About Warrnambool

Located 264kms west of Melbourne, Warrnambool is home to many tourist attractions, not least of which is Logan’s Beach, considered to be Victoria's southern right whale nursery. Every year between May and October, the southern right whales return to Logan’s Beach to calve, often swimming within 100 metres of the shore.

Dairy farming, horticulture, fishing, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, health and community services, education and tourism make up the bulk of industry in Warrnambool, which is the largest city on the Great Ocean Road. The city is bounded by two rivers, the ocean and spectacular beaches. The foreshore is unspoilt and remains in its natural state, and the beaches and rivers offer a complete paradise for all types of fishing. Worth a visit is Flagstaff Hill, a life-size recreated village that reflects the atmosphere of a nineteenth century coastal port in the Warrnambool area.

Further afield, the Tower Hill State Game Reserve is a great place to picnic, view the wildlife or take a trail excursion around the extinct volcano. The Hopkins Falls, north of Warrnambool, are also quite spectacular during the wetter months. The ‘Learn to Surf’ school and beach trail rides are other popular activities.


IGA and Safeways are the main supermarket chains in Warrnambool. Please note that the opening hours are typically more restricted than those in the city, and in most towns the typical opening hours are from 7am-10pm daily.
The Warrnambool Undercover Market is held every Sunday from 8.30am-1pm at the Showgrounds in Koroit St. The Warrnambool Hillside Market is also held on the 2nd Sunday of every month from November to April between 10am-2pm at Flagstaff Hill in Merri St.

Useful Information

There are 6 major banks including the Bendigo Bank, St George, Westpac, Rabobank, ANZ and Wouth West Credit. Bank hours are typically 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday, although ATMs allow 24/7 access to funds.

The Corangamite Regional Library is located in Liebig Street and is open Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-5pm, 9.30am-8pm Friday and 10am-Midday on a Saturday.

Internet Access
Internet access is available to students staying in Warrnambool at the Corangamite Regional Library. Further details can be found under 'Libraries' on this page.

Post Offices
There are 4 Post Offices in Warrnambool, the first two are located at 169 Koroit St and 187 Timor St and are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. The next is located in Gateway Plaza, Raglan Pde and is open from 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-9pm Friday and 8.30am-5pm on a Saturday. There is also one located at 274 Koroit St and this is open from 7am-7.30pm 7 days a week.

Travel Times

Warrnambool is located 262 kilometres south west of Melbourne and is accessible by both car and train.
The travel time is approximately 3 hours by car from Melbourne to Warrnambool.
Warrnambool is accessible from Melbourne by both car and train.

If you are travelling from somewhere other than Melbourne, or would like further information on transport to Warrnambool, visit VicLink.

Further Information

For more information on Apollo Bay and the surrounding areas go here

or contact the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre:
600 Raglan Parade
Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Freecall Ph: 1800 637 725

Orientation Tours can be arranged for students whilst they are on placement, or for a Map of Warrnambool visit Wilkins Tourist Maps. Select Victoria from the list of State Maps and then select ‘Warrnambool’ from the list of Victorian Maps.