Natural Wonders

With spectacular stretches of coastline, fantastic beaches and ocean views, visiting whales, and unique volcanoes, this is truly a very special part of the world.

The Merri River lies to the west of the city, meandering through wetlands before emerging at Stingray Bay, in the Thunder Point Coastal Reserve. 

The Merri is regarded as one of Victoria’s finest brown trout streams, so anglers, bring your rod and tackle.

Thunder Point is probably the best place in Warrnambool to watch the sunset.

Located just off MacDonald Street, this is the place to enjoy some of the best coastal views in the area.

The largest and most picturesque falls on the Hopkins River, Hopkins Falls are set against lush dairy country. 

The falls are among Victoria's widest at an impressive 90 metres with excellent views to be had at either the viewing platform or at the foot of the falls.

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.

Childers Cove and the nearby Murnanes Bay and Sandy Cove could be the Great Ocean Road’s best hidden gems.

The twin inlets feature towering limestone cliffs on three sides and the mighty southern ocean ahead of you.

The Hopkins River Mouth (known locally as the Blue Hole) with its beautiful cliffs, rock formations and rock pools is popular with fishers, dog owners and walkers.

If you're bringing your four-legged friend on your visit to Warrnambool, this will undoubtedly be its favourite spot.

Tower Hill Reserve, nestled inside a dormant volcano, is today a beautiful haven for wildlife thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Tower Hill and volunteers.

Middle Island is situated near Warrnambool harbour and has long been home to a colony of Little Penguins.

Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right whales return to the waters of Warrnambool’s Logans Beach to calve.

Warrnambool’s Lady Bay offers protected swimming along with the more challenging pursuits of surfing, yachting and windsurfing.

Surf lifesavers patrol the beach outside the Warrnambool Surf Club during the summer months.