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Cannon Hill

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published November 29th 2011
If you want to get a good look at what Warrnambool has to offer, the Cannon Hill scenic lookout is a great place to start. Popular with locals and visitors alike, Cannon Hill is located at the top end of Liebig St, the main drag of the CBD, and is so named for the artillery installed there during the mid-1800s due to preparations for possible Russian invasion.

Cannon Hill Warrnambool
View of Lake Pertobe, The Lady Bay and The Breakwater from the top of Cannon Hill.

Now home to display cannons from the First and Second World Wars, the site is no longer a place to lie in wait for enemy attack, but a lovely location to get together with friends, check out the scenery across the city and the Lady Bay, and to pay tribute to our veterans.

Cannon Hill
One of the cannons of Cannon Hill.

As well as the trophy artillery, Cannon Hill also features the city's war memorials, including Warrnambool's infamous Dirty Angel statue, and a collection of monuments commemorating the early Portuguese exploration of the South West.

Cannon Hill Monument
The Portuguese monument with a backdrop of Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground and The Lady Bay.

A walking path leads to the Portuguese monuments from the BBQ and picnic pavilion at the top of the hill, then down around Pertobe Road, making it an ideal starting point for a summer stroll after a lunch spent admiring the view and spotting a few cheeky rabbits.

Cannon Hill View of Lake Pertobe
View of Lake Pertobe from Cannon Hill.

The picnic area provides one of the best vantage points of the city. With views sweeping Merrivale and the huge Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, across to Warrnambool Beach, The Warrnambool Breakwater and far out to sea, it's a great place to take in the sites before you even leave the CBD.
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Why? Have a picnic and check out the icons of Warrnambool all at once.
When: Anytime.
Where: Just off Artillery Crescent, Warrnambool.
Cost: Free, including free parking.
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