Warrnambool Travel Guide


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 Western district 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 to restaurants, pubs cinema’s or see a live show.

Warrnambool Rivers

Warrnambool sits between two rivers, the Hopkins and the Merri rivers, these two rivers created a barrier to travellers coming from the new settlements of Portland and Port Fairy and they had to go inland to find suitable crossing points. They crossed the Merri river about 10 kms inland via a timber ford placed across the river now called Woodford and the Hopkins was considerably large and had to be crossed a little further upstream, some 15 kms away through property farmed by the Allan brothers now called Allansford. In the late 1890's a bridge was built across the river close to the mouth. It was rebuilt in 2010 but the appearance of the original bridge was retained ( picture below)

City Heart 4 Spence Street Warrnambool


100 metres to the main street, City Heart has an excellent reputation for customer service and very competitive prices.

Atwood Motor Inn8 Spence Street Warrnambool


Two storey motel with well appointed rooms with air conditioning, kitchenette facilities and private verandahs and guest laundry. Centrally located 150 metres from Town centre .

Anchor Belle Motel Warrnambool

485 reviews

The Anchor Belle Motel is a small family run motel which offers 3.5 star accommodation in the centre of the city and direct opposite the main street.


Elm Tree Lodge 300 Raglan Parade Warrnambool

99 reviews

A small family run motel opposite the Catholic church and about 200 metres from the main street. Elm Tree Lodge has Queen and Twin rooms plus a Family Suite