Located around 3 hours southwest of Melbourne, Warrnambool is ideally situated on the Great Ocean Road, making getting to Warrnambool both easy and enjoyable. A tourist attraction in its own right, the famous touring route of the Great Ocean Road is well signed and is along a dual lane highway. Once you’re on the Great Ocean Road, you won’t miss any of this picturesque drive with the main road well-signed to ensure you can easily find your way to Warrnambool and back on track again should you wish to continue this iconic route.
There are two main routes for getting to Warrnambool from Melbourne with the Princes Highway being the quickest and most direct route. Taking just over 3 hours, this route is ideal for visitors who just want to get to Warrnambool quickly and in the most efficient way. However by far the most popular route is the longer and more scenic route way along the Great Ocean Road. Taking 4 and a half hours with no stops along the way, you’ll probably want to allow at least 6 hours to complete this drive as there are a wide range of attractions, distractions and spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way.
If you don’t have the luxury of a hire car or your own vehicle, there are still a great range of public transport options to get to Warrnambool. There are three daily V/Line rail services that operate between Melbourne and Warrnambool as well as a number of local bus services. Bus timetables are available from the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre and feature information on individual local services. Public transport is an excellent option as not only is it comfortable and affordable but it also offers you the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery while someone else takes care of all the driving.