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Great Western has played an important role in Australia's winemaking history, with grapevines first planted in the area in 1863. Wine continues to be the town's drawcard, with a tour to some of Australia's best-known wineries a must for any visit to the Grampians region.

Call into the historic wineries and see the gnarled old grape vines that put the town on the map. Explore the hand-dug 1860s cellars with the intriguing original barrels at Best's, and tour Seppelt's underground 'drives', one of the region's most popular activities.

Make sure you try the famous sparkling shiraz from Grampians Estate. Taste local fare at the cellar doors, then explore Great Western village's old churches and see the old toll gate.

Plan your visit for January and join the festivities for the Great Western Cup, one of the region's most popular horse racing events.

Great Western is around two-and-a-half hours from Melbourne along the Western Freeway.

Great Western: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Seppelt Great Western


For more than 150 years, Seppelt Great Western has been a leader in Australian Winemaking. From the early days in the Barossa Valley in 1851, through to the purchase of the Great Western winery in 1918 and to the present. Seppelt has been an engine driving the Australian wine industry forward with a spirit of innovation and dedication to quality.

Seppelt Great Western proudly presents one of the most versatile portfolios of any winery. A complete showcase of wines spanning sparkling and table styles, combining an old world pedigree with the new world vision of our winemakers. Great Western, and its world famous "Drives", are the home of sparkling and table wine production.

This diverse range of classics includes such iconic wines as Seppelt Great Western "Salinger" Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz and "St Peters" Great Western Shiraz.

Great Western Winery was established in 1865, and in 1868 more than one and a half kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for sparkling wine maturation, known as "Drives". Once completed in 1932 the "Drives" reached three kilometres in length.

These unique underground cellars are home to some iconic wines produced throughout the years at Seppelt Great Western. Amongst these wines guests can enjoy a dinner to remember or maybe say "I do" for that ultimate Wedding Experience.

'The original vineyard was established in 1865, and in the last century more than three kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for Sparkling wine maturation. Two real jewels here are the complex and intriguing Show Sparkling Shiraz and the polished and integrated St Peter's Shiraz. Both from 'St Peter's Vineyard', they proudly and loudly proclaim their Great Western origin.' Ben Canaider





36 Cemetery Road
Great Western, VIC, 3377

Located 0.7K from Great Western

The Pickers Market Stawell


The Pickers Market Stawell is a shop with the lot offering something for everyone.

Do not be misled by the shop front entry, continue through to find two extensive warehouses and over 30 sites, with a long list of stock and retro styling's.

Including antiques, collectables, garagenalia, homewares, kitchenalia, local produce and art, garden furniture, household, vintage clothing, furniture, heirloom items and much, much more. You never know what you might find!

Located in the Grampians region of Victoria, renowned as a travel and road trip destination, with beautiful mountains and National Parks, hiking tracks, and local food and wine producers.

The Pickers Market is conveniently located on the Western Highway in Stawell (opposite McDonald's). Free off-street parking.

For more information call, email or visit their website.




62 Longfield Street
Stawell West, VIC, 3380

Located 12.5K from Great Western

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 15.5K from Great Western

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 16.1K from Great Western

Ararat Regional Art Gallery


Located in the heart of Ararat in the landmark Town Hall, Ararat Regional Art Gallery offers a varied program encompassing national touring exhibitions, aspects of the permanent collection and exhibitions by visiting textile fibre and regional artists.

The Gallery was established in 1968 and has a unique place amongst Australia's public galleries through its longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting textile and fibre art - a curatorial and collection focus that began in the early 1970s.

While the permanent collection is not always on display, the Gallery maintains its dedication to highlighting excellence, innovation and diversity in contemporary textile fibre art practice through an annual exhibition program that features visiting artists and touring exhibitions.




Vincent Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Located 16.1K from Great Western

Great Western: Events

Shiraz Sunday


Steel Cutters Cottage is braving the cold and hosting their fourth Shiraz Sunday, on Sunday 31st July from 1pm until 5pm.

Join them for a relaxing afternoon of great food, wine and live music by the talented Demi Louise.

Leigh and the team from Pure Vibe Event Hire will be setting up the deluxe marquee, so bring your friends and family and enjoy a great selection of regional shiraz and some beautiful slow cooked winter food.

Please phone the number provided to book tables.


Event Dates
2016
      31st Jul
      28th Aug
      25th Sep
      30th Oct
      27th Nov
      18th Dec
2017
      29th Jan
      26th Feb


83 Main Street
Great Western, VIC, 3374

Located 0.2K from Great Western

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
      29th Jul
      26th Aug
      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 18.8K from Great Western

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 ex gst
Doors open at 4pm - 10pm.


Event Dates
2016
      28th Oct


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

Located 19.0K from Great Western

Great Western: Travel Tips

Stawell and Grampians Visitor Information Centre


The Stawell and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located at Central Park in Main Street, Stawell. Stawell is just 20 minutes from the Grampians, one of the major tourism regions of Victoria. Stawell is most famous for the world's richest footrace, The Stawell Gift, held every year at Easter.

The Visitor Centre provides visitors to the region with up to date, relevant information on attractions and sights. Attractions of interest in Stawell include the Ironbark Forest, Stawell Gift Hall of Fame, Central Park, Big Hill Lookout, several small Art Galleries and the Leisure Centre. Not to be missed is the Stawell Cultural Heritage Trail.

To find out about all these attractions and more the Stawell Visitor Information Centre is open to the public daily.




6 Main St
Stawell, VIC, 3380

Located 12.7K from Great Western

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 16.0K from Great Western

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