The Wimmera Region
  Stretching from the edges of the Wyperfeld National Park, in the north-west of Victoria across to the mountain ranges of The Grampians, the Wimmera is a diverse and flourishing region full of beauty and striking contrast.

Brilliant wildflowers carpet the hills in the spring, while the vast open plains of the northern Wimmera, renowned for it's wheat and wool production, are painted in a sea of yellow, as the canola crop flowers.

Major towns, such as Horsham, Ararat and Stawell, offer a special mixture of historical sights and contemporary facilities, and are the commercial centres of a dynamic agricultural sector. A network of smaller country towns offer a relaxed country lifestyle, unique to regional Australia.

There are fascinating windows back to pioneering Australia at the Wheatlands Agricultural Museum in Warracknabeal and the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum in Jeparit. The 'Harrow by Night' sight and sound show, has become a major tourist attraction offering an entertaining presentation on the early life of Australia's oldest inland town.

From the rugged and ancient mountain ranges of the Grampians to the fascinating Little Desert National Park, The Wimmera is a mecca for sports lovers, adventure seekers and outdoor activities.

The Grampians National Park encompasses some of the most stunning natural scenery in Victoria. Brilliant wildflowers unfold in spring, while the rock shelters of the Grampians ranges contain some of the most significant Aboriginal rock art in Australia.

The Little Desert National Park in the west, is a fascinating and delicately balanced environment, with it's low woodlands of Desert Banksia, it's spring display of colourful wildflowers and vast array of birdlife, including the elusive Mallee Fowl. The park offers a rich network of self guided walks and four-wheel drive tracks.

Mt Arapiles is internationally famous as a rock climbing venue with over 2000 different climbs. A spectacular rocky outcrop, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains, it forms part of the Mt. Arapiles-Tooan State Park.

The numerous lakes, streams and rivers in the Wimmera, provide some of the best inland fishing in Australia and the region is popular for it's other water based activities. The Horsham Golf Club, voted PGA Course of the Year for the last three years, highlights many of the outstanding sporting facilities in the region.

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 table wines. A regional highlight 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.

The Wimmera is full of surprises. A unique and strikingly beautiful region, waiting to be explored.

Visitor information

Ararat Visitor Information Centre
91 High St, Ararat
Tel: (03) 5352 2096 Freecall 1800 657 158

Horsham Visitor Information Centre
20 O'Callaghan Parade, Horsham
Tel: (03) 5382 1832 Freecall 1800 633 218

Stawell and Grampians Information and Booking Centre
50 - 52 Western Highway, Stawell, Vic. 3380
Ph: 03 5358 2314 or (03) 5358 2823 Fax: (03) 5358 4366
Freecall: 1800 246 880
Grampians Rd
Tel: (03) 5356 4247

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Birdlife is abundant along the waterways
and wetlands of the Wimmera

The Balconies - The Grampians