Ararat is the eastern gateway
to the magnificent Grampians (Gariwerd) National
Park. To the north are the rugged Pyrenees Ranges and picturesque Elmhurst,
whilst to the east lies Buangor with its historic Cobb & Co coach-house, and
close to the scenic Mount Langi Ghiran and Mount Cole.
on the Western Highway, just 200 km north west of Melbourne, Ararat is the hub
of western Victoria, with rail and road links to Geelong, Portland, as well as
western and north western Victoria. There is also an aerodrome.
Ararat is the only town in Australia to be founded by the
Chinese. Rich in colonial history with a wide variety of
activities and attractions to choose from including the famous J Ward
asylum for the criminally insane, now a working museum, to a pleasant
stroll through the Alexandra Gardens, a botanical garden which features
a walk-through fernery, Orchid House, lake and Japanese Island.
The area is also well known for the magnificent wines produced along
the Pyrenees wine trail.
Check out our listing of
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.