The Hotel: Warrnambool Gateway Motor Inn
Set in the heart of Warrnambool, surrounded by ocean walks and meandering forest trails, bursting with wildlife, Gateway Motor Inn is the perfect base for your Great Ocean Road adventures. Guests can unwind and cool off in modern air-conditioned apartments, while moments of relaxation in the fresh air can be enjoyed by the outdoor pool and in the property’s landscaped gardens equipped with barbecue facilities.
The hotel is perfectly situated within reach of many points of interest in and around Warrnambool including the Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles, London Arch (formerly known as London Bridge), Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village, rugged coastline, great beaches and Tower Hill.
Superior Queen Room
- Bed size/type: Queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- Apartment features reverse-cycle air conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities, refrigerator, wardrobe, and bathroom with spa bath
- Bed size/type: One large double bed and two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Six people
- Extra person surcharge: $25 per person per night; available on request only
- Apartment features reverse-cycle air conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities, refrigerator, wardrobe, and bathroom
The Area: Warrnambool
The Great Ocean Road traces a winding route along Victoria’s dramatic coastline, where sheer limestone cliffs are buffeted by rolling surf, and the Twelve Apostles rise like colossal statues out of the sea. At the western end of the stretch is the regional centre of Warrnambool, a city steeped in history thanks to the gold rush of the mid-1800s. Here, seaside sights mix with a dose of heritage and laidback vibes for holidays where travellers can explore at their own pace.
Warrnambool makes for a convenient base to explore the Great Ocean Road, from the Twelve Apostles to London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Hop in the car and follow the path east or west for unique coastal scenery that gives way to densely-wooded forest. The Grampians National Park, Cape Otway and Bay of Islands National Park are all worth visiting for those who enjoy a hike, while lavender farms, cheese factories and even whiskey distilleries provide something for every kind of holidaymaker.
Closer to home, head to Hopkins Falls just a few minutes from Warrnambool to snap a photo with the wide waterfall. Then pay a visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum to learn about the shipwreck trail and the area’s maritime heritage. At certain times of the year southern right whales can be seen from Logans Beach frolicking in the water, but even if there are no whales to be seen travellers will still enjoy the coastal walk. Finish days off with a spa treatment or head to the local pub for a drink and modern Australian meal.