Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation in Warrnambool
Explore shipwrecks and stunning stretches of coast with a luxury Warrnambool escape
The eventful history of the Shipwreck Coast comes to life at Warrnambool, a former port city at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. Warrnambool is one of the biggest hubs along this stretch of coastline and is a popular year-round destination, thanks to its luxury accommodation offerings, relaxed lifestyle, beaches and retail therapy.
One of Warrnambool's biggest claims to fame is its history. A visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a must, where their nightly sound and laser show tells the story of the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878. Step even further back in time at Tower Hill, an extinct volcano crater. This ancient geological site is home to an abundance of native plants and wildlife, including emus, koalas, kangaroos and echidnas. Take a tour with one of the local guides to learn about Aboriginal culture. Wander the Warrnambool Heritage Trail, a three-kilometre path that takes in a cluster of important architectural and historical sites. More history kicks can be had at Warrnambool Lady Bay Lighthouses, Warrnambool Garrison, Proudfoot's Boathouse and the War Memorial.
Take a break from brushing up on Warrnambool history by getting acquainted with some of the town's furriest locals. Two Maremma dogs stand guard over the colony of Little Penguins on Middle Island, having been charged with protecting the petite penguins from foxes and other predators. The story might sound familiar - it was the subject of the 2015 film Oddball. Interaction with the dogs is limited but travellers keen to learn the ins and outs of this project (the first of its kind in the world) can join a 'Meet the Maremmas' tour. Visitors between June and October can also keep their eyes peeled for the migrating whales that make their way along the coast to the Logans Beach nursery each year to give birth and raise their calves.
After a day out exploring, enjoy dinner at one of the many top restaurants and cafes in town before retiring to your boutique Warrnambool accommodation. Choose to hole up in coastal apartments, a stylish townhouse or an inland cottage. Look through our range of Warrnambool accommodation here, or browse Great Ocean Road and Victoria accommodation.