Warrnambool is the next town when heading west, towards South Australia. Warrnambool is a pretty sensational place, and when visiting be prepared to have an extended stay. Being a coastal city not only the shopping, heritage, culture, restaurants and people but there is also beaches and lots recreation opportunities. You will love this place.
The word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous Australians name for a nearby volcanic cone. It is interpreted to mean many things including land between two rivers, two swamps or ample water.
The first settlers arrived in the 1840s in the Lady Bay area, which was a natural harbour. The town was surveyed in 1846 and established soon after, the Post Office opening on 1 January 1849. During the Victorian Gold Rush, Warrnambool became an important port and grew quickly in the 1850s, benefiting from the private ownership of nearby Port Fairy.