History and Heritage

From the land’s original inhabitants stretching back tens of thousands of years, to a turbulent maritime past, Warrnambool has a rich and varied history ready to explore.

Eager to learn more about Warrnambool’s history, or perhaps you have some local connections yourself?

Heritage Works is a repository of local history, charting the city’s growth from the earliest European settlers through to the latter part of the 20th century.

Designed in the classic style, these elegant, sheltered gardens feature wide curving paths, old and rare plants, a band rotunda and a lily pond which is home to ducks and turtles.

Flagstaff Hill combines Australia’s richest collection of shipwreck artefacts, a 19th century replica village and a multi-million dollar sound and light show to create one of Warrnambool’s premier attractions.

From Point Ritchie you can gaze out over a basalt reef to the mighty Southern Ocean.

In the winter and spring southern right whales can be seen just a few hundred metres offshore. The occasional seal likes to drop by and frolic amongst the kelp.

The heritage listed Wollaston Bridge, constructed in 1890, is one of Warrnambool's most iconic landmarks.

The bridge is of aesthetic, architectural and historical significance – it is one the oldest cable suspension bridges in Victoria and one of the most striking.