Warrnambool sits in the south-west corner of Victoria amid green dairy farm country and overlooks the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. This city of 33,000 people is the main commercial and services centre for the western end of The Great Ocean Road region. The city has a thriving arts and events scene, excellent restaurants serving the best and freshest local produce and a relaxed café scene, and extensive shopping in the central business district. The Flagstaff Hill Maritime village tells the story of the shipwreck era of the 1800′s and is a year round attraction. There are numerous accommodation choices as Warrnambool is a base for commercial travellers and for visitors to the many events throughout the year.
There is a long history linked with the sea and the city boasts marvellous beaches that attract crowds in the warmer months and walkers in the cooler parts of the year. Look out for the Southern Right Whale which return to Logan’s Beach every May on their way north and again in September/October with their newborn before heading for antartica’s summer. Logan’s Beach is referred to as a ‘whale nursery’ as the young are nurtured here in preparation for the long journey south. Often they can be seen at play just 100 metres off shore.
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