There are some great beaches along the Warrnambool beach area. You can get in to some whale watching at Logan's Beach. Shelly Beach is a great walk from the top car parks at the main beach - you can usually pick up some pretty shells. There is lots of picnic areas and barbecues. You can park at Lake Pertobe and have lunch and then stroll over the dunes to the main beach or you can stay and play at the Lake Pertobe Playground.
The beach is a lovely clan beach to take the family to.
You must swim between the flags. The beach that is Patrolled is the beach near the Caravan parks opposite the Lake Petrobe park.
If you are an experienced Surfer you can go around to Logans Beach or Thunder Point. Please don't swim in these areas or climb on the rocks.....
The Breakwater area is very popular with people of all ages.
In the 1880's the Port of Warrnambool handled more cargo than the Port of Melbourne.
It was a very busy deep sea Port. '
Here you can sit on the huge pier /breakwater and fish or watch the fish being caught.
You can also walk from here along the beach back to near Lake Pedtrobe or Caravan parks.
and on to Logans Beach if you are in for a good walk.
From here you can see Middle Island. You can walk to this when it's low tide. Here you can see a colony of Fairy Penguins.Stay on the tracks , they come in at dusk.
Here is one of the best areas for a BBQ, walk or play on the Adventure Playground.
The little lake is surrounded by beautifully kept lawns and picnic areas.
The kids will love to play on all the equipment, from the flying fox to the smaller playground activities for the little ones. There is something for everyone.
The BBQ areas are covered. They are electric and they do take coins.
You can take a walk around the lake after the BBQ lunch.
While we chose to drive the route from East to West, if you were to start in Warrnambool, you could enjoy most of the attractions of the Great Ocean Road in the morning before the rest of the tourist buses arrived!
We started our day in Melbourne at 6:30, and arrived in Warrnambool around 3:30pm, so if your final destination was Melbourne taking the Great Ocean Road starting in Warrnambool, expect about 9 hours! (That is if you stop at most of the main attractions and walks on the road!).
Make sure you stop multiple times along the way to save yourself from fatigue!
Warrnambool is touted as one of the best places on the Southern Coast of Victoria to sight the great Southern Right Whales. They are called Right Whales because in the days of whaling, the size, and blubber content was what they considered the right characteristics.
These days, there are several options of how to catch a whale of a tale, and the best way is to head to Warrnambool's Logan Beach Whale "Nursery". There is a very nice viewing platform, and the whales can be viewed throughout a large number of months. Obviously, there are no guarentees... but in just 20 minutes of us being there, we were able to site one of these great majestic animals.
I have to apologize for the poor quality of this picture, but I am not a professional photographer, and trying to catch a whale spout is one of the tougher shots for a small digital pic!
The Warrnambool Trout farm is somewhere you are guaranteed to catch a fish.
All equipment is supplied. You can feed the fish.
Catch the fish and cook on the campfire. Good fun and will keep the kids happy.
Group bookings available.
Open daily from 10.30am to 5pm
Here is the village that shows the early town of Warrnambool and Port.
Featuring the Gravesend Theatre and Great Circle Gallery.
Also they have a multi million light and sound show, Shipwrecked.
Check the times for the Shipwrecked show.
The exhibits at the Museum attached to the Maritime Village include items recovered from shipwrecks in the area.
My very favourite is a large glazed pottery peacock (about 5 feet high) which washed ashore in its packing case, days after the Loch Ard tragedy, miraculously intact.
It had been made in England especially for the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition Building.
Over 180 ships are believed to have been wrecked along the Great Ocean Rd.
“Shipwrecked” is a very new attraction for Warrnambool. It's a multi million dollar sound and light show spectacular done with lasers, illusion, mist effects, giant water screens and more, and takes you back in time to the old Seafaring days. It also tells the famous tale of the wreck of the Loch Ard ship which hit a reef near Port Campbell in 1878, with only 2 survivors out of 54 aboard. These were an 18 year old cabin boy & a female passenger, also aged 18, who he managed to rescue.
We all need retail therapy on holiday:)
Warrnambool has all you need to keep the credit card busy.
Liebig is the main street, you can start wandering along here and then head off into the other streets where you will find great fashioon shops, show shops and all other varieties of retail.
Make sure you do wander all the streets as I think that few of the good shops are hiding off the main area.
This is a new business in Warrnambool.
Here you can watch the skills of Glass Blowing, there are some beautiful pieces on display all these are for sale.
While visiting the Studio you can sit in the lovely cafe' area and have cake and coffee.
The Fletcher Jones Factory and Gardens is an institute in Warrnambool.
There is a huge silver ball above the factory ( no idea what it is:) Here they made the materials for the well known Fletcher Jones label.
The gardens are now a toursit attraction, if you are in the area pop in and have a walk around them.
There is plenty of shipwreck history at Warrnambool. Visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and the Portland Marine Discovery Centre.
Warrnambool is known for whale watching from June. You can expierience the awe of the whales with their young calfs from a specially built platform.
Warrnambool also holds the longest steple horse race - usually in the first week of May.
Warrnambool has some nice beaches. You can walk over suspension bridges to islands on the lake.
We spent some time out looking around this area but it was quite cool from the ocean breeze and so we didn't stay long.