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Warrnambool Hotel & Accommodation

Perfect for history buffs that love a good beachside holiday, Warrnambool is nestled in the rising contours of Victoria's southwest coast just three hours from Melbourne and is host to notorious shipwrecks, unique volcanoes and sparkling blue waters. Explore the rugged Shipwreck Coast with a visit to the award winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and marvel at one of Australia's richest shipwreck collections, cannons and other historical objects. The 1870s village still operates the Lady Bay Lighthouse, providing visitors with a glimpse into Australian maritime history. While Warrnambool might not always appeal to sunbathers it does offer some great surfing opportunities with beaches that front its foreshore reserve and long sandy shores. Hit up Logan's Beach for a morning surf, check out the breaks at Levy's Beach and Second Bay or tackle The Flume where the rock and reef generate consistent and larger sets.

Stroll along Thunder Point with walks that offer spectacular views of rocky coastline and lookouts over the Great Ocean Road. Explore the extensive coastal reserves and gardens including Fletcher Jones Garden. Discover The Botanic Gardens and the tranquil setting of a lily pond rich in birdlife and lush ferneries in the heart of Warrnambool. Best travelled to by car, Warrnambool makes a great base for out-of-town day trips. Rimmed by beds of volcanic ash, explore the lakes and trails of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve just outside of Port Fairy or head east to Port Campbell home to the rugged splendour of the famous Twelve Apostles and iconic golden cliffs that run along 17km of stunning coastline. Rest your head at night in the extravagance of the Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lodge or the creature comforts of the Warrnambool Holiday Park. With plenty of places, there is a resort, hotel or boutique B&B to suit any budget. The best time to visit is between July and September for the best chance to view Southern Right Whales, but as Warrnambool is along the Great Ocean Road, you won't regret making the journey south.