Transport & Economy


Centrally located within the western region of Victoria, Ararat has outstanding connections and services to all major metropolitan cities via road and rail. Three direct services a day to and from Melbourne with VLine rail ensure a stress free visit to Ballarat and Melbourne with no need to waste time finding a parking space on arrival. There are also buses linking Ararat with Lake Bolac, Willaura, Maryborough (via Elmhurst), Hamilton, Horsham, Halls Gap and Warrnambool.

Ararat is home to the Christian’s Bus Company, running a local and rural bus service ensuring easy connections to and from rail services, Ararat’s CBD and outlying areas is fully covered. If you prefer to travel by taxi, Ararat Cabs has that covered too with a maxi-taxi and fleet vehicles available to take you wherever you need to go.



With a diverse range of employment options and many large employers including health services, correctional services, manufacturing, education, Local Government, retail, hospitality, agriculture and viticulture - there is plenty of scope to find employment or start that home based business you have always dreamed about. With the NBN now available in most areas the opportunities for balancing your working life with your home life has never been more achievable. 

Ararat has seen a recent infrastructure boom with the construction of Australia’s third largest wind farm, the Western Highway duplication and the rejuvenation of the Maryborough to Ararat Rail Freight line placing Ararat on the axis of the north, south, east, west link from Echuca to the Port of Portland and connections to Adelaide and Melbourne. Stavely Minerals exploration into gold and copper deposits in the Ararat and Willaura region are showing great promise, and the arrival of the NBN is making the “tree change” and “e-change” a reality.

The completion of the Alexandra Oval Community Centre and following stages of the sporting precinct redevelopment which also includes the rejuvenation of the outdoor Olympic swimming pool, installation of fitness equipment around the Alexandra Lake and gardens area, upgrading of the tennis and netball courts are supporting Ararat’s role as the premier location for major sporting and community events in the region.

The $5 million redevelopment and upgrade of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre and Art Gallery will commence in early 2017 and when finished, will provide a world class venue for the arts in Western Victoria.