The 10 Best Things to Do in Ararat, Victoria

Discover the best top things to do in Ararat, Australia including Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, J Ward Museum Complex, One Tree Hill Lookout, Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre, Alexandra Gardens, Montara Winery, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Langi Morgala Museum, DogRock Winery, Ararat Hills Regional Park.

1. Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre stands as a monument to the contribution by the Chinese to the establishment and economic and cultural advancement of Ararat. It tells a story of deprivation, hardship and the incredible tenacity of thousands of men from the south east of China that made their way to Victoria, in the 1850s in search of gold. Become engrossed in the courthouse stories and see the original Canton Lead Mine tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre. A truly interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Open 7 days a week except Christmas Day 11am-4pm 31-33 Lambert Street (Western Highway) Ararat 3377 03 5352 1078

Reviewed By Panda055 - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Worth a visit

This gem of a museum in Ararat follows the epic journey of the Chinese from Southern China to the goldfields of western Victoria.Grant provided an interesting introduction to how the museum came to be, the significance of the design and construction. A 10

2. J Ward Museum Complex

Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

J Ward Museum Complex

Reviewed By Judy F - Taree NSW AustraliaTaree NSW Australia

Fascinating, but sad

Run by volunteers (with proceeds going to upkeep and renovation) this was a depressing , but still fascinating place. Depressing, because of its history - as an asylum for the criminally insane. It really makes us think about what people were put through

3. One Tree Hill Lookout

One Tree Hill Road, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Sights & Landmarks, Lookouts
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

One Tree Hill Lookout

Reviewed By 116damiens - Adelaide, AustraliaAdelaide, Australia

Great views.

For a quick drive up the hill it is worth the drive. You will have 360 uninterrupted views. The facilities are well maintained and a lot of cool information is available. Do visit.

4. Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre

91 High St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By 993anitat - Forster, AustraliaForster, Australia

Friendly Helpful Staff

We stopped in at the Information Centre in Ararat, which is located at the railway station, to get some ideas of what to do in the area.We had no idea if the rich history in the town and of Aradale Asylum and J Ward. The lady briefly explained to us the h

5. Alexandra Gardens

Vincent Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Nature & Parks, Gardens, Other Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Alexandra Gardens

The Pyrenees Caravan Park offer Deluxe Ensuite Cabins,Disable unit, Ensuite power site, drive thru site,Power&unpower site, Our peaceful and quiet garden setting with excellent facilities and proximity to shops, restaurants and all attractions will ensure a pleasant stay. Our undercover camp kitchen look onto garden and the Black Cockatoo aviary

Reviewed By Victorianlad - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Lake with many species of waterfowl

There are some well considered plantings of natives around this attractive lake that is next to the busy (at night) Melbourne - Adelaide rail line.The lake had many species of waterfowl including Eurasian coots, Chestnut Teal and Pacific Black Ducks. Ther

6. Montara Winery

Chalambar Road, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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5 based on 15 reviews

Montara Winery

Established in 1970, Montara is captivating with its panorama of plains, mountains, vines, and old-world charm of the Ararat gold rush days. Situated 200 kilometres west of Melbourne in the Grampians region, it is a feast for the eyes and the spirit.

Reviewed By Johan S - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Beautiful place!

Stopped here after a weekend at the Grampians. So glad we did. The views are spectacular from the tasting room. Weather was perfect and we spent a great couple of hours enjoying the Riesling and cheese platter outside.

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat | Reopening in mid 2018, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Museums, Shopping, Art Museums, Art Galleries More
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Ararat Gallery TAMA

The Gallery has a unique place amongst Australia’s public galleries through its commitment to supporting and promoting textile and fibre art - a curatorial and collection focus that began in the early 1970s. Today the collection is arguably the most significant of its kind in Australia. While the permanent collection is not always on exhibition, the Gallery maintains its dedication to highlighting excellence, innovation and diversity in contemporary textile and fibre art practice through an annual exhibition program featuring the work of visiting artists and exhibitions that are touring from other public galleries. The gallery is fully accessible from the Vincent Street entrance. Lift access between levels inside the facility is available for gallery visitors. Accessible toilets including baby change facilities are also available. Tours for schools and non-profit organisations can be accommodated subject to advance notice.

Reviewed By fional943 - Ballarat, AustraliaBallarat, Australia

Worthy of A Day Trip!

This fabulous regional gallery provides both works from its permanent collection and hosts many substantial and significant exhibitions on a regular basis.I have enjoyed some very good exhibitions there, including the Blake religious art prize exhibition

8. Langi Morgala Museum

48 Queen Street, Ararat, Victoria, Australia Museums, History Museums
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5 based on 5 reviews

Langi Morgala Museum

Reviewed By ET3121 - Greater Melbourne, AustraliaGreater Melbourne, Australia

Another hidden country gem

You stumble across this kind of attraction all the time in country Victoria. The attraction that not people know of and that's a shame. Sort of place you could spend hours looking through. Has a bit of everything. From the heritage listed building (1873)

9. DogRock Winery

114 Degraves Rd, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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5 based on 6 reviews

DogRock Winery

DogRock Winery,in Victoria’s Pyrenees region, is a creator of premium, sustainably produced wines. Established in 1998 by winemakers Allen and Andrea Hart who make small batches of premium Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon from estate grown fruit. Please call ahead to arrange your tasting experience.

Reviewed By Helsbels84 - Perth, AustraliaPerth, Australia

Ambience in the country

Al and Andrea welcome visitors to their boutique winery in the heart of the Pyrenees with old fashioned country hospitality. Its very easy to lose an afternoon tasting the superb wine whilst enjoying the magnificent views across the vineyard to the Pyrene

10. Ararat Hills Regional Park

Tree Hill Road, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Ararat Hills Regional Park

Reviewed By ET3121 - Greater Melbourne, AustraliaGreater Melbourne, Australia

wildflowers,woodlands and scenic lookouts

made up of 3 separate blocks. the ararat hills regional park offers great scenic driving or leisurely bushwalking amongst ironbark woodland. the ararat hills block is the most popular and features a couple of easily accessible points of interest;Bridal Hi

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