Things to see and do

Warrnambool has a great vibe as a regional centre. It makes an excellent base for a holiday as there is so much choice within a small radius and it has plenty of event specific activities going on year round. If you’re here for work, try to at least walk around the wonderful Warrnambool Botanic Gardens before you leave ; it is food for the soul.

  • On our doorstep are the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
  • Fairy Penguins on Middle Island – they are so cute! Inspired Oddball the movie. Take a Meet the Maremmas tour
  • Surf’s up – Sand, Sea and Surf at The Lady Bay – you never regret a swim (between the flags, of course)
  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village including highly recommended Sound and Light show
  • Lake Pertobe Adventure playground – thrill seekers’ heaven with a great flying fox
  • Foreshore playground and facilities
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – emus, koalas, kangaroos – great guided tours available
  • Whale watching at Logans Beach – see the majestic Southern Right Whales in winter
  • Warrnambool & Port Fairy Golf Clubs – a good walk wasted?
  • Koroit Historic Irish Town
  • Hopkins River for fishing
  • Port Fairy Seaside Town – very desirable little spot
  • The Great Ocean Road – 12 Apostles …views to die for
  • Warrnambool Shopping – surprisingly good and usually great service
  • The Lighthouse Theatre – you don’t have to be a culture vulture to go
  • Restaurants and Cafes – Surf views or City. Fancy or affordable.
  • Laneway bars in Summer – for all you hipsters out there
  • Coastal walking tracks
  • Park Run tourism in Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Timboon and Portland
  • Aqua zone indoor and outdoor pool and gym
  • Markets
  • Cinema in town
  • Warrnambool Racing Carnival (May) – it’s bigger than Ben Hur!
  • Cheese World and Museum at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter factory in Allansford
  • Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG)
  • Merri View Art Gallery
  • Mini golf and row boats on Lake Pertobe
  • Meet the Maremmas Middle Island Tours
  • Race horse training – early morning on the beach until the end of November
  • Victorian Life Saving Championships (March)
  • And so much more…

Lighthouse at the Maritime Museum


Hopkins River Boathouse


Laneway bar Warrnambool