Warrnambool is an ok place. Not really spectacular, but still nice to see. There are some nice bars, beaches, and walking tracks, but nothing really spectacular.
Warrnambool is awesome! The locals are great, the town is small enough to explore easily and not get lost in yet large enough to spend a minimum of a few days there and still have more to explore. Fishtales Cafe is a friendly wee cafe with great service and food. The beach is beautiful, especially with the whales in June. Great wee place and will return there for longer next time I'm over!
Kiwi Chick, NZ
Warrnambool is a great place to live and visit... the beaches are fantastic!!!
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.