Located towards the western end of the spectacular Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is in a prime location for either starting or ending a trip along one of the world’s most scenic drives. Take a few days to chill out in one of our excellent Warrnambool hotels and enjoy the many great attractions and activities all around from your comfortable and convenient base. Even if you don’t plan on driving along the Great Ocean Road Warrnambool is still a pretty neat place for a last minute getaway in lovely Victoria.History
Originally the home of indigenous Aboriginal people, Warrnambool is named after a close by volcanic cone. Local stories say that Europeans first visited the area in the 1600s, although there is no solid proof of this. Europeans were definitely in the area though from the early 1800s. Whaling was a popular activity in Warrnambool, and it saw great expansion and development during the Victorian Gold Rush.
Visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and take a fascinating journey back in time to the days when many ships were lost in the unforgiving waters.Things to do
If you want to relax and chill out there are pretty beaches close to hand. If you’re feeling more active there are also some great surfing spots and diving activities. Culture vultures can muse in the local museums to learn about the history of the region and admire beautiful works in the art galleries.For nature lovers, head to one of the fab lookout points for incredible views – you may even see whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins swimming in the open sea. Don’t miss the exciting sound and laser show. To get even closer to nature head to the beautiful Tower Hill State Game Reserve. Located inside an extinct volcano you can see kangaroos, koalas, emus, and more. If you’re craving some peace and quiet the botanic gardens are just perfect! Shopping and dining
There are many nice places to fill your belly and also a good selection of shops in the CBD. If cheese and wine are the perfect palate pick me up, you’re in luck - the local wineries and terrific Cheeseworld offer fantastic taste sensations!Getting here and around
A cheap flight to Melbourne is the easiest way to get here if you’re not driving along the Great Ocean Road. Be inspired and make big savings with our great flights and bargain Warrnambool accommodation.Image from Julian Frost