I consider this the best beach in Warrnambool. McGennans Beach is part of Main Beach Warrnambool that extends from the lifesaving tower back towards the city. This a Great Ocean Road family friendly beach (stick to swimming between the flags though guys). Access is from Pertobe Road with plenty of sealed parking overlooking the beach but if full park in Pertobe Road and walk up to the beach. I did a lot of research on the name but alI could find is the beach is named after Peter John McGennan a councillor near the end of the nineteenth century.
McGennans beach is my favourite beach in Warrnambool. Long sandy beaches that rise into a dune up towards the carpark with several breaks giving access down steps (and one with disabled towards the end). A great beach for a swim or a surf with adequate parking even at the peak of the season. It is classed as strong currents, large surf and a steep drop off so it is wise to swim between the flags at the surf life saving club but as a bodyboarder I have never had any problems here.
Every fine day you can watch groups of body boarders and board riders catching the waves into shore. From kids to people in their eighties, this beach is very popular nearly all year around. Also there is less chance of being hit by a surfboard here as the serious surfers tend to prefer the larger waves at Surfside.
Once again there is a walking track in between the carpark and the beach so you can take a very long stroll in either direction. There are showers along the walking track but if you are in need of a toilet (and don’t want to use the ocean) you will need to walk down to the toilet in Pertobe Road (less than a 5 minute walk)