It is 260 km west from Melbourne, and has a population of 31,000. It is the largest town in southwestern Victoria and makes a good base for travellers to explore the surrounding area.
Warrnambool has an airport approximately 15 km north of the CBD, although there are no scheduled commercial flights. Mount Gambier is 2 hours drive away to the west and has scheduled flights, but the best choice is generally Melbourne that has many more services and facilities and is a 3.5 hour drive to the east. Due to Avalon Airport's location between Melbourne and Geelong, 204 km from Warrnambool, flying to Melbourne, renting a car and driving on to Warrnambool is much easier from Avalon Airport than from Melbourne Airport.
V/Line operates three daily train services from Melbourne to Warrnambool. The journey of 3.5 hours operates via Geelong, and trains have a buffet car on board serving snacks. As a long distance service with reserved seats you should book tickets with V/Line in advance. Go online, call or go to the station. However, you will usually be able to buy a ticket just before travel, and there are conductors on board who sell paper tickets (Myki cards are not used on this route). Tickets are $39 each way from Melbourne.
From Melbourne, Warrnambool can be reached on the inland Princes Highway in approximately 3.5 hours. Another possible route is going along the Hamilton Highway, which takes approximately 3.5 hours as well, however local traffic on these narrower roads may slow you down. Alternatively, you can take the Great Ocean Road. This takes approximately 6.5 hours (without stopping), but is well worth it for the spectacular views.
Warrnambool is easy to navigate by car. Metered parking in the city costs 70c per hour, but it is easy to find unmetered parking.
Transit South West operates 10 bus routes within the city of Warrnambool. Most routes run hourly, and the city terminus is a short walk from the railway station. Tickets are $2.00 for 2 hours, and $3.40 for a full day (half price concession/children's tickets).
- Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. 9AM - 5PM. A substantial museum, with a replica community and many exhibits. A nighttime show "Shipwrecked" tells the story of the wreck at Loch Ard gorge, projected onto a water fountain in the lake
- Lake Pertobe and Foreshore area.
- Southern Right Whales at Logans Beach.. There is a viewing platform, and whales can often be easily seen without binoculars.
- Tower Hill (Princes Hwy, 14 km west of Warrnambool). wildlife reserve
Kermonds Hamburgers - 151 Lava Street. Original 1950s style hamburgers.
There is lots of accommodation, including motels and rental houses.
- Elm Tree Motel, 179 Kepler Street, ☏ . Airconditioning, electric blankets
- Comfort Inn Warrnambool, Corner Timor and Kepler Street.
- Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs Warrnambool, Worm Bay Road, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 80 guestrooms, including Deluxe suites and Premium suites with spa baths.
|Routes through Warrnambool|
|END ←||W E||→ Terang → Melbourne|
|Mount Gambier ← Port Fairy ←||W E||→ Camperdown → Melbourne|
|END ←||W E||→ Peterborough → Torquay|