Events and Festivals

May Racing Carnival

Horse racing holds a very special place in the hearts of Victorians and the Western District in particular, as the number of people in Warrnambool double during the world renowned May Racing Carnival

The largest regional racing meet in Australia, the jewel in the crown of the three-day carnival is the Grand Annual Steeplechase.

Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic held in January is one of the biggest spintcar events in the world.

More than 100 cars compete over three days in January in front of capacity crowds at the purpose build Premier Speedway.

Tour of the South West

Held in April or May, the Tour of the South West is Cycling Victoria’s second largest road race by participation.

Generally attracting about 400 riders, the event includes a multi-looped 17km lapping circuit, a 12.7kn individual time trial circuit and a criterium.


A warm day in January spent at Warrnambool’s main beach. Could things get any better? As a matter of fact, yes, they can!

The Warrnambool City Council and South West TAFE are proud to present Beach Fest in early January.

BeachFest includes a range of (mostly) free beach-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Summer Carnival

Guests at Surfside between Boxing Day and Australia Day can enjoy an awesome carnival experience practically on their doorstep.

The foreshore carnival has been a summer tradition in Warrnambool for decades and features thrill rides, family rides, sideshows and iconic carnival food.

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