Situated on the Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is a charming coastal port with plenty of beaches nearby, great dining options and the ability to reach the thriving city of Melbourne with ease.
The town itself is compact and easy to walk around. Visitors can learn all about its history at the fascinating Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum – and hear stories of shipwrecks and pioneer survival. There are also great dining options, none better than the delicacies on offer at Allansford Cheese World, and the town also offers some spectacular events, such as the Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show.
However, the real attractions of this fine destination are related to the sea. Head out on charter boats to watch whales or to spend a leisurely day sport fishing. Take a diving course and descend to the many shipwrecks just off the coast around Warrnambool, and witness the stunning marine life of the Merri Marine Sanctuary.
Back on land, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Hire bikes and cycle some of the Shipwreck Coast, wander down the Promenade which links the town to beautiful Logan’s Beach, or rent a car and visit Lake Pertrobe where you can fish, swim and visit a superb adventure park. Play golf, ride rollercoasters and enjoy the barbecue food at one of Australia’s premier family attractions.
Melbourne is also easily accessible from Warrnambool, and is well worth a visit. See some Australian Rules Football at the MCG as well as sights like Flinders Street Station before enjoying a world-class meal in the Docklands district, all within a few hours of your hotel.
Of course, you don’t need to leave Warrnambool with everything that it has to offer. With its boutiques and surf shops, its beautiful coast and wholesome cuisine, the resort will satisfy anyone seeking an Aussie getaway.
Summer is the ideal time to stretch out on the beach, hit the golf course and picnic on the Shipwreck Coast, and lasts between November and March. For slightly lower temperatures and accommodation bargains, try visiting in April and May, or September and October. For divers and fishing fans, a winter break in July and August could be an even better (and cheaper) option worth considering.
A rental car is really essential to get the most out of a stay in Warrnambool, and be aware that parking in the town is metered (though not expensive). However, a train service links the city with Melbourne and other coastal destinations, and buses operate across the town as well.