Warrnambool

Warrnambool is a regional city located on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia.

The word 'Warrnambool' originates from the local Indigenous Australians name for a 'nearby volcanic cone'. It is interpreted to mean many things including 'land between two rivers',' two swamps' or 'ample water'.

French explorer Nicholas Baudin recorded coastal landmarks in 1802. The area was frequented by whalers early in the 19th century. Matthew Flinders sailed the coast in the Investigator, and Lieutenant James Grant in the Lady Nelson also explored the area.

The first settlers arrived in the 1840s in the Lady Bay area, which was a natural harbour. The town was surveyed in 1846 and established soon after.

Flagstaff Hill, Warnambool

The industrial seaside resort of Warrnambool was another sealing and whaling town. You can find out about the history of the area in the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. Another interesting place to visit is the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Flagstaff Hill

Along the coast is a fabulous walk along the Mahogany Walking Trail, which takes you the 22km to Port Fairy. There are also some great beaches for both swimming and surfing. The best places for good surf include Levy's Bay, Logans Beach and Second Bay. If you fancy a swim go to Lady Bay

here are plenty of places to stay in the area, and plenty of places to eat. You can get to Warrnambool by train or on the V/Line buses.

Featured Warrnambool Activities and Tours

Country and Coast Tour
from $3350.00

From Sydney to Canberra to Melbourne to Adelaide. This tour leaves no stone unturned - from Parliament House, the Snowy Mountains, Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, to Adelaide, Mt. Gambier and Kang...

11 Day Tastes of Southern Australia Guided Holiday
from $4530.00

Explore the nation’s capital Canberra, country Victoria, cosmopolitan Melbourne and the spectacular coast and delicious produce of Southern Australia on this well-paced journey. Spend the night in a...

Private Horse Riding Beach Trail Ride for Two
from $115.00

Our Beach Trail Ride is perfect for anybody who loves horses and the beach. During this experience you will enjoy a magical horse ride along the wild and deserted beaches between Warrnambool and Port ...

Horse Riding Beach Trail Ride
from $85.00

Our Beach Trail Ride is perfect for anybody who loves horses and the beach. During this experience you will enjoy a magical horse ride along the wild and deserted beaches between Warrnambool and Port ...

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