Warrnambool Beach

Warrnambool Beach

Victoria, Great Ocean Road

Warrnambool is the first big town west of Cape Otway and is a popular holiday destination that offers beginner surfers a safe spot to practise on what is a very exposed coastline that is consistently battered by large swells. The western end of the beach, between the surf club and the breakwall, offers great small waves for beginners, even during big west to south west swells.

Wave Type
Small and soft waves break over a broad sandbar, good for catching whitewater waves and easy green waves. The straight sandbar does make the waves close out at this southern end of the beach. As the beach sweeps around to the east you'll find longer rides and bigger, more consistent waves. Avoid the many rips that are present along the exposed eastern section of the beach.

Warrnambool, along with Port Fairy and Bridgewater Bay, is one of the few go to spots for beginners on what is a beautiful yet wild coast. When the waves are too big here, the only option for smaller waves may be back around the eastern side of Cape Otway at the sheltered spots of Apollo Bay or Lorne.

Good Wind Direction
Best on West to North East winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Big West to South West swells, moderate South and small South East swells.

- Rocks
- Rip Currents
- Marine Life

Have fun surfing Warrnambool by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Car parks are located at the harbour at the western end of the beach and at several points along the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from December until late April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located at the surf club and on Pertobe road at the western end of the beach.

Closest Shops
Head into the CBD of Warrnambool where a wide variety of shops are located including cafes, restaurants, take aways, pubs, supermarkets and several good surf shops.

Photos of Warrnambool Beach

Warrnambool Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


View to the more swell exposed eastern end of the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


View east on a sunny summers day with soft spilling waves.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


View to the western end of the beach which offers good shelter for beginner surfers and kids from strong west winds and swells.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The broad, low gradient sandbar of Warrnambool makes this spot a fun learn to surf beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Warrnambool Foreshore, Great Ocean Road
Photo: Rob Blackburn. Courtesy Tourism Victoria


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Apollo Bay 162km

East Beach - Port Fairy 28km

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