Tourism in Winchelsea
Staying in the region on holiday?
Visiting friends and family?
Winchelsea welcomes visitors travelling in caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) and encourages them to stop, enjoy the town and environment and restock supplies. There is a free RV dump point available.
In the broader district there is an active tourism industry, with a number of wineries, berry farms, eateries and accommodation establishments.
Cycling and horse riding are popular pastimes in the District, with many visitors enjoying the scenery and exercise challenges posed by the Barrabool Hills and the Surf Coast hinterland.
There is a thriving arts and culture community in Winchelsea and District, with many resident artists and musicians and a history of successful events including the annual art show and regular music events at the Globe Theatre, Barwon Park, the Tea Rooms and a number of beautiful local churches. There are a number of home-based artistic enterprises in the township and district.
Restaurants include the Winchelsea Hotel and the Winchelsea Tavern. The impressive old Shire Hall is home to the The Winchelsea Tearooms.The extended shopping centre caters for most needs, including a supermarket, butcher, bank, hairdresser, hardware store, petrol station and the Winchelsea Op Shop (open Fri-Sun).
There’s also a medical centre, hospital, train station, police station, pharmacy, post office, community house, kindergarten and a primary school.
Features of Winchelsea:
The riverside setting gives Winchelsea a beautiful nature-rich park to enjoy picnics, take a walk, and let the kids burn up some energy.
There’s a free outdoor barbecue next to a playground.
For those keen on fishing, the most abundant angling fish are tench, short-finned eel, redfin and brown trout.
The public swimming pool open during summer months, and a caravan-friendly parking/turning area – all right next to the Barwon.
Follow the signposted Heritage Trail to follow, an easy walk for a few kilometres.
There are quite a few listed buildings in and around Winchelsea.
Built by Thomas Austin, a National Trust property, is a grand old building that has been extensively renovated and restored. Guided tours showing the lifestyle of the rich and aristocratic!