Arts, Events & Tourism
From lazy, languid picnics through to high adrenalin adventure, the Ararat region offers a range of experiences.
In the middle of two spectacular mountain ranges and surrounded by fertile grazing country, the region is home to a number of small towns and villages. Many bear the legacy and history of the gold rush era, although their residents enjoy a more gentle pace today.
The cosmopolitan City of Ararat is set at the junction of three major highways, and acts as an important service centre for the surrounding district.
Home to a large number of cafes and restaurants, Ararat is also a shoppers' haven.
Take a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the criminally insane and how they were once treated on a tour of the J-Ward Gaol. Or discover Ararat's cultural and gold heritage at the interactive Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre. Ararat lays claim to being the only Australian city to have been founded by the Chinese, and the region's links with China continue to this day.
For lovers of the visual arts, Ararat Regional Art Gallery offers a changing program that encompasses national touring exhibitions, aspects of the permanent collection and work by visiting textile fibre and regional artists.
The Langi Morgala Museum documents the region's social history with its enthralling collection of memorabilia, photographs, old books and newspapers and Aboriginal artefacts.
Ararat and district also hosts a full calendar of festivals and events showcasing local specialties and talents including the Ararat Seasonal Farmers Market.
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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...