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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    

(Princes Highway A1)

263 kms 3 hours 15 mins

(Great Ocean Road B100)

353 kms 5 hours 30 mins

(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 almost 34,000 people (ABS, 2015). 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.

Finding out detailed information about the Warrnambool community has never been easier. The following links provide access to a snapshot of the community (profile), enable mapping of key characteristics of the population (atlas), and current forecasts what the city might be like in the future (forecast).

Warrnambool Health and Wellbeing Profile

The Health and Wellbeing Profile page provides detailed community data and health & wellbeing indicators for Warrnambool and links to a range of useful community data and reports.


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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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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