This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Warrnambool. To help you make friends with Warrnambool before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
On the southwest coast of Victoria, Australia, Warrnambool is about 265 kilometers away from Melbourne, the state capital. Warrnambool is on the Prince Highway, and is home to a population of about 28,000 people. The city was founded in the mid-19th century.
There is an airport about 15 km north of the Central Business District, although the flight schedules are a bit thin at the time of writing. There is also a train service from Melbourne (via Geelong), and the state public transport operator, V-Line, also goes to Warrnambool. Having a rental car while staying in a Warrnambool hostel is of course a great advantage because distances in Australia are vast. The prices for rentals are reasonable, and traveling in a group makes it a great option since the price per traveler goes down significantly.
Many travelers stop to stay in a Warrnambool hostel while on the Prince Highway, but some of them also take The Great Ocean Road which, as its names suggests, goes along the coast. Many tour operators arrange trips down the great coastal highway. You can check their websites for details if you're interested. Alternatively, if you have rented a car, you can do the trip yourself, and stop wherever you wish.
Hostels in Warrnambool are about the same price as most places in Victoria: you'll pay about 25 AUD for a dorm bed. The quality is generally very good and the hostel owners / staff are a great source of information when planning your daily activities, or the trip to Great Ocean Road.
Written by local enthusiast for Warrnambool hostelsMiika