visitors back to the days of the town’s very beginnings following the wreck of the paddle steamer Clonmel in 1841. Opened in 1976, the museum houses significant items relat- ing to Gippsland’s maritime and local history within the historic Bank of Victoria building (1861). The old bank vault houses a display on gold discovery in Gippsland, an event that built the town as those seeking their fortunes passed through the port. Numerous examples of maritime history are on display both within the old building and outside in the gardens including a massive drum lens from the Cape Liptrap lighthouse, the Cliffy Island cannon and lighthouse workboat, several giant anchors, the original Port Albert wharf crane and the restored Citadel Island lighthouse, the first automatic acetylene light installed by the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service in 1913. Learn of the Bass Strait lighthouses and the growth and decline of Port Albert’s fishing fleet. View a comprehensive shell collection, information boards and artefacts of the Gunaikurnai people, the traditional owners of the land, a collection of old photos of the town, paintings, prints and sketches of sailing ships. Experience the evocative sounds of an overnight trip on a century old inlet fishing boat aboard the Morning Star and a sound and light show in Shipwreck Alley. A pushbutton activated display of the original 1952 coastal radio base station, used to communicate with the fishing fleet, is a feature. The museum also holds the only display of Omega Navigation base equipment in Australia. A PERFECT BASE Port Albert was devastated when the Port Albert Hotel, one of Victoria’s oldest pubs, established in 1841, was destroyed by fire in February 2014. However, the hotel’s accommodation rooms were saved and have been refurbished into comfort- able motel-style accommodation, becoming Port Albert Motel. It boasts views over the beautiful waters of Port Albert that the hotel had enjoyed for more than 170 years. Perfect for keen fishers to lay their heads with ample onsite boat parking, the motel’s seven fully equipped rooms are suitable for singles, couples, families and backpackers with options that will perfectly suit large group bookings. It is popular with international and self-drive travellers keen to explore the region’s beauty. Find interesting exhibits from the area’s maritime past both in and outside at the Port Albert Maritime Museum. Maritim Museu€ Por! Alber!, Victori" Phon: (03) 5183 2520 Awar# Winnin$ NEW ATTRACTION! Omega Exhibit September 1 - May 31 Open daily, 10am - 4pm Normal Admission - Adults: $6 Concession: $5 Students & Children: $1 Families: $10 (2 adults, 2 children) Coaches by appointment