We arrived in Warrnambool after a horrid night at Johanna Beach. The wind was howling and rocking the troopy all night and we barely got any sleep. Exhausted and weathered, we pulled into the largest city along the south west coast of Victoria and went straight to the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre next to Flagstaff Hill and got clued up on what to do. The first destination was the Botanic Gardens for a picnic lunch.
Warrnambool is located at the end of the Great Ocean Road and overlooks Lady Bay. The Merri river is on the western side and the Hopkins River is on the eastern side. Established in 1855, it started off as a whaling and sealing town, but these days, there are about 34,000 people living there.
Our first day was a bit cloudy and dreary so we stayed the night at a mate’s place to take advantage of the next’s days sunny weather to do our sightseeing. We ended up staying another night because there was so much to see and do!
Points of Interest
A great place to spend the day. While it is a botanic garden, its main purpose seems to be for public use, rather than for acclimatisation and conservation of plant varieties.
This structure was completed in 1890 and provides great views of the bay and open ocean.
Dirty Angel War Memorial & Cannon Hill
At the end of Liebig Street is a war memorial that was built in 1925 and now commemorates the servicemen who fought in the world wars, Korean and Vietnam wars. The angel at the top is made of Italian marble and if you look at it from the side, it looks like it’s … well… you’ll get the picture.
Right near the war memorial is Cannon Hill. There are a few cannons overlooking Lake Pertobe and Lady Bay. The surrounding area has picnic benches and BBQs.
Fletcher Jones Garden
This eclectic park is full of colour and is shadowed by the former Fletcher Jones clothes factory. There’s a great rose garden and a wishing well.
A short drive out of town will bring you to Hopkins Falls, a low and wide waterfall surrounded by dairy fields. The lower lookout will give you a better viewpoint and has a ‘Photopole’ that holds your camera for you so you can get yourself in the photo!
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
This place is awesome. There’s a maze, flying fox, tyre mountain, a handful of various playgrounds, picnic facilities and toilets. So much fun!
If you’re looking for a great cafe in town, check out Brightbird Espresso. They make great coffee and have an excellent breakfast menu.
BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park – 15 Princes Highway – 03 5568 1145
BIG4 Hopkins River Holiday Park – 25 Jubilee Park Road – 03 5565 1327
Discovery Holiday Parks – 25 Pertobe Road – 03 5561 1514
We’d like to extend a massive thank you to Colleen and Luke for taking us in for the two nights we spent in Warrnambool. You guys are awesome and we had a great time chatting and seeing the sights. The world would be a better place with more people like you two.
Thank you for everything,
Dave & Juz