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Warrnambool

Marvel at Warrnambool's captivating position, nestled into the rising contour of Victoria's south-west coast amid green dairying country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. Breathe in the sea air with a stroll along the foreshore promenade, then pause for breakfast with a view at the Pavilion Cafe and Bar.

Shipwrecks and volcanoes

Discover the turbulent history of the Shipwreck Coast on a visit to the award winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Admire the historic lighthouses and see the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 brought to life with a fascinating sound and laser show.

Explore the ancient geological history of the region at Tower Hill, just 14 km west of Warrnambool. Located in an extinct volcano crater, Tower Hill Reserve is a haven for native flora and fauna. Join Indigenous guides on a tour through the reserve to see kangaroos, emus and koalas up close and learn about the local Aboriginal culture.

A whale of a time

Find a spot at the viewing platform at Logans Beach and be the first to catch a glimpse of a fluking southern right whale. These giants return every June to October to their nursery at the beach to give birth and raise their calves. They can often be seen just 100 metres off the shore, but make time for multiple visits.

Kick up your heels

Delve into the vibrant arts and events scene, concentrated at the south end of Liebig Street, and enjoy fine food at excellent restaurants serving the best and freshest local produce. Check out the Warnnambool Art gallery and discuss the work over a boutique brew at award-winning Flying Horse Bar & Brewery. Bring the family to the Fun 4 Kids Festival, one of Australia's best community events celebrating imagination and creative spirit, for children aged 2–12 years.

If you're after a festive day at the races, stop by for the Warrnambool May Race Carnival, featuring the popular Scotty Stewart Brierly Steeplechase.

Beach bound

Make a beeline for one of the many spectacular beaches surrounding the bustling township during the summer months. Dive in for a spot of swimming or surfing, or just take a slow wander along the beach in the sun.

Get the gang together for an experience to remember. Join a tour and take a ride on horseback through the sand dunes and out along the rugged beaches lining the Southern Ocean.

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Warrnambool

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Markets

Warrnambool Independent Traders Market

Warrnambool Independent Traders Market has over 40 individual stallholders offering a wide variety of affordable, quality new and used items, it is...

Walking & hiking

Mahogany Walking Track

Walk from Warrnambool to Port Fairy past the last known resting place of the elusive Mahogany Ship and spot echidnas, bird life and whales on the way.

Art galleries

Merri View Gallery

Merri View Gallery is run by the Warrnambool and District Artists Society, to showcase the work of local artists. They have regular exhibitions...

Water sports

Scuba diving

Grab your mask and take a dive at some of Australia's greatest but least known sites along the Great Ocean Road, including shipwrecks and caves.

Local produce

Cheese World and Museum

Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through offering tastings and sales of the award winning Warrnambool Heritage Cheddar, Cracker Barrel,...

Spa & wellbeing

Deep Water Spa & Hot Springs

Located in Warrnambool, Deep Water Spa & Hot Springs is a luxurious day spa and bath house and has an endless list of pampering possibilities and...

National parks & reserves

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano.

Lakes & waterways

Hopkins Falls

See water drop like a curtain across the 90-metre wide Hopkins Falls, a short drive from Warrnambool. Watch for baby eels during the winter migration.

Wildlife and zoos

Whale watching

Watch these breathtaking mammals, the southern right whale and blue whale, from the shoreline as they migrate to the coast of Victoria each year.

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Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.

Water sports

Surfing

Surf the west coast of Victoria at beaches in the Great Ocean Road region from the famed breaks of Bells Beach to the wild waves beyond Discovery Bay.

History and heritage

Maritime history

Discover the dramatic coastline of the Great Ocean Road region that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime history.

Things to do

Family activities

Pack the car and drive through the Great Ocean Road region with the kids and find a range of fun activities for the whole family both indoors and out.