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the natural environment
that most defines this region


Picturesque Warrnambool sits at the western end of the Great Ocean Road on the historic Shipwreck Coast. Set on the beautiful Lady Bay, this idyllic coastal town is bounded by the Merri and the Hopkins Rivers.

Noted for its sheltered beaches, its beautiful parks and its moderate climate Warrnambool is also a nursery for Southern Right Whales. Each year between May and October, mothers come within view of the shoreline at neighbouring Logans Beach to give birth and raise their calves.

The city centre offers a wide array of shopping, including topclass restaurants and cafes. However, it’s the natural environment that most defines this region. Numerous walking and bike paths, including those along the Lady Bay foreshore promenade and around Lake Pertobe, allow you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. The historic Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village reflects the pioneering nature of an 1870s coastal port – once busier than Melbourne, and one of the areas most visited local tourist attractions.

Warrnambool is well serviced by public transport – with a local bus network and daily trains to Melbourne and Geelong. Warrnambool, the cultural hub of the region is home to a range of festivals and sporting events, including the annual Wunta Festival, the May Racing Carnival and the annual Celebrage festival celebrating the young at heart and featuring events for the whole family.