Walking and cycling paths and trails around Warrnambool link natural wonders, heritage sites, parks and beaches. The fresh air is a bonus! There are walks suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and mobility. Information on all these walks is available from the Visitor Information Centre or by downloadable map.
Find a feast that fits your palate and budget. Warrnambool has an array of dining options from signature CBD restaurants through to casual cafes with stunning ocean views. Locally sourced fresh produce and wines are proudly showcased on many of the menus.
Groups and special occasions are expertly catered for with many venues offering decadent degustation menus and other venues offering the opulence of high tea.
The rolling hills, rich volcanic soil and deep blue sea of Warrnambool is home to some of Victoria’s most well kept secrets. Some of the finest produce and foodie stories are being generated here.
Basalt Wines is a member of this forward thinking collective and offers daily tastings at the Cellar Door during spring (seasonal times apply, check for details) accompanied by some French/Spanish inspired tapas. The vineyard was establish in 2003 and for the several years has been actively involved in biodynamic conversion and production. The winery is located just 15kms outside Warrnambool in a little hamlet called Killarney settled by - you guessed it - Irish potato farmers in the 1850s. Drop in and try some of the biodynamic range.
Open for CELLAR DOOR and BAR SNACKS
Monday to Sunday: from 10am
Address: 1131 Princes Hwy, Killarney
Phone: +61 429 682 251
After dark - Bars
As the biggest city on the Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool has a diverse mix of after dark activities from bars with sink in comfy chairs, to raging dance floors and late night cocktails. For live music enthusiast, Warrnambool also plays host to local and travelling artists.
The Last Coach, The Loft, Ryan Hotel and Seanchai Irish Pub are just to name a few.
Join Warrnambool at festival time and make the most of the lively vibe care of the city by the sea. Some of the calendar highlights include school holiday specific programmes that provide endless hours of entertainment and laughter for the family -
- Wunta Fiesta
- Flagstaff Hill Autumn Holiday Program
- Powercor Tour de Depot
- May Racing Carnival
- Fun4Kids Festival
- Warrnambool Show
Find out 'What's On' when you're next visiting Warrnambool.
The extraordinary environment around Warrnambool has inspired a creative response from generations of artists, writers, musicians, craftspeople and artisans.
From the classical genius of Eugene Von Guerard, in a major regional gallery, to a wide variety of private galleries and workshops there is an astonishing variety of visual arts and crafts on display.
Fletcher Jones Market
The Fletcher Jones Market is located within the Old Fletcher Jones Clothing Factory and is conveniently located on the main highway coming into Warrnambool from the Eastern approach. Park in Flaxman Street and access the Market with a stroll through the Heritage Listed Gardens. There is ample parking for Buses at the rear of the building in Lava Street with easy access to the Market. A great stopping point for visitors and bus groups. Fletcher Jones has for your selection collectables antiques, memorabilla, recycled, retro, fine china, clothing art, glass, jewellery, old & interesting books, records, gift ware. Public Toilets within the market.
Market opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Address: Fletcher Jones Gardens Princes Highway, Warrnambool
The Lighthouse Theatre is south west Victoria's premier cultural and entertainment centre. It is a beacon for drama, music, dance and comedy, attracting performers of national and international renown.
After a 9.3 million dollar redevelopment, the theatre has injected a new life into the heart of Warrnambool's CBD and secured the cultural vitality of the city for decades to come.
Located within the CBD, The Lighthouse Theatre is close to accommodation venues, restaurants and other attractions, making it a perfect option for a great night out.
Address: 185 Timor St, Warrnambool
Phone: +61 3 5559 4999
Allansford Cheese World
Across the road from the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory, in the heart of a major dairy farming region, Cheese World brings together a museum, free cheese tastings, a licensed restaurant, and a wide selection of local and regional wines.
Enjoy award-winning cheeses then step back in time! The museum is a tribute to the local region's hard-working farming families. It houses an extensive collection of farm implements and household items from everyday farm life in the early 1900s. 2016 commemorates the company's 125 year anniversary, and the Museum is featuring stories and artefacts outlining the company's major achievements from early beginnings to today. The 125 year historical display incorporates a timeline recognising the journey and transitions of the company and a pictorial information book featuring significant dairy farming families with early connections to the factory.
Cheese factory opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Address: : 5330 Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool
Phone: +61 3 5565 3130
Awarded with an Australian Good Food Guide Chef's Hat, the Picked Pig is bringing fun and contemporary flavours to Warrnambool, in an intimate black-and-white dining room.
Picked Pig offers a seasonally changing menu in an ambitious and well presented modern European style. Highlights include the pan-fried cured pork belly with pumpkin, pomegranate and radish for starters while sides such as the moreish roast pumpkin with chilli caramel are just as delicious as mains like the succulent lamb rack with eggplant, grains, cucumber and kale.
Degustation nights, which are popular with locals and tourists, are also available if you feel like sampling a bit of everything.
Address: 7 Liebig St, Warrnambool
Phone: +61 3 5561 3188