Day Tours from Horsham

Arapiles & Little Desert Tour

Horsham - Natimuk - Mt Arapiles - (Goroke - Kaniva) - Nhill - Dimboola - Horsham

From Horsham travel to Mt Arapiles-Tooan State Park, via Natimuk. At Mt Arapiles experience the dry rocky terrain of world-class rock climbing and view the panoramic plains of the Wimmera. Continue along the Goroke - Natimuk Road, to the Jane Duff Memorial Park, which commemorates the heroine of the "three lost children" story, from the early days of settlement in the Wimmera. From here continue to Harrow - Nhill Road intersection, where you can either turn right and head through the centre of the Little Desert National Park, stopping at the Stringybark Walk and then on to Nhill, or you can continue straight ahead via Goroke to the Little Desert National Park, home of the famous Mallee Fowl. View a sea of Pink Heath and wild flowers in the spring, plus the woody shrubland and various native animals. Continue on to Kaniva, then down to Nhill and then along the Western Hwy to the Pink Lake. This lake is known for it's colour and purity of it's salt. From here into Dimboola and out to the Horseshoe Bend to see where the Wimmera River meets the desert and view the lovely giant river red gums, before continuing back to Horsham.
Historical Wheatlands Tour

Horsham - Dimboola - Antwerp - Jeparit - Warracknabeal - Minyip - Rupanyup - Murtoa - Horsham

Travel along the Western Highway to Dimboola, then on to Antwerp on the Dimboola - Jeparit Road. Just before Antwerp there will be a tun to your left, that goes to Ebenezer Mission. Founded in 1858 by Moravian missionaries, Ebenezer Mission was established to christianise the Aborigines. All that remains today of this National Trust site, is the grave yards, old church and cook house. From here travel to Jeparit, the birthplace of Australia's legendary Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. Six kilometres north of Jeparit is Lake Hindmarsh, Victoria's largest freshwater lake, then travel on to Warracknabeal, the centre of the major grain growing area of the state. Continue on to Minyip, the home of the former "Flying Doctors" T.V mini-series, then on to Rupanyup. From Rupanyup head to Murtoa. As you are coming into Murtoa, you will notice a large grain storage shed on your left. It is known as the 'stick shed', which was one of the largest grain storage sheds in the southern hemisphere. It was built in 1941, during the World War 1. Continue on to Lake Marma to witness the magnificent sunset before heading back to Horsham.
Historical Redgum Country

Horsham - Natimuk - Mt Arapiles - (Edenhope) - Harrow - Balmoral - Rocklands Reservoir - Toolondo Reservoir - Horsham

Take the Wimmera Highway west to Natimuk, with its many historical buildings, near Mt Arapiles. At Mt Arapiles you can watch world-class rock climbers, walk through wildflowers or admire the view from the lookouts. Continue along the Wimmera Highway to Edenhope and visit Lake Wallace, one of Victoria's renowned fly-fishing waters or follow Major Mitchell's trail to Harrow. Harrow is a picturesque little town on the banks of the Glenelg River in the heart of redgum country. But keep a look out above. In times of drought these magnificent gums can suddenly drop one of their branches to conserve water!
Then on to Balmoral and the huge Rocklands Reservoir and its spillway. Take the road back to Horsham, stopping to watch a beautiful sunset over Toolondo Reservoir, one of the premier trout waters in Victoria.
Grampians Spectacular Highlights

Horsham - Wartook - Zumsteins - MacKenzie Falls - Reids Lookout - Boroka Lookout - Halls Gap - Lake Bellfield - Victoria Valley - Cavendish - Cherry Pool - Horsham

Drive south along the Western Highway and turn right at the entrance to the Grampians National Park. From here drive to Wartook. You may wish to detour and have a look at the Aboriginal rock art sites
at Hollow Mountain (on the Mt Zero Road) or at Mt Stapylton. Then on to Zumsteins, which has a picnic ground, historical walk and plenty of native animals. From here travel, to MacKenzie Falls, then to Reids Lookout and on to Boroka Lookout, before going into Halls Gap. From Halls Gap travel down the Halls Gap - Dunkeld Tourist Road, to Lake Bellfield, which has fishing and picnic facilities. Continue on to Mount William the largest mountain range in the Grampians. From here continue along the Halls Gap-Dunkeld Tourist Road, to the Victoria Valley Road. Turn off to the right. Here you will travel through the lovely fertile farming land of the Wannon River, with all it's historical significance. From Cavendish continue along the Henty Highway towards Horsham. You may wish to turn off just before Glenisla to view the two Aboriginal rock art sites, off the Billywing Road. Stop in Cherry Pool. It lies on the Glenelg River and has a small walking trail and picnic facilities, then return to Horsham.

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