Ararat is the next town encounted when traveling west from Melbourne to Adelaide. Ararat is an old town that is rich in history and manages the ‘cities’ heritage admirably. Travellers and visitors will enjoy a stay at Ararat, and is important to allow plenty of time.

Ararat is named after Mount Ararat 10 kilometres south west of the town which was named by Horatio Wills in 1841.

The discovery of gold in 1857 during the Victorian gold rush transformed it into a boomtown which continued to prosper until the turn of the 20th century after which it has steadily declined in population. It was proclaimed as a city on 24 May 1950. Today, however it continues to decline, but given aging demographics Ararat is the sort of town that will have appeal.

In 1857, a party of Chinese miners en route to the Central Victorian gold fields struck gold at the Canton Lead which marked the beginning of great growth in Ararat. The Chinese community was substantial in Ararat; the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre commemorates the history of the community. Allow time when visiting.

The city also has a significant service economy with health, community services and is a regional commerce centre and the Ararat Prison is located in the town and there are quite a number of magnificent heritage listed buildings.

The Ararat Catholic Church is quite significant building. The church is always open a visit is welcome. Be prepared to linger.

The United is modern, but the Anglican Church though is over 100 years old.

The Hotels in Ararat are all old. There are quite a number that to this day are still sustainable. The Ararat Hotel a thirties ‘art deco’ design.

The Museum is located on the Eastern fringe of the cbd.  There is also a Railway Museum near the railway station.

The Ararat War Memorial is very significant acknowledgement. Spend some time taking in the detail.

Ararat requires a two day visit to do the absorb and enjoy what is on offer.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course