Outback Towns

Ararat

Journey to golden Ararat - There are many activities in Ararat including an art gallery, croquet, horse racing, scenic drivers, harness racing, bowls , fishing, golf, bush walking and wineries.

About Ararat

Journey to golden Ararat 

Ararat is an attractive old goldmining town of about 7500 people located in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. It is 203 km north-west of Melbourne at the intersection of the Western and Pyrenees Highways.

See the sights

There are many activities in Ararat including an art gallery, croquet, horse racing, scenic drivers, harness racing, bowls , fishing, golf, bush walking and wineries.

Full of history

The Tjapwurong Aborigines inhabited the Ararat district long before the arrival of white men. The townsite was known to them as 'Butingitch'. The first Europeans in the district were the party of explorer Thomas Mitchell on their expedition through 'Australia Felix'. Mitchell's positive report on the land east of the Grampians encouraged squatters to move into the district.

Great events!

The ten-day Golden Gateway Festival, held in October, is the major social event on the calender. There is also the One Act Play Festival in July, the Cymbidium Orchid Festival in September and the Jailhouse Rock Festival in March which includes markets, food, dancing, music, a street carnival, childrens' entertainment and a ball.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs