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.
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.
If food and wine is more your style then there is no shortage of fine restaurants and award winning wineries to indulge in. Ararat also has a variety of modern retail shopping and wellness offerings.
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?
Aradale Ghost Tour takes you to Australia's largest abandoned lunatic asylum. Opened in 1867 as Ararat Lunatic Asylum, this building housed tens of thousands of people described as lunatics, idiots and imbeciles, some of them described as the worst lunatics in the British Empire.
Around 13,000 people passed away here in it's 130 years. As a result, Aradale is considered one of the most haunted locations in Australia.