Warrnambool Accommodation and Travel Guide

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General Information

With a population in excess of 30,000, Warrnambool is the largest city between Geelong and Adelaide, it is also the regional centre for the South West of Victoria, it has hospitals, schools, a local university campus, plus all of the infrastructure you would expect in a modern city. Although Warrnambool is a popular tourist destination, visitors should not expect a quiet seaside village full of motels and caravan parks, it is a city with a large shopping centres, restaurants pubs, cinema’s, live theatre venues, dozens of sporting clubs covering all major sports, plus all of the civic amenities of metropolitan city, such as parks gardens, art gallery and churches etc.
Although Warrnambool is a busy regional city, it has by good luck and good planning managed to retain its holiday atmosphere, as the centre of the city is over a kilometre away from the beach. In fact the whole foreshore area is separated from the city by the Lake Pertobe development, which means visitors can enjoy a relatively quiet holiday by the sea, go for walks along the beach or fishing off the breakwater, and still be within walking distance of restaurants, pubs cinema’s or see a live show.

Warrnambool Beach

Its popularity is due in part to its varying conditions, from a safe family beach close to the breakwater through to body surfing and boogie board riding close to the surf lifesaving club to good surf-able waves at “Grannies Grave” near the eastern end of the beach.

Attractions and Activities

Warrnambool's best attraction and one of the best playgrounds in Victoria, the Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is a year-round family attraction. Covering a total of 20 hectares, the playground is paradise for kids with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. The park has delightful picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities and over 4 kilometres of walking tracks.

Restaurants and Entertainment

From Sunday afternoon jazz in a local pub to live theatre performances or pumping dance music in a local night club, Warrnambool has a variety of entertainment choices.
For a quiet night out, Warrnambool has over 60 restaurants to choose from, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Thai, from fine dining to take away.

Warrnambool Attractions

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum is a living museum which showcases the settlement of the coastal regions of Victoria. Although Flagstaff Hill is a fictional port (the real Port of Warrnambool never looked anything like Flagstaff Hill), it does have all the elements of a 19th Century coastal port. Flagstaff Hill authentically preserves the maritime history of Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road.
You can easily spend quite a few hours wandering around the Village. Entry cost about $16 for adults and $6.50 for children.
Flagstaff Hill allow visitors to return the following day to see anything they have missed so essentially it is a two day visitor pass.

Beaches

The other attraction for visitors (as distinct from tourist attractions) are the beaches - Warrnambool has a superb sandy beach which at its western end is protected by the breakwater and is an ideal family beach and at the eastern end has quite good surfing conditions. The huge adventure playground at Lake Pertobe is also a influencing factor in drawing families to the city - The park is quite unique with nothing else quite like it anywhere along the coast. Plus it is free ( apart from the boat rides).

Nightlife

Lygon on Liebig - The term "Lygon on Liebig" is often used in Warrnambool promotions and refers to the Melbourne's restaurant district in Lygon street in Carlton. Although Warrnambool is quite a bit smaller than Melbourne the restaurant density at the bottom end of Liebig street rivals that of Lygon street, with something like 30 restaurants within a few hundred metres

Warrnambool has an excellent reputation for the quality and diversity of its entertainment, from Theatres, Cinemas, Night Clubs, Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants. There are numerous live music venues as well as a large 3 screen cinema complex, the 1000 seat Performing Art Centre is the main venue for stage shows and larger music concerts and scattered around the town are a number of Clubs which have function rooms large enough to stage live entertainment.

Warrnambool

History

The discovery of the vast plains of the Western District in the late 1830s occurred at a time when half a world away, farmers from both Scotland and Ireland were being thrown off their land - in Scotland it was the Highland Clearances and in Ireland it was the Potato Famine. Both these events triggered a flood of migration to the new colony, and the region around Warrnambool The Irish settlers came to farm the black soil around Koroit and Port Fairy because of its similarity to the peat soils in Ireland and the undulating valleys to the north of Warrnambool were quite similar to the Scottish lowlands. These two groups were the predominant amongst the first settlers to the area plus there was a high number of English farmers and tradespeople who were looking to escape the oppressive class system in England. Today there is a diverse group of cultures represented in the city but the blend of English / Irish / Scottish cultures is clearly evident in how the local society operates. .

Early Settlement

Many Internet sites and some books claim that Warrnambool was settled by whalers and sealers - this is utter rubbish, and another example of how lies and misinformation is spread through the Internet by people copying information without checking its providence. Warrnambool has the distinction of being a planned township e.g there was no one living in the area before the township was surveyed. The site for the city was chosen by the surveyor general William Hotham and he sent James Pickering to survey the township in 1845. In 1847 land in the township was auctioned in Portland and the first building commenced later in the year. The land was sold predominantly to merchants and business people looking to establish trade with the large farming community already established in the surrounding districts. No whalers or sealers purchased land in Warrnambool. The growth in the early years was phenomenal with the city growing to a population of 2500 within 5 years ( Port Fairy had taken 15 year to grow to the same size) Warrnambool continued to grow and by the turn of the century (1900) it had become the largest town within 150 miles.

Landscape

Warrnambool sits at the edge of a vast volcanic plain that stretches from Melbourne in the west to Portland at its eastern extremity. It is characterised by large undulating plains dotted with a number of extinct volcanic cones. The fertile soils produced by the volcanic activity has created some of the best farming country in Australia The area around Warrnambool sits on an ancient sandstone seabed which over millennia has been eroded by the sea to form the spectacular sandstone formation around Port Campbell. There is also less spectacular examples of this ancient seabed around Pickering Point and Thunderpoint in Warrnambool itself. .

Warrnambool Nightlife

Warrnambool has a always had an excellent reputation for the quality and diversity of its entertainment, from Theatres, Cinemas, Night Clubs, Pubs, Clubs and Restaurant. There are numerous live music venues as well as a large local 3 screen cinema complex, the 1000 seat Performing Art Centre is the main venue for stage shows and larger music concerts and a number of Clubs which have function rooms large enough to stage live entertainment.

Restaurants in Warrnambool

The following is a small sample of the 60 plus restaurants scattered across the city - for a more comprehensive listing and description please click the More Restaurants link below

The Dragon Inn

Popular Chinese restaurant - also take away via The Wok located next door

Cactus Jam

Family orientated Mexican restaurant with the usual Mexican fare, tapas and frozen Margaritas

Nona Casalinga

Busy Italian restaurant, cosy enviroment and gets good reviews

Kermonds Hamburgers

Warrnambool's unique hamburger joint - try one before you leave

Warrnambool Pubs and Clubs

Hotel Warrnambool

Family style pub with and excellent restaurant, lots of suits in the bar after 5:30

Caledonian Hotel

Traditional Australian style pub cold beer and hearty counter meals plus Pub TAB

The Royal Hotel

Traditional Australian style pub with separate restaurant, very popular evening counter teas

The Gallery Nightclub

Well patronised nightclub - glitzy decor and loud dance music

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Raglan Motor Inn566 Raglan Parade

Mid Price

Modern family friend motel in a good location and with safe off street parking. Located centrally to the race course, warehouse centres, whale watching and CBD. Excellent amenities, friendly and courteous hosts

AVG/NIGHT$120 WEB SITE

City Heart 4 Spence Street

Economy

City Heart is a bright and airy 17 unit motel located in a quiet residential street just off the Princes Highway highway and within 100M of the CBD. the City Heart has quality accommodation at very affordable prices..

AVG/NIGHT$100 WEB SITE

Atwood Motor InnWarrnambool

485 reviews

Atwood Motor Inn is located 150 metres from Warrnambool's main street. Atwood Motor Inn is close to pub's restaurants and entertainment venues and has Double, Twin, Deluxe Spa and two family apartments. All rooms are fully air conditioned

AVG/NIGHT$110 WEB SITE

Southern Right Motel Warrnambool

485 reviews

Located on the Eastern entrance to Warrnambool, the Southern Right Motor Inn has clean and comfortable rooms varying from standard double and twin rooms through to large family style units with kitchen facilities The motel is set on a 2 acre site with children's playground area.

AVG/NIGHT$95 SELECT
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Warrnambool Travel Options - Getting Here

By Air and Rail

Warrnambool is serviced by Sharp Airline with daily flights in and out of the city - the Warrnambool Airport is located about 10 kms from the city.
Rail service is via three trains per day from Melbourne, which is sometimes supplemented by a coach service (often on weekends). The trip from Melbourne is about 3 hours.
The Warrnambool station is at the edge of the CBD and about 4 blocks from the Post Office
Coach services to the outlying towns of Port Fairy, Mortlake, Port Campbell, Portland Hamilton and Ballarat run daily - most of these depart from the Warrnambool station..

Local Transport

Warrnambool has an excellent public transport system ( for its size) with a 7 days a week bus service that covers the whole city on an hourly basis
- There is also quite a large taxi network that operates mainly from the CBD and train station. Warrnambool also has a couple of limousine hire businesses as well..

Tour Operators

There are a number of tour and charter operators who operate from the city, mostly specialising in charter work and no one seems to offer a scheduled service on any particular route.
There is also a Boat Charter business who operate from the breakwater but again they do not offer a scheduled service instead you need to contact them and specify what you require.

Centred Touring

Warrnambool is the transport hub for the region and well suited to centred touring either in your own vehicle or via public transport.
Centred touring is often the best and easiest option for seeing a district or region. You can unpack your case Multi-night booking will often save on accommodation cost compared to single night bookings, Warrnambool accommodation prices are very competitive and it has a large selection of restaurants and entertainment venues. . Typically a three night stay is the best option with day trips to the 12 Apostles, the Grampians and the local towns of Port Fairy and Koroit, (all of these tours are available via public transport)