SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
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, boating, rock pooling. The 6yr old says she wants to make a sand castle on the beach, go swimming and boogie boarding and catch a movie and go shopping. 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 on the beach, have a picnic in the gardens 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!
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.
See the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village come to life and experience the stories told through projections onto a nine-metre water wall.
Be taken on a journey into a past where those seeking a new life in Australia braved the perils of the Southern Ocean and where the livelihoods of men depended on capturing the largest mammals the world has ever seen.
Shows are suitable for all ages.
Shows begin at dusk, with start times changing seasonally. The show is not weather dependant and runs rain, hail or shine. The Wharf Theatre is open fronted so warm clothing in cooler months is a recommended
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.
Fishing is about so much more than catching a fish. While it is certainly the main aim of the activity, the experience offers so many other benefits.
It is a great way to spend a day in the fresh sea air and take in the spectacular coastal scenery. Whether you chose the freshwater of the lakes and rivers or the expanse of the ocean, you can take in the beautiful landscapes and maybe spot some wildlife while you wait.
The Middle Island Maremma Project is a unique environmental program that uses a special breed of Maremma dogs to protect birds and penguins from fox and dog predation. The Maremma breed has been used in Italy for centuries to protect domestic animals, but wild birds were a new challenge.
A local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the penguins. Swampy had successfully used Maremma's to help protect his free range chickens.
Tower Hill Reserve
Tower Hill, just to the west of Warrnambool, is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria. It has an important place in local Aboriginal history and it teems with wildlife.
Tower Hill is an enormous volcanic crater rimmed by beds of volcanic ash. The swampy floor of the crater is punctuated by conical hills which, after good rains, virtually become islands surrounded by a shallow lake.
The inside of the crater, and the island-hills are now a wildlife reserve and there are substantial populations of native birds and wildlife. It's easy to see koalas, kangaroos, emus and much more.
There are also guided interactive walks (1 hour duration) led by experienced guides with specific knowledge about the volcano, indigenous lifestyles, wildlife and flora. Visitors will see native animals, learn about bush tucker and gain understanding of the rich local Aboriginal heritage.
Night walks are also offered. There are often dramatic sunsets from the rim of the volcano, and many Australian animals are more active in the evenings and at night. A guided night walk will reveal a wide range of nocturnal wildlife and reveal what happens in the animal world after dark.
Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre
The outstanding visitor centre, designed by the celebrated architect Robin Boyd, features cultural displays and aboriginal crafts, including a range that are locally produced. The centre is by the Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative. Founded in 1992, the cooperative is a not-for-profit organisation which harmonises contemporary artistic creation and nature-based tourism.
Victoria's Largest Maritime Museum and Village
Flagstaff Hill is a state heritage listed site overlooking the beautiful Lady Bay. Today you can explore the site and gain a glimpse into our regions maritime heritage.
The Maritime Village is both a living historical village that displays the life of a 19th century port and town, and holder of Victoria's largest maritime shipwreck collection, it occupies a beautiful site, tumbling down the bluff towards Lady Bay. You can explore the village area that has over 40 buildings and vessels spread over 10 hectares. Explore at your own pace or take the fun (and educational) Sea Chest Challenge Trail. All kids receive a bag of nibbles for the farm animals that they will discover as they explore.
Lady Bay Foreshore
Warrnambool has its history based around the busy Lady Bay port. Today whilst the port has reduced in activity we now celebrate Lady Bay for its beautiful environment and views from a range of locations.
The Foreshore 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 prams.
Mini Golf by the Sea
Try your luck at Mini Golf by the Sea. Located adjacent to the spectacular foreshore and beside Warrnambool's famous Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground! Home of the famous jumping pillow fun for the entire family!
Everyone loves a market! Warrnambool host a number of excellent markets, including the:
Undercover Weekly Market ... Held every Sunday at the Warrnambool Showgrounds, with approximately 70 stalls inside and 20-30 stalls outside in the finer weather. Stalls range from secondhand goods to food to clothing.
The Fletcher Jones Market located within the Old Fletcher Jones Clothing Factory, has a variety of stallholders who offer a wide variety of affordable, quality new and used items. Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 5pm.
Twilight market and movies at Lake Pertobe. For a great night out during the month of January, join us for a great variety of fabulous market stalls plus delicious food, boutique beer and wine. After the sun sets and the Twilight Markets finish, it’s time to settle in for a film under the stars. Bring your own camping chairs, blankets and picnic or enjoy light refreshments available on site.
Hopkins Falls are set in lush dairy country. They make an ideal picnic, fishing and walking spot, with gas BBQs and toilets provided. For a few days in early summer each year, the falls are the scene for one of nature's most extraordinary migrations, as short-finned eels negotiate the falls on their migration to and from their spawning grounds in the Coral Sea (3000 km away).
The Hopkins River mouth (and Blue Hole) with its beautiful cliffs, rock formations and rock pools is a popular fishing spot. In late spring, short-finned eels can sometimes gather in huge numbers waiting for access to the sea on their journey to the Coral Sea. Just up from the river mouth, boating, water-skiing and swimming are possible. The National Trust-classified Proudfoots Boathouse is nearby.
Warrnambool is home to a world class BMX track capable of hosting major competitions and providing a top training base for elite competitors. The Warrnambool BMX Club, with support from the Warrnambool City Council and the State Government, has completed the installation of asphalt berms (angled track turns).
The track, located in South Warrnambool, is one of only two facilities in Victoria to have bitumen berms, which are considered global best practice. The track is open to the public as well as home to the very progressive Warrnambool BMX Club.