Warrnambool has been named as a finalist in the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards, with a public vote to help determine the winners.
The city is a finalist in the Top Tourism Town category with a population over 5,000.
Warrnambool Acting Mayor Cr Max Taylor called on everyone to vote on the Victoria Tourism Industry Council website from June 1.
“It’s terrific that the judging panel has named Warrnambool as one of the finalists,” he said.
“For anyone planning a holiday, Warrnambool really does have it all.
“It’s the perfect blend of a relaxed seaside location with all of the amenities you could ever need.
“As the regional capital of the Great South Coast, we have an array of dining, retail and accommodation choices to suit all travellers and our CBD is located just a stones-throw from the foreshore area.
“Bordered by the Merri and Hopkins rivers along with the ocean, there’s no shortage of great places to cast a line either, whether that’s from a pontoon or in a boat. Our Visitor Information Centre regularly helps out tourists to find the best spot to land the perfect catch.
“There’s always a reason to visit the beach, whether it’s to swim or surf in summer, whale watching in winter or to take in a stunning sunset at Thunder Point in autumn – I’ve lived here my whole life and the majesty of our coastline never ceases to leave me in awe.
“We’re home to world-class events like the May Racing Carnival, the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic, while major attractions like Flagstaff Hill and the hot springs cater for tourists year-round.
“Speaking with visitors, I often hear how great Warrnambool is for families. Sometimes as locals we can take places like Lake Pertobe for granted, but when people from further afield see it for the first time, especially following last year’s upgrade, they can’t believe how amazing it is. And when you’ve got the beach just there, the skate park, the BMX track, the Merri River and soon a new basketball court, it’s a really unique precinct that we should be really proud of as a city.
“So help Warrnambool get the recognition it deserves as a top tourist town, and encourage your friends and family who love our city to vote too from June 1.”
To vote, visit www.vtic.com.au/toptourismtown from June 1.