Located 263 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, where the Princes Highway meets the Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool, population 28 000 is a coastal city bounded by two rivers, the Merri River to the west and the Hopkins River to the east. Warrnambool is renowned for its safe, sheltered beaches, moderate climate, parks and gardens, its first class sporting, cultural and entertainment facilities, and wool industry. One of the finest racecourses in Victoria is located here, as well as the sizeable Warrnambool campus of Deakin University.
At Logans Beach, the southern right whales come within view of the shoreline to give birth each year between June and October.
Surf, rock, sea and river fishing are popular, particularly at Levys Beach, Killarney Beach and the Hopkins and Merri rivers, and there are several fishing competitions in the course of the year.