Welcome to Warragul the largest town centre in Baw Baw, a destination in its own right, and the perfect base to head out from and explore more of what this unique, diverse and inviting region has to offer.
Warragul is situated between Drouin and Yarragon, just 104 kilometres south east of Melbourne. It lies between the Strzelecki Ranges to the south and the Mount Baw Baw Plateau of the Great Dividing Range to the north. Warragul is Baw Baw’s largest town, and offers visitors a cultural, retail and delicious food experience.
Home to the hub of arts and culture in Baw Baw, with the impressive West Gippsland Arts Centre enjoying pride of place in the beautifully landscaped Civic Precinct. Centrally located on the corner of Smith and Albert Streets in Warragul, it is the region’s major performing arts, cultural and community centre, hosting internationally acclaimed shows, inspiring musical acts, and incredible art works.
For those who enjoy shopping, there are plenty of options to satisfy every shopper. Once you have finished buying up a storm, put your feet up and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local cafes or restaurants. Warragul is home to some incredible chefs both in the township and at award-winning restaurant Hogget Kitchen, located a short drive from town and home to the Age’s ‘Best Sunday Roast’ head chef Trevor Perkins uses local produce to create a dining experience that cannot be forgotten.
Located a short drive from Warragul is the home of some of the region’s biggest and most desired events at Lardner Park. Boasting 6,000sqm of world-class, stunning panoramic views, this breathtaking location features some of our most popular events from the World Jousting Championships, to Harvest Fest, to outdoor performances from the Australian Ballet, it captives and excites audiences from all over Australia.
For those who love getting out and exploring nature, Warragul is just a short drive from the stunning Mount Worth State Park. Mount Worth State Park protects a remnant of the forests that once covered the western Strzelecki Ranges. Tall, wet forests of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum, and Blackwood grow on the hills and slopes, and tree ferns flourish in sheltered gullies, offering a beautiful backdrop for the many walks throughout the park.
To dive a bit deeper into a region, take a drive and find yourself in the quaint village of Yarragon. Located on the highway and home to unique and incredible vintage markets, specialty antique stores, fashion boutiques, and the town showcases some of the region’s vibrant arts culture. Pick up a fabulous piece of artwork produced by one of the many local artists; indulge in some fashion retail therapy and then tempt your taste buds in one of the numerous cafes and eateries in town.
If a nature escape is what you are looking for try Noojee and Surrounds. The town boasts a rich heritage and unique natural attractions to delight and inspire. An historic timber town, nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River, surrounded by rolling green hills and stunning wooded forests of Mountain Ash, the town takes its name from the Aboriginal word for ‘contentment’ or ‘place to rest’ and when spending the weekend in Noojee, that’s exactly what you will enjoy. Home to the famous Noojee Trestle Bridge and Toorongo Falls, Noojee is the perfect place to take a break and stretch your legs enjoying the best nature has to offer.
If you’re looking to spend the weekend in Baw Baw and enjoy all we have to offer, Warragul is the perfect place to base yourself. With accommodation option to suit everyone, from B&B’s to caravan parks, to those looking for a little extra comfort and luxury Warragul is home to the Mercure Hotel. Featuring contemporary designed rooms, a gym, restaurant, lounge, multipurpose function rooms, and complimentary WiFi. Perfect for leisure and business travellers to have an enjoyable stay.
And if you need a map, we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/kTBe1PjAYUXXnwcD8 travel via train is also a great options with the station only minutes from the town centre.
We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!