Warrnambool is the perfect place to spend summer.
The city is home to spectacular beaches, myriad fishing spots, adventure playground Lake Pertobe and there is plenty of summer events to keep you entertained.
There are also dozens of outlying towns that make great locations for a daytrip.
The Standard team has compiled a #SummerInTheBool one-stop directory for visitors and residents alike.
WARRNAMBOOL ON THE BIG SCREEN
You may recognise some of the city’s landmarks from the movie Oddball. Check out the preview and see some of the sights here.
Keen to drop a line? Check out some of the region’s best spots here.
The south-west is home to many hidden gems. Share your #summersnaps with us. You can use the hashtag #SummerInTheBool on Instagram or send your photos to email@example.com Check out your photos here.
Take part in our photo-a-day challenge. Read more.
Art Shack Workshop – Plaster relief and balloon sculptures 4pm to 7pm, Sea Mist Studio, 3A Logans Beach Road, Viaduct Road
Friends of Flagstaff Hill Fashion Shows 6pm, Flagstaff Hill
Meet the Maremma – Middle Island Penguin Project Tours 2.30pm, Warrnambool Foreshore Pavilion
Capitol Cinema screening a range of movies.
Explore the coast in the Summer by the Sea program. Read more
Fletcher Jones Market at 61 Flaxman Street open from 10am to 6pm.
Free barefoot bowls during daylight hours at City Memorial Bowls Club at 50-58 Cramer Street.
Guided Tower Hill nature and night walks at 11am and 9.15pm.
Mini Golf and giant jumping pillow on Pertobe Road open from 10am to 10pm.
Rotary Club East Warrnambool hole-in-one competition 10am to 6pm on Viaduct Road. Read more.
Warrnambool Botanical Gardens Exhibition 10am to 4pm at Merri View Gallery in Coramba Court.
Rundells Mahogany Trail Rides – Millers Lane, Dennington
Shipwrecked Sound and Light Show dusk at Flagstaff Hill.
Warrnambool Art Gallery open 10am-5pm in Liebig Street.
Warrnambool Family Carnival 6.30pm to 11pm nightly.
Moyneyana Festival in Port Fairy. Check out the program here.
Warrnambool Indoor Karts and Splat Zone Paintballing open 10am to 8pm – 13-15 Walsh Road.
Warrnambool Indoor Tennis open 9am to 11pm on Mortlake Road.
Warrnambool River Cruise from 2pm on the Hopkins River.
Summer markets and movies at Lake Pertobe. Details here.
Head to the Warrnambool racecourse on Sunday, January 8 for the Daly’s IGA Koroit Cup. The day will feature races, showjumping championships and free kids activities. Gates open at 11am.
BUSY TIME AT PREMIER SPEEDWAY
A number of international drivers will travel to Warrnambool to compete in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. Read more.
LIGHTHOUSES OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
There are a number of majestic lighthouse along the Great Ocean Road. Read more.
Taking an easy detour from the Great Ocean Road can pay delicious dividends. Read more.
SOUTH-WEST GOLF COURSES
The south-west is home to a number of popular golf courses. Read more.
Don Boring has been visiting Warrnambool for three decades. Read more.
Journalist Matt Neal shares some local knowledge and lingo. Read more.
Heading to the beach? Check out the tides and solunar charts here.
BUSHFIRES AND OTHER INCIDENTS
The TAC has some tips on how to stay safe over the summer break. Read more.
Here is a video which captures some of the tourist attractions.
A 300 per cent increase in drownings in the south-west in 2015-2016 prompted water safety authorities to issue a holiday alert. Read more.
INFORMATION ABOUT WARRNAMBOOL
Middle Island is off-limits. Read more.
Warrnambool police 5560 1333 – You can also check for information from police on the Eyewatch Warrnambool Facebook page.
Warrnambool City Council – 1300 003 280.
Warrnambool Taxis 132 227
Warrnambool Radio Taxis 131 008
The Standard 5563 1800
Wednesdays at the Wharf 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Flagstaff Hill.