Arts, Events & Tourism
Welcome to Ararat Active City, the doorstep to your next adventure.
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.
Nearby is the Grampians Wine Region, a historic and expanding wine district renowned for high quality wines and scenic vineyards.
Ararat recently transformed from one of the most obese towns in Australia, into one that has embraced an active lifestyle.
The active mindset pervades every aspect of the city, from the way it is run to the way new policies are made. The aim is to turn Ararat from the fattest community in the country into the fittest. Infrastructure has been put in place and activities are planned all year round towards achieving this goal. The efforts are already showing positive results.
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, learn about trains and railways at the Railway Heritage Museum, or amble through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, a botanical haven with a tranquil lake, walk-in fernery, barbecues and gardens.
Then see diverse exhibitions of national significance at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery, or take in the ambience of Green Hill Lake on the outskirts of Ararat. Ararat is also a 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 See our calendar for a full list of festivals and events
Located in the heart of Ararat in the historic Town Hall building, Ararat Regional Art Gallery offers an exciting program of exhibitions across all areas of the visual arts. Established in 1968, the Gallery has a unique place amongst Australian public galleries through a longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting contemporary textile fibre art. The Main...
Ararat’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is the cultural hub of the region. Housed in Ararat’s stately old Town Hall, the PAC attracts a rich calendar of annual events. Here, local and guest artists stage regular performances, including national touring shows and festivals. Free lunchtime concerts are held each month and the One Act Play Festival is held...
So much to see and do The Story. One day in May, 1857, 700 Chinese miners from Southern China, travelling overland from the Port of Robe in South Australia, to the Central Goldfields in the Colony of Victoria, rested at a place in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, some 400 kilometres due east of Robe. Replenishing their water supplies from a spring, they...