Butterfly Farm is situated close to the magnificent scenery of the Shipwreck Coast, within easy driving distance of several coastal and hinterland centres.
The Twelve Apostles
The Shipwreck Coast’s most recognisable and famous feature, these sandstone sentinels off the coast are succumbing, one by one, to the ceaseless pounding of the Southern Ocean.
When you have marvelled at the Apostles from the windswept viewing platforms, explore the visitor centre, or take an exhilarating helicopter ride for a different view of the Apostles and coastline.
Scene of the tragic shipwreck of the barque Children in in 1839, this small cove is a beautiful spot for picnicking, diving or swimming. The nearby Murnane's Bay can also be explored.
Bay of Islands
Spectacular offshore rock stacks dot this wide bay. Strikingly-beautiful on sunny days, it is also one of the best places on the coast to experience the raw power of the wind and sea during stormy winter weather. In calm weather it's a popular offshore fishing spot.
A sweeping view along the rugged coastal cliffs. The Antares was wrecked in 1914 east of the viewing area on the cliff-top. Tragically, the shipwreck went almost unnoticed, the only person to see the ship's distress flares having his story dismissed as a joke.
A peaceful holiday village beside the wide estuary of the Curdies River. Ideal for a lazy day fishing on the river, a round of golf on the cliff-top course (watch the water hazard... it's called the Southern Ocean!) or wandering along the beach or cliff-tops to take in the ever-changing ocean views.
Famous for its cheeses, strawberries and ice cream, Timboon is at the heart of a picturesque dairying district. Wander through bushland and over historic trestle railway bridges along the Rail Trail that leads inland towards Cobden and Camperdown, once bustling with trainloads of timber from Timboon's sawmills.
Timboon is also a great starting point for the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail - sample the fine wines, cheeses and chocolates from local artisans!
Take off on a spectacular journey through the tree-tops of the beautiful Otways rainforest via the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, a 600-metre long walkway, 25 metres above the forest floor.
Or fly through the trees with the greatest of ease on the zip-line tour, a guaranteed adrenalin rush!
The placid Curdies River is also an ideal spot to try fishing for black bream or yellow-eyed mullet. Thinking of improving the garden when you get home? Boggy Creek Garden Ornaments can provide you with all your garden needs, including pots, fountains and statues.
For years, this feature was called London Bridge, as it boasted two arched spans reaching from a headland to form a graceful natural bridge. On a fateful evening in 1990, the inner span collapsed without warning, stranding two sightseers on the now separated island. After several very cold and windswept hours, they were rescued by helicopter.
Many more attractions on the Shipwreck Coast, including Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell and Cape Otway are all within easy driving distance.
To the west is Warrnambool, the hub city of the Shipwreck Coast, and historic Port Fairy, world-famous for its annual folk music festival which brings artists from far and wide, plus a colorful array of stalls to browse!
Between Warrnambool and Port Fairy is the huge dormant volcano of Tower Hill. Now a haven for wildlife, it's a spectacular reminder of the district's violent geological past.
Inland, to the north of Butterfly Farm, are the lakes, mountains and craters of Victoria's volcanic trail, with historic towns such as Camperdown and Terang to visit and explore.