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Eastern Grampians

Discover the East

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 (Gariwerd) 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 are 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 Green Hill 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?

Towns in the East


Located at the foothills of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and surrounded by picturesque grazing country, Ararat is the centerpiece in a region of tranquil and inspiring natural attractions, including the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor and Ararat Hills Regional Park.

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Moyston is a small village, only a 15 minute drive from Ararat near the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. The discovery of gold in 1857 started a small gold rush and the establishment of a township. Wine lovers know the name for the red wine produced at surrounding vineyards, but Moyston is also the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.

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Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac is located on the Glenelg Highway/Ararat- Mortlake Road, 50 kilometres south of Ararat and is within easy driving distance to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and The Great Ocean Road. An important service centre for the surrounding farms, the township is also an attraction in its own right.

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Stop to smell the wildflowers at Pomonal, a picturesque village set against the dramatic backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and only a short 10 minute drive from Halls Gap. Famous for its native flowers and orchids, the area’s rolling green hills make a gorgeous backdrop to nature walks, vineyards visits and farm gate expeditions.

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This friendly little township is located 34 kilometres south of Ararat on the eastern slopes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. Willaura has a mixture of local businesses, including a wonderful local bakery, art galleries and a local candle maker

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Lantern Ghost Tours J Ward

The best place to spot ghosts in Victoria!

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.

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This must-do local escape is all about pairing art & wine

Cruise for a little over two hours from Melbourne’s CBD and you’ll roll into the picturesque region of Eastern Grampians. There’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy with sweeping landscapes, adrenaline pumping activities, unique art and of course, delicious vino.

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