"Warrnambool - a town for the future" Top 5 Page for this destination Warrnambool by iandsmith

Warrnambool Travel Guide: 83 reviews and 143 photos

A foot in the past and a foot in the future

Warrnambool, situated on the south west Victorian coast, seems to be a city undecided whether to preserve the past or go headlong into the future.
Far and away its number one attraction, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, is firmly rooted in the past yet when they pull down historic pubs to put up blocks of flats you have to question the sincerity of the town planners' will.
Having got that off my chest, Warrnambool is an eclectic mixture of history and modernity. Some of the lovely old facades are still in place yet in the suburbs it is often bland brick or fake wooden houses that dominate.
Due to its isolated proximity Warrnambool has accumulated lots of quality facilities to go with its position as the largest town for some considerable distance, the racetrack being a prime example.
The classy Regional Art Gallery, Cheeseworld and the Ullman Gallery (birds and wildlife) are some of the other highlights.
It also has many industries and you can't avoid noticing some of the blights on the landscape wherever you are in the town.
As it's located seaside with a harbour, the reason for its existence, it also boasts a splendid beach as well as a rugged headland. It is from this headland and other places that you can view whales and, in particular, the Southern Right Whale, so named because of its desirability as a good whale to harpoon because they didn't dive like many others. Hopefully, common sense will prevail and the Japanese whaling fleet will be denied the nod by the whaling commission to slaughter these in the future.
The Great Ocean Road is mainly used for access to the town these days but it was as recently as 1918 when World War I diggers (Aussie term for soldier) were put to work on the cliff face above Lorne, a town further east, that eventually led to the opening of one of Australia's most famous roads.
Cape Otway Lighthouse, en route, is Australia's oldest mainland lighthouse.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Flagstaff Hill, nice beach, good facilities
  • Cons:Ugly industries
  • In a nutshell:Worth staying and having a look around
  • Last visit to Warrnambool: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    I found great tips and photos here. I revisited Warrnambool through your page. Thanks.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2005 at 4:16 PM

    Thanks for the great tips on this coastal destination! I love wandering around seafront places with a bit of history like Warrambool. Well done Ian!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 10:08 AM

    Having another look because daughter was thinking of shifting here.

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2004 at 10:58 PM

    good page - I just loved the fairy penquins when I saw them.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 6:08 PM

    Another enchanting group of pages. I always count on you for a good read. I would love to see (and never touch) the fairy penguins. The Fletcher Jones Gardens and Botanical Gardens appeal to me.

  • scrooge1947's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2003 at 11:53 AM

    I always remember this town as I was caught speeding as I entered and did not manage to talk myself out of the ticket, but worth the visit.


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