Warrnambool is home to a wide range of activities, attractions and amenities, which you can easily explore at your own leisure. Check out our Top 5 attractions and things to do in Warrnambool
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Flagstaff Hill is a state heritage listed site overlooking the beautiful Lady Bay. Today you can explore the site and gain a glimpse into our regions maritime heritage.
Both a living historical village that displays the life of a 19th century port and town, and holder of Victoria’s largest maritime shipwreck collection, it occupies a beautiful site, tumbling down the bluff towards Lady Bay. You can explore the village area that has over 40 buildings and vessels spread over 10 hectares. Explore at your own pace or take the fun (and educational) Sea Chest Challenge Trail, and all kids receive a bag of nibbles for the farm animals that they will discover as they explore.
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is a year-round family attraction. It’s a 20 hectare adventure playground and a paradise for kids. There are giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. Everyone can enjoy the lovely walking tracks around the lakes, and the park features delightful picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities.
The Lake Pertobe precinct is also home to lawn tennis courts, mini golf, an athletics track and there’s a nearby skateboard park.
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Tower Hill, just to the west of Warrnambool, is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria. Tower Hill is must see for any visitors to Warrnambool, as it teems with wildlife.
Tower Hill is an enormous volcanic crater rimmed by beds of volcanic ash. The swampy floor of the crater is punctuated by conical hills which, after good rains, virtually become islands surrounded by a shallow lake.
The inside of the crater, and the island-hills are now a wildlife reserve and there are substantial populations of native birds and wildlife. It’s easy to see koalas, kangaroos, emus and much more.
Hopkins Falls are set in lush dairy country. Theymake an ideal picnic, fishing and walking spot, with gas BBQs and toilets provided. For a few days in early summer each year, the falls are the scene for one of nature’s most extraordinary migrations, as short-finned eels negotiate the falls on their migration to and from their spawning grounds in the Coral Sea (3000 km away).
Warrnambool’s Botanic Gardens were designed by William Guilfoyle in 1879, shortly after he completed the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. Designed in the classic style, these elegant sheltered gardens feature wide curving paths, ancient trees, a lily pond with ducks, fernery and a band rotunda. The garden retains remnants of the original flora on the site, plus a fernery with flora from the Otway Ranges.