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Marvel at Warrnambool's captivating position, nestled into the rising contour of Victoria's south-west coast amid green dairying country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. Breathe in the sea air with a stroll along the foreshore promenade, then pause for breakfast with a view at the Pavilion Cafe and Bar.

Shipwrecks and volcanoes

Discover the turbulent history of the Shipwreck Coast on a visit to the award winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Admire the historic lighthouses and see the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 brought to life with a fascinating sound and laser show.

Explore the ancient geological history of the region at Tower Hill, just 14 km west of Warrnambool. Located in an extinct volcano crater, Tower Hill Reserve is a haven for native flora and fauna. Join Indigenous guides on a tour through the reserve to see kangaroos, emus and koalas up close and learn about the local Aboriginal culture.

A whale of a time

Find a spot at the viewing platform at Logans Beach and be the first to catch a glimpse of a fluking southern right whale. These giants return every June to October to their nursery at the beach to give birth and raise their calves. They can often be seen just 100 metres off the shore, but make time for multiple visits.

Kick up your heels

Delve into the vibrant arts and events scene, concentrated at the south end of Liebig Street, and tempt the tastebuds at renowned restaurants serving the best and freshest local produce, such as the Pickled Pig, which was hatted by The Age Good Food Guide. Check out the Warrnambool Art gallery and discuss the work over a boutique brew at award-winning Flying Horse Bar & Brewery. Bring the family to the Fun 4 Kids Festival, one of Australia's best community events celebrating imagination and creative spirit, for children aged 2–12 years.

If you're after a festive day at the races, stop by for the Warrnambool May Race Carnival, featuring the popular Scotty Stewart Brierly Steeplechase.

Beach bound

Make a beeline for one of the many spectacular beaches surrounding the bustling township during the summer months. Dive in for a spot of swimming or surfing, or just take a slow wander along the beach in the sun.

Get the gang together for an experience to remember. Join a tour and take a ride on horseback through the sand dunes and out along the rugged beaches lining the Southern Ocean.

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National parks & reserves

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano.

Local produce

Cheese World and Museum

Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through offering tastings and sales of the award winning Warrnambool Heritage Cheddar, Cracker Barrel,...

Art galleries

Merri View Gallery

Merri View Gallery is run by the Warrnambool and District Artists Society, to showcase the work of local artists. They have regular exhibitions...

Wildlife and zoos

Whale watching

Watch these breathtaking mammals, the southern right whale and blue whale, from the shoreline as they migrate to the coast of Victoria each year.

Lakes & waterways

Hopkins Falls

See water drop like a curtain across the 90-metre wide Hopkins Falls, a short drive from Warrnambool. Watch for baby eels during the winter migration.


Pickled Pig

Award-winning chef Brenton Banner, who cut his teeth in the kitchen of Melbourne’s Press Club, brings his flair to Pickled Pig’s modern European menu.

Water sports

Scuba diving

Grab your mask and take a dive at some of Australia's greatest but least known sites along the Great Ocean Road, including shipwrecks and caves.

Walking & hiking

Mahogany Walking Track

Walk from Warrnambool to Port Fairy past the last known resting place of the elusive Mahogany Ship and spot echidnas, bird life and whales on the way.

Walking & hiking

Volcano Walk

Ramble among the cone-shaped hills and lake-filled craters of an extinct volcano, and experience wildlife viewing at its best on Tower Hill’s forested and shoreline walking tracks.


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Water sports


Surf the west coast of Victoria at beaches in the Great Ocean Road region from the famed breaks of Bells Beach to the wild waves beyond Discovery Bay.

History and heritage

Maritime history

Discover the dramatic coastline of the Great Ocean Road region that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime history.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.

Things to do

Family activities

Pack the car and drive through the Great Ocean Road region with the kids and find a range of fun activities for the whole family both indoors and out.