Warrnambool is the major regional centre in south west Victoria.

It is a port town, at the western end of the Great Ocean road. The first European to known to visit Warrnambool was Lieutenant James Grant in 1800 in the Lady Nelson. Matthew Flinders in the Investigator, and the French explorer Nicholas Baudin visited in 1802. Whalers visited the area often in the early 1800s. Settlement began in 1840, the first post office opened in 1849. The Victorian gold rush of the 1850s caused rapid growth and Warrnambool was gazetted as a municipality in 1855, a town in 1883, and a city in 1918.

Warrnambool's economy is mainly based on the agriculture of the area. Being at the western end of the Great Ocean road means that tourism is also a big thing.