Warragul is located in West Gippsland approximately 100 kilometres South East of Melbourne, accessed via the Monash and Princes Freeways, along with rail access.
Warragul lies between the Strzelecki Ranges to the South and the Mount Baw Baw Plateau of the Great Dividing Range to the North. New and upcoming home estates have played a major role in the continued growth of the township, with Warragul’s current population in excess of 14,074 people.
Warragul’s largest retail stores include Woolworths, Coles & Aldi Supermarkets.
There are many specialty shops, cafes and a wide variety of restaurants in the growing CBD of Warragul.
Warragul is also home to The West Gippsland Arts Centre, a premier cultural destination recently refurbished and conveniently located in the heart of Warragul, the largest town in Baw Baw Shire.
Warragul was settled after the construction of the Traralgon railway line in 1877, the Post Office opening on 16 March 1877. Existing roads were renamed Princes Highway after the visit to Australia in 1920 of the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII). The highway was officially opened on 10 August 1920 at a ceremony in Warragul.
Warragul's Petersville Milk Products Factory in Queen Street supplied the famous Peters Ice Cream brand's factory in Mulgrave with all the dairy raw material (fresh cream and concentrated skim milk) for 35 years. The plant also manufactured skim milk powder under the famous Dutch Jug brand and butter under the Iceberg brand. It exported butter, butter oil and milk powders to Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Warragul is the major township closest to Lardner, the home of the Gippsland Field Days.
Three major events are held at Lardner Park each year - the Farm World agricultural show, Trucks In Action (biannually) and the Harvest of Gippsland. The Farm World agricultural show is a major draw card for the Warragul area. Every year in late March, Warragul plays host to these Field Days at Lardner Park. The Field Days are Australia's premier mixed farming Field Days and they include one of Australia's most diverse ranges of beef cattle, dairying and horticulture exhibits.
Warragul is also home to the annual Warragul Show, which is held on the first Friday of March each year. It is traditionally a farming and livestock show, but includes rides, stalls, games, fireworks and show bags. It is held at the Warragul showgrounds.
For a town of its size, Warragul has a large education industry with four primary schools, three secondary schools and two tertiary institutions.
Both Warragul North Primary and Warragul Primary are state primary schools, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary is a Catholic school, and St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is a Church of England primary school.
There are three secondary schools in Warragul, these include Warragul Regional College, Marist-Sion College and St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School. Warragul Regional College was formed in 1994 from the merger of Warragul High School and Warragul Secondary College. Marist-Sion College was formed in 1975 as a result of the merger between the Marist Brothers Boys College and the Our Lady of Sion Girls College. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School was formed in 1982 with just 19 year seven students and has grown quite significantly in recent years. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is divided into two campuses, with the year 9 campus located in the former James Miller Rope Factory next to the golf course.
The Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE has a campus located to the South of the CBD adjacent to the railway station. The Education Centre Gippsland has recently taken over the courses previously provided by the McMillan Institute of Land and Food Resources, a former campus of the University of Melbourne. The courses offered encompass the areas of agriculture, equine management, harness racing, horticulture and conservation and land management.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the major Gippsland Football League, the Warragul Football Club and another, the Warragul Industrials, competing in the Ellinbank & District Football League.
The Warragul & District Junior Football League caters for younger Australian Rules footballers, with three teams based in Warragul, the Colts, Warranor (at Eastern Park) & the Blues (at Marist-Sion College ). The WDJFL has three competitions, consisting of the Under 10s, Under 12s and the Under 14.5s.
The Warragul Little Athletics Centre meets on Saturdays throughout the summer season at the Geoff Watt Memorial Track, Burke Street, Warragul. It caters for young athletes in age groups ranging from Under 6 through to Under 17. As well as competing locally, athletes are able to contest Regional and State Championships in Track & Field as well as Relay Championships and Multi-Events.
Warragul's Wild Dog Triathlon Club also meets on Saturdays throughout the summer season for a swim/cycle/run event. The club caters for all ages and abilities with Junior, Under 14, Fun Tri, Super-Sprint, A Grade and B Grade categories. Weekly competition commences at the clubrooms opposite the indoor pool in Burke Street, Warragul.
Warragul Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the town.
The Warragul Greyhound Racing Club holds regular meetings at the Logan Park Showgrounds.
Golfers play at the course of the Warragul Country Club on Sutton Street.
Warragul possesses one of the best outdoor velodromes in the state and is serviced by the Warragul Cycling Club, (WCC) which runs road races most Saturdays on the outskirts of the town.
The club hosts the Baw Baw Classic road race, held early each April. This race features one of the hardest climbs in the country and has been won by riders such as 2000 Cyclist of the year, Dave McKenzie, Tour De France Stage Winner, Simon Gerrans and 2009 Australian Road Champion, Peter McDonald.