Warrnambool is the biggest town on the Shipwreck Coast and is a popular holiday destination for families. Warrnambool Beach offers fairly safe swimming and beginner surfers a safe spot to learn on what is a very exposed coastline that is consistently battered by large waves. The western end of the beach, between the surf club and the breakwall, offers fun, small waves for beginners, even during massive west swells. Like most beaches along this coast the fishing is good at times. Fishing is fishing.