Top 5 Winter Highlights
Winter Whale Trail
Grey skies and rainy days can really blow, but that’s a good thing when you’re travelling alongside pods of playful whales, spectacular coastlines, remarkable limestone structures and spirited landscapes, all while the crowds of summer fade.
Winter brings the Great Ocean Road to life. The vibrant symphony of the rain forest adds to the powerful drama of the ocean-meets-cliff theatrics, while whales arrive to bask in the warmer waters of the Southern Ocean.Read more
Tom Ballard's Favourite Places in Warrnambool
Australian comedian and presenter Tom Ballard, grew up in Warrnambool. He's co-hosted the triple j breakfast show, has taken his live stand up across the globe, and is the host of 'Tonightly with Tom Ballard' on ABC Comedy. Join Tom as he guides you through his hometown favourites.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 summer 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.
Plan your visit
Take the worry out of planning your trip, look over the suggested itineraries that cover the local coffee spots, beaches and lookouts.
Discover the hidden secrets of Warrnambool from holiday makers. Tips on trips with kids, the best spot to eat or things to do on a rainy day.
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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.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
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.
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