Located at the foothills of the Grampians and surrounded by picturesque grazing country, Ararat is the centrepiece in a region of tranquil and inspiring natural attractions, including the Grampians National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor, Ararat Hills Regional Park, and the Pyrenees Ranges.
Ararat is also in the Grampians Wine Region, a historic and expanding wine district renowned for high quality wines and scenic vineyards.
Apart from trail walking, bush hiking and other active pursuits, Ararat and neighbouring townships have a lot to offer. Experience the abundance of diverse cultural and historical attractions, including the chilling J-Ward Gaol and Aradale Asylum, unique institutions that will captivate all who walk through their ghostly steel doors.
Delve into Ararat’s heritage at the Langi Morgala Museum and Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, Railway Heritage Museum or amble through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, a botanical haven with a tranquil lake, walk-in fernery and barbecues. The Ararat Outdoor Olympic Pool and kids splash area is a great option to cool off in the hotter months.
See diverse exhibitions of national significance at the Ararat Gallery TAMA, or take in the ambience of Green Hill Lake on the outskirts of Ararat. Ararat is also an RV-friendly city with safe and well-equipped caravan parks. Visit with family or friends. There is so much to do throughout the year. See our calendar for a full list of festivals and events