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Ararat is the only Australian town to have been founded by the Chinese who flocked to Victoria during the gold rush, and it retains the impressive architecture of the era, as well as beautiful orchids and the fine wines of local vineyards.

Explore Ararat's gold heritage with a stroll through the town, past impressive gold rush era buildings, some of which have been recognised by the National Trust. You can find out more about Ararat's unique past with a visit to the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and the Langi Morgala Museum.

Wander through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, which features the famous orchid glasshouse, or view unusual exhibits of fibre and textile art at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery. For something unusual, inspect J Ward, formerly Victoria's asylum for the criminally insane.

Visit Ararat for the annual Jailhouse Rock Festival then venture further afield to explore the Grampians National Park or nearby Mount Langi Ghiran, Mt Cole and Mt Buangor. Take a tour of the pioneering Challicum Hills wind farm, meet the winemaker at one of the region's wineries, or play a round of golf at the Chalambar Golf Club.

Ararat is approximately 2.5 hours from Melbourne via the Western or Pyrenees highways.

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Bluewhippet Art


Fine art gallery, art supplies and art studio of Geoff Todd and Janette Lucas.

Bluewhippet Art showcases internationally acclaimed artists based in the Grampians.

Discover paintings, prints, etchings, ceramics, drawings, sculptural glass and homewares in the intimate Bluewhippet gallery.

Get creative on your holiday with artist quality sketch pads, pencils, colouring books and other art materials.

Internationally acclaimed artists showcased:

I n a l u x e
Geoff Todd
John Eagle
James McMurtrie
Rosemary Eagle
Janette Lucas
Zooblast Knits

Located in the historic Terminus hotel (1877) opposite KFC in Ararat, just off the Western Highway.

Custom framing also available.





65 Queen street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 0.5K from Ararat

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre


Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre tells the story of the Chinese miners and their arduous journey from Southern China to Australia where they dreamed of finding gold and discovered one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields, the Canton Lead.

Relive their great trek on foot from Robe in South Australia to the goldfields upon which Ararat now stands and learn how life was for these resilient explorers in a strange land.

The dramatic two-storey building with its authentic Chinese tiled roof houses a fascinating selection of interactive displays and fun and interest for people of all ages.

Dress in Chinese costume, fossick for gold, see the tea house or Fancy Goods Store that is a feast for your eyes. Learn about Chinese herbs and Chinese language.

See the wonderful textiles, embroideries and relics of this rich culture. Discover the fun and delight of gold panning, try your hand at calligraphy, learn about the Chinese language and play traditional Chinese games.

See the original Canton Lead Mine tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre; and learn about the birth place of Ararat.

Did you know that Ararat is the only city in Australia founded by the Chinese?




31-33 Lambert Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 0.6K from Ararat

Langi Ghiran State Park


Rugged granite peaks and gentle sloping woodlands are the dominant features of this park. A pleasant walk to the mountain summit presents a view of ancient red gums on the surrounding plains skirted by Mount Buangor in the east and the Grampians in the distant west. Lar-ne-jeering (Langi Ghiran) is from the Djab Wurrung language meaning 'home of the black cockatoo'.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Western Highway
Dobie, VIC, 3377

Located 9.4K from Ararat

Ararat: Events

Grampians Ride to Remember


Grampians Ride to Remember is expected to attract over 350 riders and pillions from right across Victoria in addition to a number from interstate.

The 195km Ride is a green corridor event and will be open to all licensed motorcycle enthusiasts and conducted under police escort to maximise safety and to minimise disruption to other road users.

The 2017 Ride will start from Ararat and travel through the rural countryside to the fringes of the magnificent Grampians National Park including the townships of Moyston, Pomonal to Halls Gap for morning tea. The ride then travels on through the Grampians National Park and back Ararat for a relaxing barbecue in the Alexandra Gardens.

The event is open to all registered, roadworthy motorcycles and licensed riders with Clubs, Group Bookings, Pillion Passengers most welcome to participate.


Event Dates
2017
      5th Feb


Barkly Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 0.8K from Ararat

Wine Down Fridays at Montara Cellar Door


Kick off your weekend at Montara Cellar Door. Enjoy breathtaking views, Montara Estate range, Red Duck beers, local tasting platters and live music. This relaxed and intimate environment is the perfect way to wind down into the weekend.

The last Friday of every month.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Sep
      28th Oct
      25th Nov
      30th Dec
2017
      27th Jan
      24th Feb
      31st Mar
      28th Apr
      26th May


76 Chalambar Road,
76 Chalambar Road
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 2.9K from Ararat

Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton Live at Montara Winery


For one night only Wendy Stapleton (Wendy and the Rocketts- Play the Game) and Paul Norton (Stuck On You, Under a Southern Sky) will be performing live at Montara Winery on the 28th of October 2016.

Receive a complimentary two course spit roast dinner and a glass of 2013 Montara Shiraz.

This will be a night to remember. With an amazing view, 1980's rock legends, spit roast and beautifully elegant wines.

Get your tickets now before they sell out.

This is a ticketed event and spaces are limited. Tickets $36.00 excluding GST.

Doors open at 4pm - 10pm.


Event Dates
2016
      28th Oct


76 Chalambar Road,
76 Chalambar Road
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 3.0K from Ararat

Grampians Estate Streeton Reserve Shiraz Masterclass


This is a 'Seriously Shiraz at the Cellar Door' event operating 11:00am to 12-noon. Taste some of the best Streeton vintages in a vertical tasting 2001 to 2012 vintages.

Hosted by Tom Guthrie.

Please call or visit the website for more information.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Oct


1477 Western Highway
Great Western, VIC, 3374

Located 14.2K from Ararat

Grampians Estate Streeton Reserve Shiraz Masterclass


This is a 'Seriously Shiraz at the Cellar Door' event, operating 11:00am to 12:00pm. Taste some of the best Streeton vintages in a vertical tasting 2001 to 2012 vintages.

Hosted by Tom Guthrie.

Please call or visit the website for more information.


Event Dates
2016
      31st Oct
      1st Nov


1477 Western Highway
Great Western, VIC, 3374

Located 14.2K from Ararat

Tastes of Spring Six Course Degustation


As a part of the Grampians Wine Region's Seriously Shiraz Festival, Steel Cutters Cottage are hosting a tastes of spring six course degustation lunch at Grampians Estate Cellar Door.

The dinner includes a six course menu matched with a beautiful line up of Grampians Estate Wines. Places are limited and prepaid bookings are essential.

If you love sparkling shiraz do not miss the sparkling shiraz vertical tasting hosted By Tom Guthrie from 11:00am to 12-noon.


Event Dates
2016
      29th Oct


1477 Western Highway
Great Western, VIC, 3374

Located 14.2K from Ararat

Ararat: Travel Tips

Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre


Open seven days a week, Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is situated on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Located just 40 minutes from the Grampians and surrounded by picturesque tranquil surprises and inspiring natural attractions.

Immerse yourself in the serene environment of the neighbouring Pyrenees Ranges, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor and Ararat Hills Regional Park.

Accredited though Tourism Victoria, the centre offers a range of services including detailed information on the region and it's attractions, quality publications, then browse the souvenirs and range of local produce on display.

Ararat and surrounding townships provide and abundance of diverse cultural and historical attractions, including the chilling dark side of the J-Ward Gaol, an institution that will captivate all who walk through its ghostly doors. Delve into Ararat's heritage at the Langi Morgala Museum and the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre not to mention the Aradale Lunatic Asylum that operated for 1867 and closed in 1993, tours run every Wednesday and Sunday.

Learn more about the importance of the railways at the Railway Heritage Museum or amble through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, a botanical haven with a tranquil lake, walk, barbecues an the Orchid House.

Visit the Ararat Regional Art Gallery presenting diverse exhibitions of national significance. Or take in the ambience of Green Hill Lake located on the outskirts of the town.

Ararat Rural City hosts a full calendar of events and festivals including the combined farmers market and Trash and Treasure, Jailhouse Rock Festival and the Ararat Cup.




91 High Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 0.2K from Ararat

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