3 Days

Explore Greatopia’s Warrnambool

There are so many great ways to spend the weekend in this city overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean.

Welcome to Warrnambool

Day 1

  • Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre

    Start your time in town by talking to the locals at the Visitor Information Centre. As a staff member finds your tickets for the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village, marvel at the foreshore view from the balcony and take a ‘first stop’ photo.


  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum & Village:

    Flagstaff Hill was built around the 1858 state heritage listed Warrnambool Lighthouse and is now home to Australia’s richest collection of shipwreck artefacts from some of the 200 ships known to have been wrecked along this coast. You’ll transport yourself back to the 1800s and experience the viewpoints of passengers making the journey to Australia by boat, wonder how a lighthouse keeper and his gaggle of children lived in such a small home, and question how the Loch Ard Peacock statue, now valued at $4.5 million, was able to make it through a shipwreck unscathed.


    Feel your stress slip away as you step into the restorative mineral salts and feel the natural heat of the earth drawn therapeutic waters at Deep Blue Hot Springs. A bathing session will blissfully ease you into holiday mode as you make your way through the steamy open-air sanctuary. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in the rainforest pool inspired by the nearby Otway’s, relax in the aromatic lavender mists, indulge the senses in the illuminated colour therapy caves and gaze at the stars in the shallow pools of Reflection Bay. You won’t want to leave and luckily you don’t have to, you can dine and stay at the Deep Blue Hotel too.


    The best time for whale watching in Warrnambool is between June and September. It’s when the female Southern Right Whales head to the sheltered shores of Lady Bay to give birth to their young, it’s a naturally protected playground for their calves. Watch from the custom-built viewing platforms at Logan Beach as these majestic animals put on a spectacular show – tail slapping, frolicking and waving as they lounge around in what they find to be warm waters! Pop in to see the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre for notifications on whale sightings.


    Want more wow even after the whales? Located 15km from Warrnambool, the 90m wide, 12m tall Hopkins Falls is well worth the drive. Winter is the best time to view these curtain-like falls and the two viewing platforms even have their own camera stands to help you snap an Insta-worthy shot. Take the easy path to the pools below making sure to keep an eye out for the baby eels jumping out of the rocky ledges… they are making their winter migration too.


    Warrnambool is a city by the sea, complete with Melbourne-esque hidden laneways and cafes. Local artists have turned these hidey-holes into a maze of unexpected artworks with new pieces appearing nearly every week. Grab a coffee, check out the interactive map and get walking on this self-guided street art tour. You’ll discover over 26 pieces that tell rich stories of Warrnambool’s history while they lead you to some of the best watering holes in town.


    Keep your culture tour alive at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. WAG began in 1886 with an eclectic mix of artworks and today has a 5,000+ piece collection – ranging from European Salon and Colonial Paintings of the 1800s, Indigenous artefacts, Melbourne Modernists of the 40s and an ever-expanding catalogue of contemporary works.


    Proudfoots by the River is a great choice for dinner, situated in a historic boathouse on the banks of the majestic Hopkins River, Proudfoots By The River offers Warrnambool’s only on-the-water dining experience. Take in the picturesque views while you enjoy a meal in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.


    This part of the world can get some wild winter weather and it was incredible to witness the 10m swells of the Southern Ocean crashing over the Warrnambool Breakwater. Watch where you stand or the sea might give you an unexpected shower as well as a spectacular show.

    For a scenic stroll make your way over the river via the footbridge towards Thunder Point Coastal Reserve. You’ll pass the river estuary, wetlands, the white beach of Stingray Bay and Middle Island – home to a colony of Fairy Penguin and their guardian Marrema dogs. This area is famous for its sandstone cliffs, tiny bays, rockpools and the spectacular 360 views – Merri River, Lady Bay and Breakwater to your right, the South Warrnambool wetlands straight ahead and the scrubland of Thunder Point to your left with the deep blue of the Southern Ocean behind.


    You can’t leave without pulling up a stool at the Cally Hotel. The comfortable spaces and relaxed atmosphere make The Cally a popular spot for both chilled and lively nights out. You may just find yourself staying out for a gig after your delicious meal.

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