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A Weekend Adventure in Western Grampians

14 May 2024

Known for its relaxed country atmosphere, Horsham is a bustling township tucked away on the banks of the Wimmera River. It is the largest township in the wheat-growing and sheep-grazing district and is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding natural attractions. Wartook Valley, a breathtaking area known for spectacular mountain views and home to many of our furry and feathered friends, is only a 30-minute drive from Horsham. Here’s how we suggest spending your weekend exploring the Western Grampian region.

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Silo Art Trail

The Silo Art Trail stands as a testament to the region's rich culture and history, weaving together captivating stories through murals painted onto iconic grain silos. In the heart of Horsham you’ll find the mesmerising artwork of Yangga Dyata, a tribute to indigenous heritage and resilience by renowned artist SMUG. From Horsham, spend time exploring the artworks throughout the Wimmera Mallee region, each with a unique story to tell.

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Rosehaven Farms

Located near the foothills of Mount Zero (Mura Mura), Rosehaven Farms offers a serene escape into rural life. Families can enjoy farm tours and delight in natural, handmade products amidst picturesque surroundings. You’ll also encounter delightful animals, from gentle alpacas to endearing donkeys.

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Grampians Olives Co

Delicious delights await at Grampians Olives Co, where century-old olive groves produce fruit of unparalleled flavour. Sample premium organic olive oils, table olives and artisan vinegars and refuel with delicious coffee and lunch platters before embarking on your next adventure.

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Wineries

Just 15 minutes south west of Horsham, Norton Estate Wines produce shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, rosé and sauvignon blanc with balance and elegance. At Norton Estate Wines the pruning and picking is done by hand, allowing control over the yields to provide the best-quality fruit from which the wines are made. Then, make your way to Mount Stapylton Wines on the western slopes of the Grampians and in the foothills of the Mount Stapylton range. Established in 2002, the vineyard delivers a full-bodied-style wine with a generous ripe nose, in typical Grampians elegance.

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Horsham Golf Club

As one of regional Victoria’s best golf experiences, Horsham Golf Club boasts superb greens, manicured fairways and a fantastic bunkering system. Horsham Golf Club should be on every golfer’s bucket list, ranked among the top courses in Victoria. The Golf Club also has a driving range shelter that provides a great space for people of all experience levels to practise, and enjoy a casual hit with protection from the elements. The driving range is equipped with lighting to ensure you are able to practise at any time of the day.

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Horsham Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery

Immerse yourself in a unique and rich arts scene at Horsham at the Regional Art Gallery. From contemporary masterpieces to Australian classics, the gallery offers a glimpse into the region’s vibrant history and talented community. Explore the Town Hall complex, a hub of creative inspiration, and let the friendly staff guide you through the many experiences Horsham has to offer.

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Where to stay

For couples seeking a romantic oasis, Meringa Springs is the spot for you, combining the rugged natural beauty of the Grampians with five-star luxury. Tiny Away Escape at Grampians Edge offers pet friendly experiences, with cosy tiny houses on wheels, newly renovated cabins and comfortable campsites. Horsham Holiday Park is another great option for comfortable and convenient accommodation, and a great place to base yourself for longer adventures exploring the Western Grampians region.

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Wartook Valley

Renowned for spectacular sunsets, stunning night skies, rugged ranges, waterfalls and wildflowers, Wartook Valley encompasses a wealth of history surrounding some of the largest olive groves in Victoria. You can venture into the dense scenery on a picturesque walk or get your adrenaline pumping with one of the region’s many 4WD tracks.


Or, gather with loved ones in the peaceful setting of Zumsteins on the MacKenzie River, a secluded spot surrounded by bush and native animals where families have gathered for more than 100 years. Once a thriving tourist resort, Zumsteins is now a historic site to explore where Walter Zumstein played host to hundreds of holidaymakers in the 1930s.

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Dimboola & Murtoa

While staying in Horsham, take a 25-minute drive to the town of Dimboola and visit the Dimboola Imaginarium, a magic and immersive experience. The cavernous bank chamber is a combined living room and a shop filled with quirky and unique gifts from across the globe. Since November 2019, the Dimboola Imaginarium has used the building's impressive architectural elements to create a delightful stage for experiencing wonder in shopping and travelling, with five unique rooms available to book through airbnb.

Also visit the Murtoa Stick Shed, 25 minutes from Horsham. The Stick Shed, previously known as the Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store, is the only remaining emergency grain store built during World War Two. This structure is an enduring testament to iconic Australian bush ingenuity and a symbol of the growth and strength of the Australian wheat industry.

A weekend adventure in Western Grampians offers a perfect blend of culinary delights and natural wonders, promising an unforgettable escape into the heart of Victoria's rural life.