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About Warrnambool

Uniquely positioned amid green dairying country, overlooking the spectacular Southern Ocean, Warrnambool is a thriving town with a vibrant arts and events scene. Part of the shipwreck coast, it’s also rich in maritime history. Its dramatic position, on a plateau behind a steep bluff, with rivers to the east and west, is a sharp contrast to its gentle, pretty streetscapes dotted with historic buildings.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Warrnambool region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Warrnambool region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne

256km. Approximately a three-hour drive.


Surrounding towns

Airey’s Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Cape Bridgewater, Colac, Dunkeld, Lorne, Port Fairy.



Median house price: $336,000

Median house rent: $340 p/w

Median unit price: $252,000

Median unit rent: $260 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events 

Warrnambool Art Gallery houses a diverse permanent collection, with everything from colonial paintings of the 1800s to contemporary works. It also regularly hosts exciting touring exhibitions and events, while nearby Merri View Gallery proudly showcases the work of local artists. Take in a show at the local Lighthouse Theatre, with drama, comedy, dance and music, where its ever-changing calendar caters to all tastes. A not-to-be-missed, highlight of the year is the festive, Warrnambool May Race Carnival.

Food and wine scene

Foodies will love Warrnambool’s dynamic dining scene. Its many waterfront restaurants boast menus that will tickle your taste buds and views that will take your breath away. Pippies by the Bay and Simon’s Waterfront are famous for their use of fresh local seafood and produce, while Piccolo Restaurant is a favourite with families. For an unforgettable fine dining experience, book a table at the Pickled Pig, its modern European menu is imaginative and delicious.

Family Fun 

There are eight hectares of good old-fashioned fun to be had at Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground. With giant slides, flying foxes, a maze, boat rides, picnic spots and undercover barbecues, it’s a great way to spend the day. You can step back in time at the award-winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a charming, historic village built around the heritage listed Warrnambool Lighthouse. It has evening sound and light shows that tell the stories of the famous Loch Ard shipwreck, as well as Warrnambool’s fascinating whaling history.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Warrnambool is famous for its spectacular swimming beaches and surfing spots. You can stroll along the picturesque foreshore promenade, go scuba diving in a shipwreck, or climb up to a clifftop walking track for the breathtaking views. Every June to October you’ll see magnificent southern right whales at Logans Beach, as they return to give birth and raise their calves. And just out of town is the stunning Tower Hill Reserve. Located in an extinct volcano crater, it’s a haven for native flora and fauna, including emus, kangaroos and koalas. Warrnambool also has a range of sports at local clubs with first-rate facilities:

• Warrnambool Stadium – basketball, volleyball, badminton

• Aquazone – indoor and outdoor pools, gym, fitness programmes

• Warrnambool Golf Club



You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, with everything from charming, unique local stores to bustling supermarkets. Plus, regular farmers’ and makers’ markets offer local seasonal produce, delicious gourmet goods and unique arts and crafts.


Warrnambool is easily accessed by major highways and has its own railway station, with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services

Warrnambool has a comprehensive range of health services, including numerous clinics, private practices and two hospitals - St John of God Warrnambool Hospital and South West Healthcare. It has several very active local community centres and groups where you can learn new skills, make connections and share ideas.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 14 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: St Joseph’s School (Co-ed P-6 Catholic), Warrnambool College (Co-ed 7-12), King’s College Warrnambool (Co-ed P-12 Private).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.