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Warrnambool is a seaside city on the Great Ocean Road, famous for being a major stop along the road for whale-watching. Its history of being part of the Shipwreck Coast can be explored at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Warrnambool’s coastal delights are perfect for visitors looking to make a pit stop while exploring the Great Ocean Road. The Whale Viewing Platform at Logans Beach is packed in the winters when excited visitors vye for a chance to spot the magnificent Southern Right Whale, often seen quite close to the shore along with other whale species swimming around the rough waters. The Moyjil/Point Ritchie Lookout provides beautiful views of Logans Beach and the main Warrnambool Foreshore, with the sparkling Hopkins River dividing the two sandy stretches. Shelly Beach is a quieter alternative,with the nearby coastal reserves creating an admirable combination of nature meeting the sea. The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village lets visitors take a step back in time as they explore the recreation of a 19th century Australian port. The area is populated with costumed actors and trades of the time such as blacksmiths and shipbuilders. The shipwreck museum within tells visitors stories from the 19th and 20th centuries, when scores of ships got wrecked along the rugged coast, earning it the name Shipwreck Coast. The nearby Lake Pertobe is a beautiful expanse of lush greenery surrounding the serene lakes, a popular spot for picnic and boating. The Thunder Point Lookout on the other side of the city offers beautiful views of the rugged coastline, with the nearby Pickering Point Lookout providing a scenic view of the city and the Merri River. Driving through the city reveals its love for the Norfolk Island pine trees that are all around its roads. The Warrnambool Art Gallery, one of the oldest art galleries in Australia, houses an impressive collection of Australian artwork collected over time.
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