A walk around Warrnambool
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.
Download the Sustainable travel map of Warrnambool
The Promenade links the historic Breakwater to Logans Beach. The sealed pathway starts with great views at the 1890 Breakwater, passes Lake Pertobe, follows around Lady Bay (it can be tempting to divert to the beach), crosses the mouth of the Hopkins River estuary, and ends at the whale nursery at Logans Beach. The path is suitable for all forms of wheeled transport including bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs and pushers.
The Lake Pertobe Adventure Park 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.
CBD Heritage Trail
Warrnambool is home to many historic buildings and the CBD has a cluster of sites and heritage buildings that have been linked in a three-km trail that wanders through the city streets. There are fine churches, hotels and examples of 19th century commercial and civic architecture dating back to the 1850s.
The Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail
A 37 km rail trail, suitable for cyclists and walkers, follows the route of the disused railway line that loops between Port Fairy, Koroit and Warrnambool skirting the northern side of Tower Hill. There are three main trailheads: at the Warrnambool Breakwater, at Koroit, and at the visitor information centre at Port Fairy. The route travels through farming country, woodlands, wetlands and sand dunes. There are views of Tower Hill, the Merri River and great sea views.
Thunder Point Coastal Walk
The Thunder Point Walk is an outstanding walk alongside the coast and coastal wetlands, with great views of the Merri River estuary, and a rocky shoreline. From the Breakwater, walk towards the river and the white sands of tiny Stingray Bay at the river mouth. During low tide, this sheltered area is ideal for a swim or a picnic. A footbridge takes you across the river to Thunder Point Coastal Reserve with its weathered sandstone cliffs and rockpools. The walk continues to Pickering Point and Shelly Beach.
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.