It's a large and beautiful estuary with an important role in the lifecycle of short-finned eels (once a staple for a large Aboriginal population).There are some elaborate historic boatsheds, now converted into a restaurant complex.The sealers and whalers who first settled in Portland and Port Fairy knew the bay, for although it did not give shelter to the dreaded easterlies and southeasterlies, it did give some shelter from the west. Despite the dangers of Lady Bay, the rich hinterland needed an outlet for its agricultural produce (wool, wheat, potatoes and onions).

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The arts precinct, including an excellent regional gallery, is also at the south end of Liebig St.

The Peek Woorroong Aboriginal people lived around Warrnambool, which was a rich environment with plentiful seafood, eels and birdlife. The first permanent European settlers were graziers, including the Manifold family, and a township began to emerge in the 1840s.

With large retailers that you would expect to see and smaller boutique high end stores you will be spoilt for choice.

There is a good selection of interesting restaurants and cafes, particularly at the south end of Liebig St.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a fascinating historic precinct that includes the state heritage listed Lady Bay Lighthouse, Warrnambool Garrison and a 1870s coastal port with an entire town.

Winner of 4 Victorian Tourism Awards in the past 5 years it a not to be missed part of Warrnambool heritage.

To the east of the Hopkins lies Logans Beach and a specially constructed platform designed to overlook a whale nursery that is used every year by female Southern Right Whales and their calves.

Warrnambool has a vibrant shopping precinct with quality clothing stores, perhaps a legacy of the city's s connection to Fletcher Jones.

Location - 89 Merri Street Warrnambool, Merri River comes around the city from the west, and part of the old wetlands below the bluff have been transformed into the 20 ha Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground.