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Warrnambool

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Parks
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. At June 2015, Warrnambool had an estimated urban population of 33,979. Situated on the Princes Highway, Warrnambool marks the western end of the Great Ocean Road and the southern end of the Hopkins Highway.It has been referred to as the Albany of the East, due to the two cities' striking similarities.HistoryThe word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous Australian name for a nearby volcanic cone. It is interpreted to mean many things including land between two rivers, two swamps or ample water.A popular legend is that the first Europeans to discover Warrnambool were Cristóvão de Mendonça and his crew who surveyed the coastline nearby and were marooned near the site of the present town as early as the 16th century, based on the unverified reports of local whaler's discovery of the wreck of a mahogany ship. The ship's provenance has been variously attributed to France, China, Spain and Portugal. There is no physical evidence to suggest that it ever existed.The first documented European discovery of Warrnambool occurred under Lieutenant James Grant, a Scottish explorer who sailed the along the coast in December 1800 and named several features. This exploration was followed by that of the English navigator Matthew Flinders in the, and the French explorer Nicholas Baudin, who recorded coastal landmarks, in 1802. The area was frequented by whalers early in the 19th century.
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Water Body
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National Park
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Architectural Building
Warrnambool Breakwater
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Wildlife Area
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
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Tower Hill Cemetery
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Landmark
The F Project
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Shopping in Warrnambool

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mailors Flat Antiques
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Warrnambool Independent Traders Market
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Flea Market
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Museums in Warrnambool

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Specialty Museum
Capital Cinema, Warrnambool
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Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Ngatanwarr Mural
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Warrnambool Art Gallery
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Kid-friendly things to do in Warrnambool

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Biking Trail
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