Get Fit, Have Fun

Ararat Rural City is a health loving municipality. Council staff and management committees operate, maintain and develop over 50 facilities where people can participate in active recreation.

Ararat Fitness Centre

Features a 25m heated pool, toddler pool, spa, sauna, gym, 2 basketball courts, 6 squash courts and a gymnastics area.


Playgrounds offer a great place for kids to be active, and with our leaps and bounds exercise equipment, mum, dad and everyone else can too!

Parks and Trails

Ararat features many opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Swimming Pools

Our Outdoor swimming pools are open from December to March. They are a great place to cool down, have fun, and be active in hot summer months.

  • Ararat Outdoor Olympic Pool features a 50m pool, waterplay area, and dual facing kiosk and changerooms
  • Willaura Outdoor Memorial Pool features a 25m pool, toddler pool and change rooms.
  • The Peter O’Rorke Memorial Pool (Lake Bolac) features a 25m pool, toddler pool and change rooms.

Recreation Reserves

The municipality features 14 council owned recreation reserves where you can participate in a variety of sports, or go for some play and exercise.