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Exploring Warrnambool

At the western end of Australia’s Great Ocean Road is the town of Warrnambool, a pleasant seaside destination for a vacation or a weekend getaway. Tourism plays a big role in the local economy, with both drivers who come to enjoy the world-class Great Ocean Road and sightseers who flock here in winter to witness the migration of southern right whales helping the town to thrive. In addition, there is good surf around Warrnambool as well as lovely beaches.

You can step back in time at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, which is situated around the local museum and the town’s iconic lighthouse. Head to Warrnambool Harbour in winter to book a cruise on one of the whale-watching boats or catch one of the popular festivals, like the Wunta Fiesta in February or the Fun4Kids Festival over the Christmas holidays.


Hotels in Warrnambool

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Warrnambool is the Girt By Sea Warrnambool, which has been booked 5 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Seashells on Banyan in Warrnambool as it has been reserved 5 times.


Sightseeing in Warrnambool

- Warrnambool Botanical Gardens


Designed in 1879 by William Guilfoyle, the genius behind the Royal Botanic Gardens, Warrnambool’s botanic gardens are an excellent example of classic Victorian style. The elegant gardens are shaded by ancient trees and are laced with wide walking paths. Most of the flora here is native to Warrnambool and is backed by a cool fernery taken from the Otway Ranges.


- Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum


The top cultural attraction in Warrnambool is this museum that showcases the maritime heritage of the town. A replica fishing village has been created around the museum, allowing visitors to get a glimpse at what life looked like over a century ago. There is also a lighthouse within the village that offers one of the best photo opportunities in town. A cool light and sound show tells the story of the Loch Ard shipwreck over the lake every night.


Transportation in Warrnambool

You can reach Warrnambool by train, bus, or car from Melbourne. The V/Line train network runs three daily trains from Melbourne to Warrnambool, with the scenic journey taking just over three hours. Driving the Great Ocean Road is another superb way to reach this town. It takes most drivers around six or seven hours without any major stops. To get around Warrnambool, the Transit South West public bus line that operates 10 lines around the town. But most people prefer to have their own wheels to maximise their time in this gorgeous coastal corner of southwestern Victoria.