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Warrnambool
Travel Guide

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village which includes a lighthouse, signage and a bay or harbour

Discover the captivating coastline that fronts this historic town, where the pretty shores of the Southern Ocean shelter a whale nursery and old shipwrecks.

Warrnambool is a city with plenty of heritage charm on Victoria’s southwest coast. Stroll around the historic city center or make your way down to the main beach for a swim. Check out the platform that presents sweeping views of the coast and spot whales during the calving season. Learn about the city’s rich maritime heritage at a recreated 19th-century port and relax amid the greenery of the city’s parks and gardens.

A short walking tour around Warrnambool’s city center will reveal the city’s collection of preserved 19th-century buildings. Check out the Post Office and the Courthouse or stroll along the grand promenade beneath the shade of tall Norfolk pines.

If the sun is shining, make your way to the patrolled waters of Bathing Beach at the top of Lady Bay. Play in the shallows or relax on the sands. Behind the beach is the Lake Pertobe Adventure Park, which has plenty of activities for a day of fun, with playgrounds, gym equipment and a lake crisscrossed by footbridges. Take out a paddleboat or grill some lunch at the park’s barbecues. The western side of Lady Bay is popular for fishing and the breakwater beside the mouth of the Merri River provides more sheltered swimming areas.

Nearby Logans Beach is situated at the mouth of the Hopkins River and a whale-watching hot spot. Visit the observation deck between June and November for the best chance of seeing southern right whales and their calves. Pack a picnic and head to the pretty Botanic Gardens, featuring a large lily pond, a fernery and a heritage rotunda.

Find out about the vessels that met their fate on the famed Shipwreck Coast when you visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Ask staff at the village about viewing times for the Shipwrecked! sound and laser show that tells of the Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878.

Venture out to Tower Hill to see kangaroos, emus and koalas, as well as learn about the local indigenous cultural heritage of the region.

Warrnambool is a 3-hour drive west from Melbourne. The city is also accessible via the city’s regional train network. Summer beach fun and winter wildlife spotting make Warrnambool a year-round attraction.

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
4.5 out of 5
Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £95 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Middle Island, Warrnambool Beach and Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground. Flagstaff Hill ...
4.3/5Excellent! (943 reviews)
"Really enjoyed my stay. The king ocean view rooms were divine. The bed was so comfy. Great breakfast at the on site restaurant as well."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
Mid City Warrnambool
Mid City Warrnambool
4 out of 5
525 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £39 per night from 9 May to 10 May
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Warrnambool Art Gallery, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (648 reviews)
"Bathroom was a bit run down and had a smell to it other than that room itsrlf was ok"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2021

Mid City Warrnambool
Lady Bay Resort
Lady Bay Resort
4 out of 5
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £113 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Warrnambool, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Middle Island and Warrnambool Beach. Lake Pertobe Adventure ...
4.4/5Excellent! (643 reviews)
"We had a 3 bedroom apartment . It was very spacious, clean and had all the facilities we needed for our 4 night stay. The views from our room were magnificent. The staff were very friendly. We would highly recommend staying at this property."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

Lady Bay Resort
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Quest Warrnambool
Quest Warrnambool
4.5 out of 5
15-19 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £83 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in the heart of Warrnambool, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Warrnambool Art Gallery and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (544 reviews)
"Very friendly reception"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Quest Warrnambool
BIG4 Warrnambool Figtree Holiday Park
BIG4 Warrnambool Figtree Holiday Park
2 out of 5
33 LAVA Street, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £55 per night from 18 May to 19 May
This family-friendly Warrnambool campsite is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Warrnambool Beach. Warrnambool ...
4.3/5Excellent! (140 reviews)
"Great location awesome pool value for money easy check in check out"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

BIG4 Warrnambool Figtree Holiday Park
Surfside Holiday Park
Surfside Holiday Park
4 out of 5
120 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is £70 per night from 11 May to 12 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Warrnambool campsite is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground and Warrnambool ...
4.3/5Excellent! (161 reviews)
"1 bedroom cabin was very nice and the gas stove/oven and full sized fridge was terrific. Location is great and right on the beach. Would recommend."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2020

Surfside Holiday Park
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Great town/city. Our favourite place in Vic.