Enjoy The Sights And Attractions of Warrnambool

The city of Warrnambool is located on the south-west coast of Victoria and lies in the middle of Port Fairy and Port Campbell.  The coastline of Warrnambool that runs up to Cape Otway is infamously titled the Shipwreck Coast, as a large number of ships and vessels were shipwrecked or ran around during the 1800s and early part of the 19th century. This was due a combination of inclement weather and the rugged coastline.

Nowadays Warrnambool has become a popular tourist spot that has a large commercial centre to be found Kepler Street, Liebig Street, Timor Street and Koroit Street. The shopping hub is detached from the ocean by a stretch of parkland and coastal reserves. Visitors will find several historic buildings in the area which include the courthouse (1871) and post office (1870) among others. Travel along the Princes Highway that runs through Warrnambool and you will arrive at the grand boulevard of Raglan Parade.

A great place to stay in Warrnambool is the Comfort Inn Western within the centre of the city. The Comfort Inn Western is just a 15 minute walk away from Warrnambool Beach and Flagstaff Hill Maritime village.  The area has a great variety of coastal attractions with the main swimming area being Bathing Beach that is located at the top of Lady Bay. A great place to visit is the Lake Pertobe Adventure Park that lies behind the beach with an impressive 20 hectares of playgrounds, a lake with footbridges, islands, paddle boats etc. For whale watchers there is a great viewing platform at Logans Beach, which is the best vantage point in the area to watch the giant mammals during the period between June and September. You will anglers lined up at the western end of Lady Bay where you could enjoy a spot of fishing. To its west are two islands and a sheltered swimming area at the mouth of the Merri River. Move further down and you can explore the rocky coastal features of Pickering and Thunder Point.

Besides the many coastal reserves that are lined with walkways, the city offers plenty of attractive gardens and parks which include the Fletcher Jones Gardens that is floodlit at night. For birdwatchers and amateur ornithologist the Botanic Gardens which has a large lily pond is the place to be. It also features a rotunda, with a fernery and a diverse selection of plant life. To learn about the city’s maritime history visit Flagstaff Hill that exhibits a replica of a 19th century sea port, built from authentic materials and has some very interesting interactive displays.

Move to the east of Warrnambool and you will find the famous Hopkins Falls that is on the Hopkins River. The place is renowned for its many walking tracks and has some lovely areas to enjoy a picnic. Tower Hill Game Reserve lies midway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy and covers 615 hectares which include lakes, walking tracks, and lookouts. Travel 12 kilometres to the east of Warrnambool, and you will be in the small town of Allansford, well known for its quality Australian cheeses and wine.

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