The eastern side of the Grampians has something to satisfy everyone, from adventure seekers to history buffs, and those who like to kick back and relax. Revisit the gold rush from a different perspective in Ararat, distinctive for being the only town in Australia to be founded by Chinese miners. And all within easy reach of the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap.
Explore the best of the east with Ararat’s sweeping landscapes and natural beauty from the scenic Mount Cole, Mount Langi Ghiran State Park, Ararat Hills Regional Park and the world renowned Grampians National Park, which is right on our doorstep. With great lakes and waterways to explore, fishing fans will be right at home.
For those who are fascinated with dark history, take a step back in time at the iconic J-Ward Gaol or Aradale Asylum or delve into a richer era and discover Ararat’s place in the Victorian gold rush at Gum San Chinese Heritage Museum.
If food and wine is more your style then there is no shortage of fine restaurants and award winning wineries to indulge in. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at a local cellar door or cafe and tantalise the tastebuds on wines, beers and ciders made right here in the Grampians.
Accommodation including motel and camping options are aplenty in Ararat, from luxury glamping and modern motels to established caravan parks in the heart of town to the picturesque Greenhill Lake. If you prefer sites off the beaten track, the Eastern side of the Grampians have plenty to offer including Lake Bolac and Pomonal.
Enjoy exploring the nearby rural towns of Buangor, Willaura, Streatham and Moyston - the birthplace of Australian Rules Football. With so much to see and do, why not make Ararat your next holiday destination?
Everyone loves a good murder mystery, but if you want to take your experience up a few notches, we’ve found Victoria’s most haunted regional town.
Just two hours from Melbourne and a gateway to the breathtaking Grampians region, Ararat is also home to some of the best (read: terrifying) midnight ghost hunts and haunted historical tours.
Luckily for you, you can unwind with a glass of red after these experiences at one of our favourite wineries. Trust us, you’re going to need it.READ WHAT THE URBAN LIST HAD TO SAY!
Continually listed as one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in Australia, Mount Langi Ghiran is also one of Australia's most acclaimed producers of Shiraz. The vineyard, with its towering granite cliffs and loamy red soils, encapsulates an extraordinary sense of place. Mount Langi Ghiran, or Langi, as it is fondly referred to by the staff, was originally planted in 1870. When visiting the vineyard discover its picturesque environment while savouring its delicate wines.