City Information


Warrnambool is the largest city in the Great Ocean Road region, located 263km south-west of Melbourne, approximately a 3 hour drive via Geelong on the Princes Highway or Hamilton Highway. Or if you choose to come along the Great Ocean Road, allow approximately 5.5 hours driving time.

Travel distance to Warrnambool

From Melbourne via Princes Highway A1

263 kms 3 hours 15 mins

From Melbourne via Great Ocean Road B100

353 kms 5 hours 30 mins

From Melbourne via Hamilton Highway B140

260 kms 3 hours 10 mins
from Ballarat 174 kms 2 hours
from Adelaide (A1) 655 kms 8 hours
from Torquay (B100) 267 kms 4 hours
from Halls Gap (Grampians) 166 kms 2 hours 30 mins
from The 12 Apostles (B100) 77 kms 1 hour 15 mins
Allow extra time for sight seeing!    

Warrnambool has Eastern Standard Time, as does Melbourne (Victoria) and Sydney (NSW). Clocks advance by one hour between November and March for daylight savings.


Warrnambool City Council is a municipality in south western Victoria with a population of 35,406 people (ABS, 2021). Warrnambool is the largest city in the Great Ocean Road region, and Victoria’s largest coastal city (outside Port Phillip Bay). A growing regional centre, the city provides retail, professional, educational, social and health services to a regional catchment of approximately 100,000 people.


Warrnambool has a moderate climate with an average maximum summer temperature of 22°C, while the average winter maximum is 14°C.

Current Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology weather for Warrnambool and District.


  • Unemployment Rate 4%, 2018.

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A local tour service is also available.


The City's main education centres include Deakin University (Warrnambool Campus), the South West TAFE, Government and private primary and secondary schools, and pre-school centres. For information on schools in Warrnambool, visit the Schools Online website and search for ‘Warrnambool’.


South West Healthcare and St John of God Hospital are the main health services in Warrnambool. For information about healthcare providers in the Warrnambool area, visit the Victorian Better Health Channel's health services directory.

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