How To Spend A Long Weekend In Warrnambool, Victoria

By Budget Motels on 18 April 2018

Located on the stunning Great Ocean Road, the beachside town of Warrnambool is a popular destination for families, couples and groups to spend a long weekend – both in summer and winter. To help you plan the most enjoyable stay, we’ve put together a 3 day long weekend itinerary that will allow you to take in as many of the sights and sounds of Warrnambool as possible.


Warrnambool is about a 3 hour drive from Melbourne, so getting an early start is a must! To make the most of the long weekend, plan to arrive in Warrnambool by 11am and head straight to the Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground so that the kids can burn off some energy. Alternatively, take some time to wander the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

For lunch, there are numerous cafes in the area to enjoy. The Pavilion Café & Bar, Bohemia Café & Bar and Simon’s Waterfront are particularly popular – and for good reason. Ample gluten free and vegetarian options are also available.

In the afternoon, take the 25-minute drive to the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve where you can hike the 4km route around the inactive volcano. As you explore, be sure to keep an eye out for koalas, emus, kangaroos, sugar gliders and many species of water birds. Guided tours are available upon request, and you can also check out local Aboriginal crafts at the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre.

For dinner, head back into Warrnambool and dine at one of the local restaurants. Many, such as Proudfoots Boathouse, are known for serving fresh local seafood. The Flying Horse Bar & Brewery is great if you’re looking for a pub meal.


After a leisurely sleep in and breakfast either at your accommodation or one of the local cafes, we highly recommend heading to the local golf course or wandering through the Warrnambool Art Gallery. The golf course is known for being one of the most beautiful in Australia, whilst the gallery showcases works by some amazing Australian artists.

Head out to Basalt Wines in nearby Killarney for lunch with a difference. Sit back with a glass of wine (choose from a selection of sparkling, whites, roses and reds) and some delicious Spanish or French tapas dishes.

The heritage listed site of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is the perfect way to while away the afternoon. As the largest maritime museum in Victoria and boasting amazing views over Lady Bay, you could spend hours here. Learn about life in Warrnambool during the 19th century and be delighted by the Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show.

Dinner can be a quiet affair at one of the local restaurants – popular hotspots include Logans Café Restaurant, Pippies By The Bay, Mister Brightside Woodfired Pizza and Pickled Pig.


Unless you’ve arranged a late checkout, you’ll need to vacate your accommodation by 10am. Grab some breakfast, either at your accommodation, before you leave, or opt to eat a bit later at one of the local cafes. Once fed, head down to Logan’s Beach for a swim (if it’s warm enough) or a wander. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot some Southern Right Whales as they frolic with their calves.

Hopping back in the car around lunchtime, will ensure you arrive home in plenty of time for dinner and a good night’s sleep before work or school the next day.