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Overview

Ararat

Make your way to the foothills of the Grampians and discover a vibrant and colourful town surrounded by inspiring natural attractions and rolling wineries. From the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions and vast Grampians National Park to Mount Langi Ghiran and Mount Cole, Ararat's surrounding region is a wonderland for nature lovers, foodies and adventurers alike.

Nature awaits

Pack a picnic lunch and hit the walking trails at one of the many nearby parks and reserves. See wildlife in their natural habitat, visit Indigenous rock art sites and savour views across the plains from the top of granite cliffs and rocky outcrops. Keep the adventure going by camping out for a night or two and watch the stars light up the clear night sky.

A taste of things to come

A gateway to the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions, Ararat is the perfect base to set up for a winery road trip. Cruise from cellar door to cellar door and while you're on the road, be sure to check out the many cafes, provedores and restaurants, serving up fresh local produce and gourmet treats. 

Golden origins

Travel back in time to Australia's golden era and learn about the experiences of Chinese miners at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre. Ararat's rich gold rush history was unique in that it was the only town in Australia founded and developed by Chinese migrants.

Grab a guide from the Ararat & Grampians Visitor Information Centre and take a self-guided tour around the town's iconic landmarks. Delve into the haunting past of J Ward, a bluestone jail which once housed Victoria's criminally insane and extend your stay with a spooky tour of Aradale, the country's largest abandoned psychiatric asylum.

Creative buzz

Stop by the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and see the extensive range of contemporary textile and fibre art collections. After checking out the artworks, take a stroll and marvel at the art deco building, complemented by the surrounding Victorian architecture.

Time your visit to coincide with the annual Jailhouse Rock Festival. The rock and roll festival attracts acts from around Australia and visitors flock in each year to celebrate all things 50s and 60s, from vintage cars to rockabilly music and fashion.

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Art galleries

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Ararat Gallery is renowned for its collection of contemporary fibre and textile art, one of only two such collections in Australian regional galleries.

Wineries

Mount Langi Ghiran

Try a tipple from one of Australia's most acclaimed producers of shiraz and enjoy spectacular views of Mount Langi Ghiran from the cellar door.

Gold rush history

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

Road trips & itineraries

East Grampians scenic route

Take in the magnificent views of the Grampians National Park and explore the towns of Ararat, Moyston, Halls Gap, Stawell and Great Western.

Art galleries

Bluewhippet Art

Fine art gallery, art supplies and art studio of Geoff Todd and Janette Lucas. Bluewhippet Art showcases internationally acclaimed artists based in...

National parks & reserves

Langi Ghiran State Park

Rugged granite peaks and gentle sloping woodlands are the dominant features of this park. A pleasant walk to the mountain summit presents a view of...

Heritage buildings

Aradale Asylum

Aradale Asylum was an Australian psychiatric hospital, located in Ararat, a rural city in Victoria. Aradale was opened in 1867 and served as an...

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Nature & wildlife

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