Warrnambool CityCommunity profile

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Warrnambool City

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Warrnambool City is 34,245, with a population density of 2.84 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Warrnambool City is located in south-western Victoria, about 260 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Warrnambool City is bounded by Moyne Shire in the north, east and west, and the Southern Ocean in the south.

Name origin

Warrnambool is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "two swamps" or "ample water".

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1847 when the first land sales were made, with land used mainly for grazing. Growth took place in the 1850s, with the town developing as an important coastal port. Expansion took place from the 1870s into the early 1890s, mainly in the south, spurred by the opening of the railway line from Melbourne. Some growth took place in the interwar period, with the population reaching about 7,700 in the 1920s. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, with the population doubling from about 10,000 in 1945 to about 20,000 in 1974. During the 1970s and 1980s the population continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The population continued to gradually increase from the early 1990s, rising from about 26,000 in 1991 to nearly 32,000 in 2011.

Land use
Land use 4% 19% 7% 70%

Land use

Warrnambool City includes the major centre of Warrnambool (residential, commercial and industrial land use) and the surrounding rural hinterland. Warrnambool is the main service centre for south-western Victoria, as well as being a popular retirement and tourist destination. The City encompasses a total land area of 120 square kilometres. Much of the rural area is used for agriculture, particularly dairy farming.


Warrnambool City is served by the Hopkins Highway, the Princes Highway and the Melbourne-Geelong-Warrnambool railway line.

Major features

Major features of the City include Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, Logans Beach Whale Nursery/Viewing Platform, Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, Fletcher Jones Gardens, Warrnambool Entertainment Centre (Lighthouse Theatre), Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool Stadium, AquaZone, Cheeseworld, the Warrnambool CBD, Gateway Plaza Shopping Centre, Centro Warrnambool Shopping Centre, Deakin University (Warrnambool Campus), South West TAFE (Warrnambool Campus), the Hopkins River and the Merri River.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Warrnambool area were the Gunditj-mara and Kirrae Whurrong Aboriginal people.

Included areas

Warrnambool City includes the suburbs and localities of Allansford (part), Bushfield (part), Dennington (part), Illowa (part), Warrnambool, Woodford (part) and Yangery (part).