The orchid city of Ararat offers a variety of facilities and attractions for visitors.

Things to see and do in Ararat:-

  • Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre tells the story of life during the beginnings of Ararat and of the Chinese immigrants who discovered gold here.
  • Visit J-Ward, the old gaol and former institution for the criminally insane. Do a tour during the day or one of their Lantern Ghost Tours at night, visit for more information on tours.
  • Visit Aradale one of Victoria’s largest Asylums. Aradale operated as a Lunatic Asylum from 1867 and has been closed since 1993.
  • Aradale offers guided tours during the day or Ghost tours at night, visit for more information on tours.
  • Other attractions include Ararat Regional Art Gallery, the Railway Heritage Museum, and Langi Morgala Museum
  • Take a stroll in Alexandra Park and Gardens and relax by the Lake.
  • One Tree Hill Lookout has panoramic views over the region.
  • Walk along the vine lined main street, browse the shops and sample the many dining options

Ararat is a perfect base for a scenic drive through the magnificent countryside and ranges of the regional natural attractions:-

  • The Grampians National Park
  • Mt Langi Ghiran, Mt Cole, Mt Buangor
  • Pyrenees Ranges


  • 4WDriving
  • Bush walking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Hang gliding
  • Golf

Ararat is central to the many vineyards of the area. Follow the Great Grape Touring Route winding through this spectacular region and discover the abundant wineries and cellar doors.