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

Nearby is the Grampians Wine Region, an historic and expanding wine district renowned for high quality wines and scenic vineyards. Mount Langi Ghiran, near Ararat, is one of Australia's most acclaimed producers of Shiraz.

For something a little different you could explore the Rotundone Road Shiraz Adventure. The journey takes you through the Australian bush to visit three boutique wineries. Drive through the canopy of eucalyptus trees, get close to the sights and sounds of the native wildlife, smell our spicy, peppery, cool climate Shiraz and taste some of the best wines in Victoria.

Experience the abundance of diverse cultural and historical attractions, including the chilling J-Ward Gaol and Aradale Asylum, unique institutions that will captivate all who walk through their ghostly steel doors.

Local tips:

  • Pack a picnic and head to Alexandra Gardens, a top spot to take a break with its stunning green lawns, ornamental lake, colourful garden beds, playground, walking paths and BBQs, all within walking distance of shops. You can even cool off with a newly upgraded 50m outdoor pool and water play area.
  • Drive up to One Tree Hill Lookout with unparalleled 360 degree views.
  • Take a beautiful scenic drive from Ararat through Carols Cutting to Moyston, the home of AFL. Then head on to the picturesque town of Pomonal with its farm gates, zoo and winery. Finish at Halls Gap where the Grampians National Park is a must do.