A region with farming at its heart
Early settlers included Lieutenant Robert Briggs and C.B. Hall (to whom Halls Gap owes its name), who established pastoral runs and wheat farming.
To this day, wheat remains a common Grampians crop, among a plethora of others, including ryegrass, canola, flaxseed, berries, and vegetables like lettuce and onions.
More recently, olives have become a staple crop in the Grampians with Red Rock Olives and the Grampians Olive Co. being great places to stop off and gather some gourmet goods. Take the Mount Zero (Mura Mura) Walk to soak in views of various olive plantations, Mt Stapylton and the surrounding Wimmera plains.
Great Western, the charming township located between Ararat and Stawell was first settled in the 1840s by sheep graziers. Today 4th and 5th generation sheep farmers continue their forebearers’ long and proud legacy in the area. Most have added other produce to their farms including ducks, hens and grapevines.
The Langi Morgala Museum is a great place to learn about the large squatters estates and farming history of Ararat and the surrounding district.