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Wonthaggi - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located 132 kms south-east of Melbourne, Wonthaggi was opened as a State Coal Mining town in 1908. Famous as an historic coal mining town, with a name said to derive from the local Aboriginal language and meaning either ‘home’ or ‘to pull along’, Wonthaggi is 40 m above sea level. It is also the main shopping centre for the Bass Coast region.

Displayed in front the Wonthaggi Hotel are the giant jaw bones of a 32 metre whale that was washed up on a beach nearby in 1923. There are several reserves and parks, and a tree-lined boulevard and war memorial.

With Inverloch just to the east, Wonthaggi provides a great resting stop before continuing onto Phillip Island and Melbourne.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Wonthaggi Information Centre
73 Watt Street
Ph: 03 5671 2444

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