My family and I recently spent the weekend in Warrnambool. The Princess Highway is the most efficient way to drive there from Melbourne. The drive takes you through the City of Geelong. AFL fans will delight in the opportunity to stop off at Simonds Stadium, home ground of The 2011 AFL Premiers The Geelong Cats.
The drive will then wind through the town of Winchelsea. I recommend stopping off at either Colac or Camperdown for a break, which are both towns that are just over ½ way to Warrnambool. When you drive through Camperdown you will enjoy the gorgeous tree lined main street.
You will then arrive at your weekend destination of Warrnambool approximately 4 hours after leaving Melbourne.
I recommend the beautiful accommodation at The Lady Bay Resort. Here, you will find a variety of room types all with their own spa baths. The resort is ideally located only 2 minutes drive from the Warrnambool Foreshore and its spectacular views. The views from Stingray Bay and The Breakwater are second to none.
A perfect breakfast, lunch or snack can be found whilst enjoying the views at The Pavilion Café. At the Pavilion Café, there are options aplenty which include an array of home baked treats.
A short drive from the foreshore is the pristine Lake Pertobe. Here, you will find BBQ’S, paddleboat rides and a first class adventure playground for kids of all ages. This playground has a variety of unique play structures and includes 2 thrilling flying foxes and a maze.
Flagstaff Maritime Village is a great tourist attraction worth visiting for its shipwrecked collection and famous sound and lights show each evening.
Liebig Street is the centre of Warrnambool and here in the surrounding streets you will find shops and eateries to delight all tastes and budgets. Families will enjoy Bojangles for great, affordable Italian Cuisine.
All in all Warrnambool has come a long way in recent years and is worthy of a visit. I will definitely be back and next time I will be sure to check out the picturesque town of Port Fairy, about 25 km from Warrnambool. If you come to Warrnambool in August or September you may even be lucky enough to do some Whale watching. For those of you who want to take the scenic route from Melbourne then take the Great Ocean Road for one of the worlds most spectacular scenic coastal drives. It will take you a bit longer but is well worth it.
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