The Grampians National Park encompass some of the most stunning
natural scenery in Victoria. Brilliant wildflower displays, galleries
of Aboriginal rock art, and rugged mountain ranges are just some
of the spectacular features.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Situated in Gariwerd, the local name for the Grampians National
Park, this fascinatingly organic building, that seems to grow
out of the earth, represents the myths and legends of local Koorie
communities. The centre is dedicated to the interpretation and
renewal of Koorie culture through exhibitions, tours and live
Some of the best inland fishing in Australia can be found in the
Wimmera and Grampians region of Western Victoria. From the wonderfully
picturesque backdrops around Lake Wartook, a favourite among fly
fisherman, to the excellent catches of trout in Lake Fyans, the
Wimmera is a paradise for anglers.
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Under the grandeur of the Grampians lie some of Australia's most
historical and highly regarded vineyards. As the birthplace of
Australia's sparkling wine industry back in the 1860's the area
continues to triumph with it's high
quality sparkling and table wines. A highlight of such a visit
is the underground tunnels at Seppelt Great Western Winery. Known
as "the drives", these historic underground cellars
continue to this day, to house thousands of bottles of wine.
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Halls Gap Zoo and Wildlife Park
Nestled at the foot of the Grampians, the visitor can walk through
areas of friendly animals such as kangaroos, deer and wallabies
free ranging in a native habitat, as well as monkeys, ostriches
and many other animals in individual enclosures.
Address: Pomonal Rd, Halls Gap
Ph: (03) 5356 4668
Open: Wed-Mon 10am-5pm
Horsham Country Golf Club
Situated at Haven, 5kms outside Horsham, Horsham Golf Club is
regarded as one of the finest and most challenging golf courses
outside of Melbourne. An attractive, undulating sandbelt course,
with grass greens and watered fairways, the Course was voted PGA
Course of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Opened in 1861 as a county gaol equipped with gallows, this imposing
bluestone complex was taken over by the Ararat Mental Hospital
as 'J Ward', to house the criminally and dangerously insane. 'Closed
to society', until 1991, tours include a visit to the memorabilia
collection which documents the history of penal and psychiatric
reform in Ararat.
Ph: (03) 5352 3621 or (03) 5352 3357
Rock Climbing at Mt Arapiles
MT Arapiles is a spectacular rocky outcrop, rising sharply from
the Wimmera plains to form part of the Mt. Arapiles-Tooan State
Park. It is a rock climbing area of world renown. This imposing
quartzose sandstone feature offers climbers over 2000 different
climbs on it's numerous faces.
MT Arapiles - Tooan State Park
Wimmera Highway, 30kms west of Horsham
Stawell Gift Hall of Fame
Houses the history of Australia's best known foot race with film,
photographs and equipment covering over a century of memorabilia.
Close by are the Central Park Gates, designed and built at the
local foundry in 1903 to commemorate district men who went to
the Boer War. It is the entrance to Central Park where the Stawell
Gift has been run since 1898.
Main St, Central Park, Stawell
pH: (03) 5358 1326
Open: Weekdays 9am-11am; Weekends by appointment
One of the most striking features of the Grampians region is its
vivid and colourful Spring wildflowers, best seen during October.
Heathlands come to life with colourful shows of Grampians Boronia,
Grampians Pin-cushion Lily, Grampians Parrot-pea, Grampians Thryptomene
and a multitude of other herbs and shrubs. The park contains over
800 indigenous plant species, twenty of which are found nowhere
else in the world.
The Wool Factory
The Wimmera Wool Factory in Horsham produces some of the finest
super fine wool in Australia, selling much of it to specialised
garment producers in Europe. This is an excellent opportunity
to witness the fruits of the regions rural sector. Organised and
educational tours operate 7 days a week. Located in Golf Course
Rd there are daily tours at: 10.15am. 11.00am. 1.30pm. and 2.30pm
or by appointment.
Scaling a face at Mt Arapiles
Horsham Golf Club