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Things to do

There are so many things to see and do in and around Warrnambool. Discover some of the many exciting activities on offer like whale watching, fishing, surfing, swimming, Warrnambool races, great shops and restaurants, an awesome base to discover the Great Ocean Road and its many highlights.

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Warrnambool’s patrolled surf beach is located off Pertobe Road. The beach fronts the foreshore reserve and forms the shoreline of Lady Bay.

Day on the Hill

The ‘Day on the Hill’ festival includes Australian music acts, activities and events for the entire family. Headline acts are supported by a great range of local acts that will entertain crowds across the Easter weekend.

Allansford Cheese World

Powned and operated by the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory, Cheese World is the cellar door outlet for their award winning Warrnambool Heritage Cheddar cheese range. Around 13 km from Blue Whale Motor Inn & Apartments.

Fun4Kids Festival

Held in July, Fun4Kids Festival is made up of 17 incredible fun zones full of kids’ entertainment and activities. With so many things to do in one location, you can choose your own adventure and enjoy the festival at your own pace.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia’s richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870s village located on a state heritage listed overlooking Lady Bay.

Grand Annual Sprintcars Speedway

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic held in January is an internationally recognised event which attracts an invasion of professional race teams from the USA to win the coveted trophy.

Hopkins River

The nearby Hopkins River mouth – with its beautiful cliffs, rock formations and rock pools – is a popular fishing spot.

Hopkins Falls

Around 17km away, Hopkins Falls are an ideal picnic, fishing and walking spot, with gas barbecues and toilets provided

Great Ocean Road, Peterborough

Peterborough – approximately 50km away – is well known for historical shipwrecks, as well as views of the London Arch – an offshore formation in the Port Campbell National Park.

Logan’s Beach Whale Watching

Each year, roughly between late May and early October, Southern Right Whales return to their nursery at Logan’s Beach to give birth and raise their calves.

Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground

Close by is Warrnambool’s fantastic Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground – paradise for kids with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides.

May Race Carnival

All roads lead to the ‘Bool’ in the first week of May each year as the Club conducts the internationally acclaimed TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.

Middle Island Maremma Project

Nearby Middle Island has long been home to a colony of Little Penguins. Maremma dogs were trained to protect the penguins from foxes during the breeding season – as featured in the movie, Oddball.

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Located at Lavers Hill (approximately 126 km away), Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers a nature-based rainforest walk in the treetops, plus an exciting zip line experience.

Port Fairy Folk Festival

Every March Port Fairy hosts its Folk Festival – a popular annual four-day music festival featuring local and international acts.

Proudfoot’s Boathouse

Built in 1885, Proudfoot’s Boathouse was a very popular destination for tourists from Melbourne, and first started serving afternoon teas in 1886.

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill is a major natural landmark around 15km from Warrnambool. Many people visit it to enjoy a picnic or walk, to see its wildlife or to study its geology.

Thunder Point Coastal Walk

Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, around 4km away, offers some of the best coastal scenery in the area.

Whaleboat Racing

Each February the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village fleet of whaleboats are used for the Australian Whale boat Championships.

Wollaston Bridge

Located approximately six kilometres from Blue Whale Motor Inn & Apartments, Wollaston Bridge was erected across the Merri River in 1890. A rare surviving example of a cable suspension bridge in Victoria.

Warrnambool Botanic Gardens

Around three kilometres away, the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens comprise 20 acres of tranquil gardens, providing the people of Warrnambool with a great source of municipal pride and a timeless place of pleasure and interest for future generations.

Wunta Fiesta

February’s Wunta Fiesta is one of Warrnambool’s major festivals providing a celebration of music, food and fun for people of all ages.