Hot springs and attractions
Home to Australia’s richest collection of shipwreck artefacts, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is captivating. Aside from showcasing relics from some of the 200 ships known to have been wrecked along this coast, underwater video displays and a guided tour are also included.
For a spot of culture, visit The Warrnambool Art Gallery (admission free), or check out the local street art. And for a spot of self-care, make a beeline for the Deep Blue Hot Springs, which features open-air rock pools, sensory caves, an infrared sauna, and a day spa.
Nature and wildlife
Within just a 20-minute drive of Warrnambool lies the 90-metre-wide Hopkins Falls, which is spectacular after rainfall, and houses two viewing platforms; it’s a popular spot for a scenic picnic too.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to natural attractions in Warrnambool: spend a morning exploring the Bay of Islands, go fishing on the Hopkins River, surf the clear waters of Lady Bay, or go for a stroll along sweeping Logan’s Beach.
Warrnambool is only a short drive from one of Victoria’s most significant ecological and geological sites: Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Formed by volcanic eruptions nearly 30,000 years ago, the reserve is home to emus, kangaroos, koalas and more and features a wildly diverse terrain to explore (think wetlands, crater lakes and bushland).
Part of the so-called ‘whale corridor’, you might just spy humpbacks and southern right whales splashing around in the sea if your visit coincides with whale watching season (May to September).
Warrnambool is not a destination that’s short of family-friendly activities. Visit the eight-hectare Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, play a round of miniature golf (Mini Golf by the Sea), send the kids to the skate park, hop on one of the lakeside motorboat rentals, stop by the Warrnambool Aquatic Leisure Centre (AquaZone), or pencil in an evening at maritime museum Flagstaff Hill for its sound and light show.