Warrnambool, Australia

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Warrnambool Guide – Spend Less, Do More

warrnambool SunriseYou've been driving and driving for what feels like days – the locals weren't kidding when they called it the Great Ocean Road - it's massive! Then all of a sudden, it stops and you've found yourself in Warrnambool. Well you can't turn back to Melbourne now, so you decide on a whim to spend the night in the area. And that spontaneous decision will reward you in spades!

You were going to take the kids to see Oddball anyway – it looked like a classic kids flick. But here in Warrnambool is the inspiration for the story, so you had to take a Middle Island Tour to get up close and personal with the original Maremma Sheepdogs who watch over the island's penguins. You leapt from the modern day to the past, by travelling back in time to the late 1800s at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Renowned for being Australia's most awarded maritime heritage centre, this attraction has over 40 buildings and ships over 10 hectares; you were occupied for hours wandering through it all. But your spontaneous stopover in Warrnambool was only just beginning.

Start your engines!

Move over Phillip Island, Warrnambool has motoring enthusiasts covered! The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic attracts many of the big name professional racing teams from the United States to compete for the prized trophy. The location? A 410 metre dirt track oval named the Premier Speedway. The Speedway also regularly plays host to Australian championships for Sprintcars, Super Sedans and Street Stocks. So put that pedal to the mettle and launch yourself into all the high-octane action!

You thought Melbourne was a sports-mad town

Great Ocean Rd CoastlineBut then you realised it had nothing on Warrnambool! Whatever sport you're into, you'll find it here in Warrnambool. Love bikes? The city is the finishing line of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic cycle race which is the longest one-day endurance race in the world and the world's second oldest bike race. Were you the child that always wanted a pony? Then the Warrnambool Racing Club is for you. Twenty races are held a year including the Warrnambool Cup and the Grand Annual steeplechase which has more jumps than any other horse race and is one of the longest races in the world!

Dog lover? Regular meets are held at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club. AFL, of course, is very popular with many AFL stars growing up in Warrnambool such as three-time premiership winning captain Jonathan Brown of the Brisbane Lions. In addition, three teams from the town play in the Hampden Football League as well as twelve teams in the district competition. Inspired by Jason Day's win at the 2015 PGA Championship? Then Warrnambool Golf Club is perfect for you to improve your stroke play - it's ranked in the top 100 golf courses in Australia. Truly, Warrnambool is crazy for sport!

This spur of the moment extra holiday was great!

And the hotel wasn't that expensive either! But, like all good things, your incredible, spontaneous trip had to come to an end. So you got in the car and started the long drive back to Melbourne. On the way, you stopped for some fuel in the tiniest of seaside towns: Peterborough.

You'd been sitting in the car for a while so you stretched your legs by walking along the rocky coastline of Bass Strait complete with its formations of towers, arches and blowholes. Dad found his calling – a golf course hidden amongst the cliffs and dunes – and once you managed to drag him away from that, you settled down to BBQ next to the Curdies River estuary as the sun slowly set over the horizon. But then you got wind of the sailing and fishing the estuary had to offer, so you had to stay at least for the night, just to check it out. One more day couldn't hurt, could it?

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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