Things to Do in Warrnambool
Warrnambool is one of the largest towns on the western end of Great Ocean Road. The Lady Bay is a natural harbour which made Warrnambool an important port during the early Victoria Gold Rush era. Warrnambool was established in 1840’s and today has a population of nearly 40,000.
Flagstaff Hill overlook beautiful Lady Bay at the centre of Warrnambool forming a heritage listed precinct very popular with visitors to the Great Ocean Road. Flagsttaff Hill includes a Maritme Village set up to recreate the times of the past with museums, restaurants, shops and displays. Included in the area is the Lady Bay Lighthouse, Wreck of Loch Ard and Warrnambool Garrison.
20 minutes from Hopkins House Motel is Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Located in an enormous volcanic crater, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is a popular area to visit to see a large range of bird and animal life in an area that is an important place in local Aboriginal history.
The Southern Right Whale comes to Logan’s Beach on the eastern side of Warrnambool where they birth calves between late May and August. Logan’s Beach is then a nursery where young whale calves gain strength before departing in mid to late September. Besides the option of whale watching, the coastline home to Australian fur seals, little penguins and a wide range of sea birds.
Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show has nightly showings at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village where you’ll see impressive displays of the history of the Shipwreck Coast.
Warrnambool is a popular holiday destination with great beaches, good surf and fishing. The Foreshore Promenade is 5.7 km track that runs from the Breakwater along the coastline to the famous whale nursery at Logan’s Beach. The Foreshore Promenade is great for walking, running, cyclists and inline skating.
The Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most iconic scenes where the wild Southern Ocean has eroded a collection of limestone stacks along the shore of the Port Campbell National Park 70 kilometres to the east of Warrnambool.