Located at the foothills of the Grampians and surrounded by picturesque grazing country, Ararat is the centrepiece in a region of tranquil and inspiring natural attractions, including the Grampians National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor, Ararat Hills Regional Park, and the Pyrenees Ranges.

Nearby is the Grampians Wine Region, an historic and expanding wine district renowned for high quality wines and scenic vineyards.

Experience the abundance of diverse cultural and historical attractions, including the chilling J-Ward Gaol and Aradale Asylum, unique institutions that will captivate all who walk through their ghostly steel doors.  Check out the 'Experience Ararat Haunted History' now!

Local tips:

  • Pack a picnic and head to Alexandra Gardens a top spot to take a break with stunning green lawns, ornamental lake, colourful garden beds, playground, walking paths, BBQs and within walking distance of shops. Even cool off with a newly upgraded 50m outdoor pool and water play area. 
  • Drive up to One Tree Hill Lookout with unparalleled 360 degree views. 
  • Take a beautiful scenic drive from Ararat through Carols Cutting to Moyston, the home of AFL, then on to the picturesque town of Pomonal with its farm gates, zoo and winery then arriving at Halls Gap to the Grampians National Park is a must do.