Warrnambool Travel Guide

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    Flagstaff Hill museum town
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    World War II gun securing the coast
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Warrnambool Highlights

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     A lovely small city on the water 

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     New condo developments, decrease in live pub nightlife 

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     It is a great town 

Warrnambool Things to Do

  • Live the Experience in Flagstaff Hill

    Warnambool's major tourist attraction is the impressive Flagstaff Hill Maritime village. It is an extraordinary experience that will take you on a rich journey of discovery through an early Australian coastal port. The village itself is modelled on an early Austrlian port. The lighthouse, Keeper's cottage and chartroom were moved here from Middle...

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  • Bring Your Binoculars!

    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...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    If you should be seeking an ideal spot for a picnic, may I recommend this splendid park in the north west part of Warrnambool.Though not vast, it does take up a whole city block and is dutifully maintained by the local council.Designed by WIlliam Guildfoyle in 1879 it is done the classic style of such things with meandering paths seeking their way...

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  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

    The major Warrnambool tourist attraction, modelled on an early Australian coastal port. Included in the grounds are the fortifications built in 1887 to repel the feared Russian invasion! I really liked this place - there's a number of old shops, a bank as well as the lighthouse and down on the 'quayside' are a number of port related buildings and a...

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  • Flagstaff Hill

    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.Open DailyCheck the times for the Shipwrecked show.

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  • Trout Fishing

    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

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Warrnambool Restaurants

  • An Old Faithful

    The restaurant/dining room area of this hotel has a good menu and also great wine list.It's an old faithful that we keep returning to.The staff in the dining area could be more friendly, this doesn't take away from the meal.There is also the lounge/pub/bar area that is a good area, casual and a nice place to sit at the bar or in one of the lounge...

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  • Famous Hamburgers

    The Kermond family have had this Cafe' for many years, over this time it has become famous for it's Hamburgers. Everyone in the area knows of this business.We found that they were quite expensive for a Hamburger. All enjoyed them.Open 7 Days from 9amSunday 10.00am

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  • Family friendly restaurant

    Images has two levels, the ground level, seating up 140 people, in comfortable surroundings with high ceilings and chandeliers. Images also offer a newly renovated Tuscan style downstairs function room which has seating for up to 110 people. This fully licensed family restaurant is situated at the seaside end of Warrnambool`s bustling city centre....

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Warrnambool Nightlife

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    Criterion by day

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    On the weekends, The Criterion is one of Warrnambool's Live Music pub night spots.
    It also has bar meals and a nice restaurant in a room off the bar, with an extensive list of steak, seafood and other dishes at reasonable prices.

    Dress Code: Neat casual dress - no thongs.

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Warrnambool Transportation

  • The only way to travel.

    We rented a little motorhome, the perfect alternative to cheap digs, we could go where ever we wanted whenever we wanted to and we had a lot of fun into the bargain.Here's a picture of Steff taking in the scenery on the approach to Warrnambool.

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  • Tour The Region - Gray Line Tours

    Warrnambool presented an opportunity to see some beautiful coastline, as well as a great view of whales, surfing, and the wonderful landscape and rock formations of the Great Ocean Road. One of the disadvantages of driving yourself during these tours is that the driver does not get the opportunity to really view this wonderful trip!Save yourself...

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  • General Map

    This is a more general, less detailed map of the Great Ocean Road, this time from its starting point at Torquay (perhaps a better map to see as you can get an idea here of its location in relation to Melbourne). Still the final stage stretch of the Road is missing, even on this map (it's just so long, it's impossible to fit on one VT map)

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Warrnambool Shopping

  • Clothing manufacturer

    Fletcher Jones is an extremely well known name in Australia for quality clothing, mainly mens and womens. It's more expensive than usual, but you get what you pay for, I guess. I didn't check how the prices in the factory compared to the store prices found elsewhere. Interestingly, there isn't just the factory on this site, but also a business...

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  • Surf Wear, fishing goods and more

    While shopping, I found some really enchanting stone shop buildings to admire. I thought this one was particularly exquisite and not the sort of building you'd find near a beach at all.

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  • Department stores, gift shops and more

    You can just about buy anything you want in Warrnambool. It's a shopping city as well as being a tourist town. As for specialty stores, being on the beach, I imagine their range of surf and beach wear is pretty good, so check out those stores if that's what you're interested in. Depends on if you go for a big brand like Ripcurl or something...

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Warrnambool Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't feed the Tower Hill Emus!

    At first glance, this could look like a silly warning. But consider this: if you decide to share your picnic with an emu and his friends, he won't be content to share for long...he won't rest till he has it ALL, and since these birds stand 5 feet tall, they can look quite intimidating as they loom over you. They're crafty, sneaky, and they have...

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  • Luxury Condos

    These Condos may look nice, and I agree they're quite attractive...but to me, they may have come to Warrnambool at a price, and that price may be a trend towards overcommercialism (for want of a better word).The spot now occupied by these brand new almost finished condos, was, last time I was here, still occupied by the Lady Bay Hotel, a huge...

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  • Clifftop Walks - Stay back from the...

    When stopping along the route on the Great Ocean road, there are some great little clifftop walks which can be done, offering great views of the rocks, coastline, and of course the rough sea, but make sure you stay on the track if there is one, or else back from the edge, as the top may look stable, but it's only soft limestone rock and is very...

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Warrnambool Tourist Traps

  • Luxury

    Don't fall into the slight tourist trap of believing after you've read the Tourist Information brochures that there's no cheap accommodation or nothing cheap to find to do around Warrnambool. It's not all about luxury and pampering yourself. Cheaper things are there, but you just have to look harder for them.

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  • No toilets at Logan's Beach

    This is one thing I found a bit annoying about the whale watching at Logan's Beach.There's a very well constructed viewing platform, interpretive signs, etc, but no toilets!When you consider that some keen people could want to spend ages standing here, it's a bit disappointing that no facilities are provided. It isn't that they wanted to preserve...

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Warrnambool What to Pack

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    by Kate-Me Written Jun 6, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in summer, bring a jumper and hat, just in case, and it's often windy even in Summer.
    All other seasons: definitely bring a hat and wear warm clothing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In summer you'll need a high protection sunscreen, and in the other seasons use it too, to avoid windburn if you'll be out in the elements for a long time.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In summer, bring your bathing costume, towel, etc, and surf board if you have one! A sun umbrella or shade might also be useful (providing it doesn't blow away)

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Warrnambool Off The Beaten Path

  • Middle Island

    Depending on where you park, at first glance, or even second or third, this may not appear to be an island. In fact it isn't, it is two islands (Merri is the other one). The one of main interest though is a wildlife sanctuary with wooden paths to walk on so the area isn't damaged.Best accessed during the low tides, escpecially in winter, so you...

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  • Look closely...

    From Melbourne to Warrnambool there are two roads, the A1 Princes highway or the Great Ocean Road, i recommend the latter for the scenery and the wildlife. The sound of the parrots will have you looking in all directions for them as they flit from tree to tree but the really sharp eyed may be lucky enough to get a glimpse of a wild Koala, this one...

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  • Thunder Point, Warrnambool

    When we lived in Warrnambool we always spent a lot of time at the beach. The ocean at Warrnambool is magnificent. There are some great fishing spots and some nice walking tracks.We would often park at Thunder Point car park and go exploring along the top of the cliffs and along the walking tracks. There is a beach not far from the Thunder Point car...

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Warrnambool Sports & Outdoors

  • Catch a Wave!

    As we enjoyed the whale viewing platform at Logan Beach, we were interested in how many surfers were out catching a wave or two. Having spent a good bit of time on the Texas coast, I was annoyed that the surfers were ignoring perfectly good waves, which to me seemed very odd... if even the smallest of those waves were coming ashore in other parts...

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  • Surfing

    Warrnambool has a good surfing beach, and also the all important surf lifesaving tower. The beaches are patrolled during the summer.On this particular late autumn day, the waves weren't very big and there were only a few surfers in, vainly trying to catch what waves they could find. It was a little cold and blustery, so there was almost nobody on...

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  • Information Centre

    When you arrive in Warrnambool head to the Information Centre at the Flagstaff Hill.Here you will be able to get all the information you need for a great time in this area. Open Daily from 9am to 5pm0355594620

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  • Library - plus internet access

    As many libraries throughout Victoria (especially in small cities and towns), if you book it early in the day, you can have 1 hour's free Internet access, so of course I took advantage of that!The library is quite central - just near the large white Art Gallery, just off the main street.

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  • Fletcher Jones Gardens 2

    Another thing I really liked about the Fletcher Jones Gardens was this semi-covered walkway, with pillars. Very symmetrical, and maybe just a touch Romanesque.

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