Warrnambool is a major port on the coast of Western Victoria
Blue cheese, saltbush, abalone, shiraz - take your senses on a road trip, writes Wendy Squires.
"Come down and relax. The traffic is never an issue," says Dave Hughes, of his home town.
Lee Atkinson searches for whales, treasure and cheese along the Great Ocean Road.
David Adams discovers the state's lighthouses offer shelter for sailors and landlubbers alike.
It's a tall order but Paul Edwards names his favourite cafes along the coastal road.
Nicole Bittar ventures along the shipwreck coast.
Major port on the coast of Western Victoria
Warrnambool is a coastal city located on Lady Bay 260 km south-west of Melbourne via the Princes Highway and 21 metres above sea-level. It is bounded by two rivers: the Merri to the west and the Hopkins to the east. Both reach the ocean on opposite sides of the city. Warrnambool is an important manufacturing and distribution centre although it has managed to retain a relaxed seaside feel. Its natural advantages render it a popular family destination in summer and tourism is certainly a major aid to the local economy. The current population is 28 000.