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Warrnambool



 
Warrnambool is the fifth largest provincial city of Victoria, Australia and is the only city which lies on the Shipwreck Coast. Warrnambool is located 263km west of Melbourne city where the Princes Highway correspond with the Great Ocean Road. Warrnambool is a popular tourist destination site which is popular for its beaches, forests, farms, waterfalls, wildlife reserves and has the most amazing stretch of coastline in the whole world.

The unique history of Warrnambool city is largely dependent on the shipwreck which occurred in the sand dunes of Warrnambool’s outskirt beaches. The history of the region is shadowed in complete mystery and it is believed that it the Portuguese vessel, known as “The Mahogany Ship” could ever speak it could have depicted the true history of the region. The area has witnessed many shipwrecks in the past, many of which still remain on the beaches of Warrnambool. The Warrnambool city was named after a local mountain of the same name which stands for ‘water between two rivers’. However, the first inhabitants of Warrnambool were probably the Portuguese sailors who appeared in the 1500’s. Warrnambool became a municipality in 1855, a borough in 1863 and gained the city status in 1918.

Warrnambool city enjoys a moderate type of climate with summer temperatures of 22ºC on an average and winter temperatures of 14ºC on an average. The annual rainfall of Warrnambool is about 690mm on an average in a year.

Warrnambool city is well-connected by rail, road and air transport facilities. If you wish to reach here by train, you can avail the Vline or Countrylink rail services from the Spencer Street Station of Melbourne. Geelong’s Avalon Airport is the nearest airport which serves the city of Warrnambool and one can find domestic and overseas flights from this airport. One can even find private bus services from Melbourne to the Warrnambool city and some of them are even linked to the intercity train services from Melbourne.

Warrnambool city hosts the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic race of Australia region. Car-drivers from all parts of Australia and other places participate in the race and in the week-long festivities. The Wunta Festival is held every year in the month of February in Warrnambool city. The Grand Annual Steeplechase is also organised in the city which is one of the longest steeplechase races in the whole world.

There are many interesting sites to be visited while on your vacationing trip to Warrnambool as it is a popular tourist’s destination site. Some of the most popular sites include:
  • Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
  • Flagstaff Hill
  • Hopkins Falls
  • Lady Bay
  • Tower Hill Cemetery
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tower Hill
  • Fletcher Jones Gardens
Warrnambool has many marvellous beaches which offer a whole range of sea activities for visitors like yachting, windsurfing and swimming on the safe beaches of Lady Bay. Stringray Bay at the mouth of Merri River is an excellent protected bay which is the base of fairy penguins. Several other beaches are thee in Warrnambool which are major crowd pullers.

Warrnambool is the leading source of retail outlets in the south-western Victoria. There is a whole variety of shops and the central business district is easily accessible. The city centre provides a huge range of shops for boutique shopping and Warrnambool also has many speciality stores selling exclusive items.

Warrnambool has many restaurants, cafes, bistros and food joints which cater to all kinds of culinary details of people of all ages. Warrnambool is famous for its spread of fresh seafood items and dairy products. The café culture is popular at the southern end of Leibig Street. Some popular dining places of Warrnambool include—Warrnambool Hotel, The Criterion, The Western, Mac’s, The Gallery, The Junction Hotel and The Whaler’s Inn among others.

Warrnambool city also offer efficient services at cheap rates at the hotels, motels, caravan parks and lodges. Some of the popular accommodation options of the Warrnambool city include:
  • Surfside Holiday Park
  • Riverside Gardens Motor Inn
  • Atwood Motor Inn
  • Log Cabin Motel
  • Hotel Warrnambool
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