This is a sensational walk that takes in some the best of Warrnambool, it includes the beach, history arts, culture and play spaces.
There is so much to do on this walk including a swim, picnic, play or keep walking around the coast or Lake Pertobe.
The Walks starts at Artillery Cres car park, but is only a 5 minute walk from the railway station or Liebig St and the CBD.
Dog on leash for most of the walk but no dogs allowed at the Marine Sanctuary (which is near the turn around point of this loop walk).
The Warrnambool Breakwater consists of two parts: the concrete breakwater extending out into the bay, and the timber viaduct which once joined it to the shore, which now runs along the east side of the Merri River and is surrounded by land to the east.
This sign has been here for a while, but don't know much about it.
If the weather is good it really is worth getting up early for this!
Beautiful firm sand makes the beach a joy for walking.
Race horses are trained on the beach until 10.30am each morning which can be off putting if you are not into horses (so keep a wide berth).
There are some steep steps to get onto the Breakwater, or if you have a pram you can walk a little further to access. Love the sign that looks like a surfer who forgot their board.
It must be amazing to stand here on a a day with rough seas, but gorgeous on a sunny morning.
A good view back to Warrnambool over the beach and Lake Pertobe.
It is worth a wander to the end of the Breakwater.
The concrete bumps are the Old Warrnambool Aquarium that opened in 1971 and closed in 1998.
The Islands are part of the Merri Marine Sanctuary which goes from tje mouth of the Merri River and covers 25ha of coast from the Breakwater to Thunder Point. No dogs allowed.
The path is shared with bicycle riders and is surrounded by bushes and trees with a few beach access paths and seats.
Now this is a good spot for a rest to sit an ponder while the world goes by.
The path is very popular with dog walkers up to the Merri Sanctuary.
If you up for a little bit of a workout...
Once a large swamp, Lake Pertobe has been made into a lake and reserve that is well worth a walk around.
The Adventure Playground is a year-round family attraction to let the young uns run wild
The Maze which is a lot of fun for children, was recently painted by four renowned street artists.
In the Museum lie the stories of hundreds of ships, their crewmen and passengers whose lives were claimed by the Shipwrecked Coast in the 19th Century.
The view from the Cannon Hill Lookout across Lake Pertobe to Lady Bay , the Breakwater and beyond.
A monument (padrão) commemorates the early voyages of Portuguese navigators in the southern seas and includes the busts of Vasco Da Gama, the Portugese explorer and Prince Henry The Navigator.
This memorial is dedicated to all Aboriginal men and women from South West Victoria who served their country proudly along with fellow Australians since World War 1.