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A Long Weekend with Kids in Warrnambool
there is so much more to discover in this beautifully untamed part of Australia. The historic former port city of Warrnambool is located right at the end of this famous drive and proves to be a great destination in its own right. With many family-friendly sights and attractions, activities and delicious food options, why not plan a long weekend away in Warrnambool with a return trip via the famous Great Ocean Road?Read more
Sesame Street Circus comes to town
The magic of Sesame Street will be brought to life for Warrnambool audiences with a brand-new show. The Sesame Street Circus Spectacular had its successful Australian premiere in Melbourne, and will now travel to Warrnambool for shows in March 2020. The 90-minute show will feature Sesame Street favourites such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, and Super Grover.Read more
Self Guided Street Art Tour
Follow the numbers from 1 to 26, through hidden laneways and unexpected spaces to find the art and soul of Warrnambool. All the artworks hold rich stories of Warrnambool's past, many paying homage to legends who have left their mark and some capturing the cheeky spirit of this city by the sea.Read more
World First Geo-located Travel Podcast
It's free and simple to use. When Storytowns is launched Christmas Day, go to the website, choose a podcast tour to your liking, then your phone will instantly connect with google maps and take you on a podcast adventure around the Warrnambool region.Read more
Enjoy city lifestyle experiences wrapped up in the spectacular beauty and wild nature of the raw Southern Ocean. Warrnambool offers opportunities for relaxation, refined refreshments and a new sense of playfulness, adventure and rejuvenation...
You are planning the spring holiday around the dinner table – the 9yr old says he wants to do all the activities, surfing, mini golf, fishing. The 6yr old says she wants to make a sand castle, go swimming and catch a movie. Your other half wants to stay somewhere close to the centre of town so there isn’t too much driving and can relax with a local drop and spend a few hours at a museum or gallery – and you?
Well you just want everyone to have a great holiday and read your new book and enjoy a crayfish dinner. Lucky you don’t have to think too hard about where to go as you know Warrnambool can tick all the boxes for everyone!
Walk in the footsteps of the indigenous Gunditjmara Nation of people at Tower Hill National Park, watch Southern Right Whales return home to give birth and raise their calves, meet the Maremma dogs commissioned to protect the Little Penguins on Middle Island or discover by bike or foot the many parks and reserves protecting native flora and fauna.
Walking, running, playgrounds, fishing and so much more. Discover your next outdoor adventure today.
The extraordinary environment around Warrnambool has inspired a creative response from generations of artists, writers, musicians, craftspeople and artisans. With numerous galleries, markets and retail stores offering handmade items and art pieces for visitors to take home and treasure. Download our gallery and market guide today.
History & Heritage
Warrnambool is located along the infamous Shipwreck Coast with many shipwrecks occurring within the vicinity of our Lady Bay. Admire the beauty of Proudfoots historic boathouse, our state heritage listed lighthouse precinct or pay a visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and make a day of it. Alternatively, follow our cbd heritage trail and take in our historic buildings, gardens, and landmarks.
Eat & Drink
High quality local produce is celebrated in many of Warrnambool’s best restaurants, cafes and bistros. The resulting food matches the best you can find in Melbourne, with a wide array of Australian and multicultural options. And the prices will make you smile.
There are also plenty of interesting shops where you can can stock up on tasty delights. The local bakeries, butchers, delicatessens and fruiterers are exceptional.
The Great South West Food & Wine Group promotes the diversity and quality of the food and wine produced in the region - from the Otway Ranges in the east, to the South Australian border in the west, and the Grampians in the north
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village reopened to the public after a $2.95 million dollar upgrade in June 2017. During this period our amazing attraction underwent major upgrades and renovations throughout the venue, including the installation of a brand new light and sound show. With the welcome addition of further activation and so much more to explore, there has never been a better time to visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Call into the Visitor information Centre and discover the best kept secrets from the locals. A: 89 Merri St, Warrnambool P:1800 637 725 Open 7 days 9.00am-5.00pm, closed Xmas Day.
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Conferences & Functions & Events Planning
Warrnambool is the event capital of the Great Ocean Road. The city by the sea offers delegates everything you would expect from a bustling city but without the enormous cost.
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Meet the Maremmas
The Meet the Maremma Experience is fun, educational and interactive. You will learn about Little Penguins and the importance of conserving them. You will also learn how this world first project uses Maremma dogs to look after the penguin colony on Middle Island.
Book your ticket to the Sound and Light Show ‘Tale of the Shipwreck Coast’. Tales of the Shipwreck Coast is told through light projections onto a massive wall of water from the Village lake and the village buildings themselves. It weaves three true stories of the past, from local Aboriginal dreamtime, to the tales of whalers and the infamous wreck of the Loch Ard. It runs on dusk every night and it’s best to book to avoid disappointment.
Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right Whales return to the waters of Warrnambool's Logans Beach to calve. The whales often swim within a hundred meters of the shore. They can be viewed from a specially constructed platform in the sand dunes or from the beach.