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Thunder Point is probably the best place in Warrnambool to watch the sunset.

Located just off MacDonald Street, this is the place to enjoy some of the best coastal views in the area.

The carpark faces the ocean, so if the weather is chilly you can still enjoy the vista without leaving your car, though the best views are had on the viewing platform.

At the far end of the carpark is a trail which leads to Shelly and Levys Beaches with their myriad rockpools, rocky outcrops and sandy beaches laced with glistening crushed shells.

It’s about a one kilometre walk from the Thunder Point carpark with a few hills and sometimes uneven terrain, so is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

Much like Childers Cove, these beaches attract far fewer visitors than their beauty deserves, and that forms part of their appeal.