The Hopkins River Mouth (known locally as the Blue Hole) with its beautiful cliffs, rock formations and rock pools is popular with fishers, dog owners and walkers.
If you're bringing your four-legged friend on your visit to Warrnambool, this will undoubtedly be its favourite spot.
Between April 1 and November 30 dogs are allowed off-leash on the east side of the river where they can go for a dip in the river and play on the sand… just don’t forget your bags!
Six fishing jetties can be found just up-river with bream, mulloway and perch the most common species landed.
In Autumn, short-finned eels congregate at the closed river mouth, patiently waiting for rising water levels to grant them passage to the Southern Ocean. Some are more impatient than others and can be seen slithering across the wet sand to begin their 3000km journey to the Coral Sea in order to spawn.