Stay in our Warrnambool accommodation and experience this lovely town on the Shipwreck Coast, which boasts swimming beaches, walking trails, beautiful scenery and historical sites. Warrnambool is located on Lady Bay and overlooks the Southern Ocean. Warrnambool gets its name from an Aboriginal word meaning “water between two rivers”, which was used to describe a nearby mountain range, and the Shipwreck Coast gets its name from over 180 ships which were wrecked along the coast.
Visit Flagstaff Hill, while staying in our Warrnambool accommodation, and learn of the area's
maritime history, with a recreated maritime village, an original lighthouse and a nightly, $3 million, laser and sound show called ‘Shipwrecked’, which lets you experience the final actions of the ill-fated clipper Loch Ard before it sank off the coast.
While staying in our Warrnambool accommodation, relax and have fun at the area's favourite family attraction Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, which features children's' playground, skate park, BBQ facilities and walking tracks across the protected wetlands. Opposite the park is Lady Bay Beach which is perfect for wind-surfing, yachting, and swimming with lifeguards patrolling during summer. Another great beach for swimming is Stingray Bay at the mouth of the Merri River. Levy's Point, while not safe for swimming, is ideal for surfing and fishing.
Visit Cannon Hill, while staying in our Warrnambool accommodation, and enjoy stunning views of Lady Bay and the Southern Ocean, and see "Padrao", the monument to early Portuguese exploration of the area in the 1500s. Cannon Hill is named for the cannons which were installed to defend the town from sea-borne invasion from the Russians during the Crimean war.
Get close to nature, while staying in our Warrnambool accommodation, by visiting Tower Hill State Game Reserve where koalas, emus, kangaroos and waterbirds roam freely. Or visit Hopkins Falls, 13km north-east of town, where the annual upstream migration of eels can be witnessed in early summer. See the famous painting of Tower Hill, painted by Eugene Von Guerard’s in 1855, at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. The Gallery, established in 1886, is one of Australia's oldest public art galleries and boasts a great collection of Australian and European works.