"Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road (ver. ENG/FR)" Top 5 Page for this destination Warrnambool by Kate-Me

Warrnambool Travel Guide: 83 reviews and 143 photos

Warrnambool (population 30,000) is the largest city on the Great Ocean Road, located approximately 200 kilometres West of Geelong.
(This area is also known as the Shipwreck Coast as over 180 ships are believed to have been wrecked along its length). Especially the western half is characterised by rough seas and rocky coastline, but as well, dangerous currents and rip tides.
Despite this, many of the beach towns here offer good surfing, and some have sheltered back beaches for swimming.

La petite cité de Warrnambool se situe dans la Lady Bay. C'est la plus grande ville sur la route de Great Ocean Road, située approximativement à 200 Km à l'Ouest de la cité de Geelong
On appelle aussi cette région "La côte des naufrages" car plus de 180 navires s'y sont échoués.

La côte sud-ouest de Victoria

The Great Ocean Road extends West from Torquay, near Geelong, for around 300 kms to the Portland region.
Most of the cliffs along its length are of soft limestone rock, so the coastline is easily weathered and is constantly being eroded and re-shaped by rough seas and often strong, blustery winds.
In my website, I have divided the Great Ocean Road into two sections: the somewhat calmer Eastern end (under "Geelong") and the rougher Western portion from Portland - Warrnambool is found in these pages.

La route commence à Torquay (près de Geelong) et continue vers l'ouest sur environ 300 km, pour finir près de Portland à l'autre bout de la côte ouest de Victoria.
La plupart des falaises qui longent cette route sont calcaires. Ainsi, le vent, souvent violent, la mer houleuse et les vagues qui viennent s'y écraser érodent fortement la côte..
Pour mon site web, j'ai divisé "Great Ocean Road" en deux parties
Le côté Est, où la mer est plus clémente et où il y a plus de plages et moins de falaises, se trouve dans les pages nommées "Geelong"; le côté Ouest, de Warrnambool à Portland se trouve dans ces pages.

There are so many shops in the centre of town though that it also feels like a city, and it's sometimes easy to forget that the ocean is just a few blocks away.
You can have the best of both worlds within minutes; natural beauty, good shopping and more.
At first glance the city seems quite modern, with several specialty stores, department stores, many other shops and cafes, restaurants etc, but upon closer inspection, many buildings in the central main streets are quite historic.
The area was first settled around the 1840's.
Il y a tant de magasins dans le centre ville, que l'on a l'impression d'être dans une capitale et parfois il est facile d'oublier que la côte n'est qu'à quelques minutes en voiture.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice beaches, green parks, plenty to do, no matter your interests
  • Cons:New condo developments, decrease in live pub nightlife
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful maritime history, rugged attractive coastline and good shopping
  • Last visit to Warrnambool: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2009
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  • Aug 22, 2004 at 9:40 PM

    The tripod ball thing in Warrnambool is an old water tower that was used for a sprinkler system at Fletcher Jones. They don't use it anymore.

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    Jan 28, 2004 at 2:46 AM

    Great page. Seems like a nice place to go surfing

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    Nov 28, 2003 at 9:16 PM

    Great gig pics! Hope to see you perform soon too :DD

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2003 at 8:56 PM

    Sounds like an interesting place kate

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2003 at 2:25 PM

    Interesting, useful and varied

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2003 at 11:32 AM

    Hi Kate, what a fab page and made in the HEAT OF THE MOMENT, will it be a 5 star ONLY TIME WILL TELL, thanks for keeping the name of ASIA and musical rock alive, all the best Cliff"".

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    Jun 16, 2003 at 8:31 PM

    Taco Bill. Wow... obviously not Taco Bell, but... sounds interesting, I suppose. Mexican Shepherds Pie? Hmm.


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