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Art & culture

Travel through the mountain ranges, open plains, forests and flora of the Grampians and soak up the sights that have inspired generations of artistic endeavour.

Fine regional examples

Make a beeline for the standout regional galleries in Horsham, Hamilton and Ararat, with collections that rival their urban counterparts.

Gaze at contemporary Australian photography in Horsham, admire Indigenous artworks and the textures of contemporary fibre and textiles in Ararat, and browse the collection of decorative arts and rich bequests in Hamilton.

Pop into smaller private galleries and art spaces to see works inspired the region, from the moody landscapes in Ros McArthur's studio and the wildlife paintings by Steve Morvell to the ceramics, prints and etchings at Bluewhippet Art in Ararat.

The earliest art and culture

Reserve plenty of time for visiting Aboriginal places of interest, especially Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, with its multimedia shows, art exhibitions, artefact displays, cultural talks, and guided tours to ancient rock art sites.

Gold fever

Chinese miners played a significant role in Victoria's gold rush of the 1800s. Hear stories from the state's golden age and delve into local Chinese history at the purpose-built Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, the only town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese migrants.

Festivals and events

Celebrate the long history of artistic inspiration at the frequent arts events and festivals held throughout the region.

Roll into Halls Gap in February for the Grampians Jazz Festival – a huge weekend boasting performances by over 130 acts. For family entertainment and cultural celebrations make your way to the Discover Dunkeld festival, or visit Avoca in March for the Avoca River and Wine Festival.

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Art galleries & museums

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Steve Morvell Wildlife Art

Steve Morvell Wildlife Art Studio is located in the picturesque Halls Gap, in the Western Victorian region of the Grampians. Steve Morvell is a...

Art galleries

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Horsham Regional Art Gallery is one of Australia's best rural galleries, housed in the elegant 1930s Art Deco former Municipal Offices.

Museums

Langi Morgala Museum

The large eclectic collection covers a wide variety of themes of local importance and includes objects from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries....

Art galleries

Ros McArthur Art Studio

Ros McArthur Art Studio is located in the large garden of "Woollahra" sheep farm in the Victoria Valley, an area known for its production of...

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.

Art galleries

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) Community Art Gallery

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) Gallery is a community gallery manned by the local artists and volunteers, displaying and selling...

Museums

Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transports Musems is dedicated to the transport and tourism pioneer Reg Ansett, who commenced his transport business in...

Museums

The Bible Museum

The Bible Museum has on display historic bibles which offer a rare insight into the development of the English language and also the story of writing...

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Hamilton Gallery

Exhibitions include silver, porcelain and glass from the 1700s onwards, oriental ceramics, watercolours, prints, and Australian oil paintings.

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.

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Bluewhippet Art

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

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Dine out on a meal you won't forget at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, featuring fine Grampians regional produce and famed sparkling wines.

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History and heritage

Dig down into the ancient, rugged landscape of the Grampians region and uncover a rich history, from Aboriginal rock art to European exploration.

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Family activities

Get set for a fun-filled family adventure: explore natural attractions, set up camp in the great outdoors, and visit zoos, museums and play centres.