Situated on the western end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is the perfect place to start or end your trip along the world famous stretch of coastline. With so much to do and see this historic town attracts almost a million tourists every year.
There are a number of quality Choice Hotels to choose form in the area and you’ll definitely want to stay at least a couple of nights. The Comfort Inn Western is located in the heart of Warrnambool and offers beautifully appointed rooms. The Comfort Inn on Raglan is an award-winning motel offering comfort and relaxation and is situated just a few minutes’ walk from everything you need. The Comfort Inn Warrnambool International has the town’s only restaurant where local crayfish is the house special. If you are after something away from the hustle and bustle, the Quality Suites Deep Blue is located just two kilometers from the main street and just moments from the beach and Lake Petrobe.
The town is drenched in history. Settled in the 1840s, it grew quickly thanks to the Victorian Gold Rush and the Port of Warrnambool became a hub for the region. The invention of rail saw the Port’s demise, but the town’s strong agricultural ties ensured it remained a major regional city. Today Warrnambool plays a huge part in Australia’s dairy industry.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you plan to visit there is always something happening in this buzzing town.
If you prefer the warmer months the breathtaking coastal scenery will have you mesmerised and the local beaches are world class. The kids will love exploring the Lake Petrobe Adventure Playground. Set on 20 hectares, it’s a kids paradise filled with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. A trip out to the Hopkins Falls is also a must while the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is just stunning.
When things start to cool down Warrnambool really heats up. The first weekend of May plays host to the Warrnambool Racing Carnival, which attracts the country’s best trainers. You’ll get to rub shoulders with the likes of Gai Waterhouse and Peter Moody in a relaxed setting. The kids get all the attention at the start of July with the Fun4Kids festival, the biggest of its kind in Australia, while all winter long the majestic Southern Right whales can be spotted off the coast. The area is a mating and calving ground and whale watching tours can get very busy so it’s best to book ahead.
It is impossible to get bored in Warrnambool… just make sure you book a long enough stay to experience everything you want!