Horsham is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets, a lively city with excellent opportunities for shopping, dining, wining, entertainment, art and accommodation. It is the largest township in the wheat-growing and sheep grazing district, the gateway to epic silo art and the perfect base for exploring the surrounding natural attractions of the iconic Grampians.
Uncover the hidden gems and fascinating history in Horsham with our guide below.
What to see
First up, acquaint yourself with Horsham’s charming sights and diverse history. Stop by the Horsham Botanical Gardens to stretch the legs on your Grampians road trip and discover the display of greenery by William Guilfoyle, the same designer who laid out Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens.
Rich in culture, see outstanding exhibitions and a fine collection of Australian art and photography at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Additionally, Horsham’s Makers Gallery focuses on locally made art and craft items, including patchwork, quilting, jewellery, woodwork, photography and oil paintings.
Lastly, make Horsham your base for exploring Australia’s biggest outdoor gallery, the Silo Art Trail. The trail is spread over 200km and features a series of grain silos (several of which date back to the 1930s) that have been transformed into marvellous artworks by artists from around the world. You can also check out Horsham’s first silo art mural which celebrates the significant story of Yanggendyinanyuk - a Wotjobaluk warrior’s story of leadership, resilience and great legacy. The piece is tied together with the adjacent flour mill image of Yanggendyinanyuk’s totem the Black Cockatoo - these artworks painted by Sam Bates (AKA Smug) portray the strong linkage to country that the region has.
Check out our complete guide to discovering the Silo Art Trail here.
What to do
For those seeking outdoor adventure, the Wimmera River is a beloved spot for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Take a stroll along the picturesque banks or embark on the 3.4km Wimmera River Walk before relaxing with a picnic. Additionally, Taylors Lake south-east of Horsham offers pristine waters for casting a line or swimming in the warmer months.
In the west of Horsham, you can find the quaint township of Natimuk. Sample local and regional produce at the Natimuk Farmers Market, held only five times a year, or discover the world-famous Mount Arapiles for adventure. From scenic drives to steady walks, intense bike rides and hikes to the summit, Mount Arapiles is a treat for outdoor enthusiasts.
To really get your adrenaline pumping, make Horsham your base for exploring the impressive 160km world-class Grampians Peak Trail. The challenging track starts from Mt Zero, where adventurers can overlook the Wimmera Plains, and continue through to Dunkeld.
For those seeking a slower pace, the Horsham Public Art and Heritage Trail offers a leisurely walk. Discover the streets of central Horsham on the CBD Trail as well as taking in the Botanic Gardens, Sawyer Park and Wimmera River on the Gardens-River Trail
Come spring, stop in at the 2022 Horsham Agricultural Show on September 24 and 25 for a weekend of livestock, cooking and craft competitions and entertainment for the family.
The Nati Frinj festival is back in 2022, from 5.00 p.m. October 28 to 5.00 p.m. October 30. Featuring a range of exhibitions, markets, workshops and events, the Nati Frinj is a chance to celebrate the creative energy of Natimuk amidst a mix of performing arts, visual arts and live music.
What to taste
Horsham is home to a number of cosy cafes and impressive restaurants. Enjoy delicious coffee and breakfast at The Cheeky Fox Café, Farmhouse Providore & Café or Figtree Café, or settle in for a morning tea in town at Cafe Jas. After a long day of exploring hit up Baa 3400 and ROOH for a heart-warming meal and beverage.
Take your time and indulge in some of Horsham’s amazing wineries, including Norton Estate and Barangaroo. The two cellar doors are located next door to each other, only a 10-minute drive south-west of Horsham. Next, try a produce platter at one of Australia’s oldest olive groves, Grampians Olive Co, or down the road and over the hill relax by the fireplace with a coffee or wine at The Wander Inn Wartook Valley.
Where to stay
Extend your visit to appreciate all Horsham has to offer with a stay at one of the many amazing accommodations. The Comfort Inn Capital Horsham offers a quiet hotel-style experience close to the CBD or check into Horsham Holiday Park for a comfortable and convenient stay.
For a taste of luxury, head to the peaceful Wartook Valley and stay at Meringa Springs or Kangaroos in the Top Paddock. Both locations offer five-star accommodation surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, lush bushland and friendly wildlife.