Beaches of Warrnambool

Swim, surf, sun and some silliness. Warrnambool is surrounded by coastline offing a mix of protected swimming beaches, exposed surf breaks and fun exploration. Did you know there are over 29 known, although not all found, shipwrecks in the area?

Running between the Breakwater and the famous whale nursery at Logans Beach, is the award-winning Foreshore Promenade. The Foreshore Promenade is a scenic trail popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. Take a towel, stop off for a surf or swim, and don't forget your camera.

Warrnambool walks

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.

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Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground

The Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is paradise for kids with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. There are lovely walking tracks around the lakes, and the park features delightful picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities.

The Lake Pertobe precinct is also home to other sporting facilities including tennis courts, mini golf, an athletics track and a skateboard park.

Walking & Cycling Warrnambool

Slow down! What's the rush, you're on holiday. Ditch the car, and explore the streets, parks, beaches and trails of Warrnambool by foot or bike.

Including the 37km Port Fairy to Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail and 5.7km Promenade Boardwalk, Warrnambool is well suited to the more primitive methods of exploration.

Take in the views, breath in the sea air and enjoy the sun on your back. There's nothing more relaxing than taking your time.

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Surfing Like a Local

Known for its ferocity, the Southern Ocean produces waves year round. Whilst many of the exposed breaks west of Cape Otway are for expert only surfers, Warrnambool offers one of the few beach breaks suitable for beginners.

For beginners, try Warrnambool or Port Fairy (East) Beach. Surfing lessons are available from a few companies including Go Surf.

Diving Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Coast

Warrnambool is a great base to explore the underwater wonders of the Shipwreck Coast.

We have multiple dive schools that can equip you with all the gear required, and give you the local knowledge that will enhance your experience.

The Merri Marine Sanctuary is a stunning playground right at our doorstep - and it can be accessed from the shore. Divers can enjoy an incredible range of marine life and awesome reef formations. Please note the sanctuary area has a "no take zone policy". There are, however, many other sites where crayfish and other fish can be taken.

Warrnambool Golf Club

Warrnambool is home to one of Australia's most beautiful golf courses, and home to the famous local, Marc Leishman.

The Warrnambool Golf Course is a public access facility located within 2km of the city CBD. It makes for an ideal destination for the dedicated golf tourist, social golfing groups or family holiday makers.

Address: Younger Street, Warrnambool
Club House PH: +61 3 5562 2108
Pro Shop PH: + 61 3 5562 8528

Gone Fishing

Ahhh the tall tales that are shared after a fishing expedition from the ones that got away, to the reason that the ones that were caught aren’t bigger. There is nothing more relaxing (some may say frustrating) than dropping in a line and watching the world go by as you wait for the fish to bite. 

See what’s biting off the breakwater, fish from the beach or maybe try the fresh waters of the Hopkins or Merri Rivers. For boat fishing, launching ramps are available at the Breakwater, Hopkins River or Merri River.

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Horse Training

At the Warrnambool beach, horses are able to work on the foreshore, wade in the water and swim behind a row boat. 

Visitors are welcome to sit and enjoy an early morning coffee or breakfast at the nearby café, whilst watching the horses work along the foreshore.