Things to do in Ararat

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  • Kathleen s
    Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This day tour tells the story of the jail and hospital, with stories of some of the patients and inmates. Very interesting and would totally recommend. We had plenty of time to look at the cells and ask questions. we wanted to see the complex in the daylight as we were also doing a ghost tour at night. I appreciated that the signs are copied into a book as it allowed me to actually look at the building rather than trying to take photos of them all. It was clear that the friends of J ward really care about the upkeep of the place and respect the sad history. Graeme our guide was keen that everyone on the tour had a good time and was interested in us.
    Written 31 May 2024
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  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia17,339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Grampians, where we stayed for three nights in a spacious Holiday Villa.

    We drove here, after having lunch in Ararat, on our way to Grampians.

    The views are scenic. We found this place using Tripadvisor. We were the only visitors during our visit, as it was mid week, off peak season.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Kathleen s
    Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting museum telling the story of the chinese who established the town and the issues they faced. The museum also has a lot of chinese exhibits that dont necessarily connect to the town. It was done very sympathically and is well laid out. Very nice shop (we bought a lovely cup) and the exterior of the building had been made by Chinese craftsmen. didnt tell us much about what happened to the chinese after the goldrush (in NZ many turned to market gardening and we wondered if that was the case there.) very friendly and enthusiastic staff
    Written 31 May 2024
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  • Peta M
    Geelong, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful setting and the service was AMAZING!
    Oh and the wines were delicious!
    We were able to have a glass of wine outside with our dog.
    Written 14 June 2021
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  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia17,339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I visited these Gardens recently, during a stopover in Ararat, on our drive to Halls Gap for a holiday, where we stayed for 3 nights.

    These Gardens are well maintained and are scenic to look at. We walked across the entire grounds to enjoy the views.
    Written 23 March 2024
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  • Tee M
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we stopped at this gem of a place! Set up in a 150-year-old former wool store in the middle of Ararat, Langi Morgala Museum is packed with displays of a bygone era. Displays track the town’s past from the discovery of gold in 1857 through to the region’s rich agricultural history and local businesses. The museum is home to the Mooney Collection - one of the most significant collections of indigenous artefacts in Australia.
    A series of rooms provide a glimpse of how people lived in the 1800s.
    There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained from the young to the elderly.
    The staff are friendly and welcoming.
    Written 23 July 2023
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  • monib
    Narre Warren, Australia397 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art and information, a great combination to find out places of interest and local.art. One of the staff wven explained the difficulty of dressing a manikin, needing to pad up in some areas to replicate the changing figures.
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • Janette
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic winery & tasting. We didn’t realise it was by appointment only so despite us calling when we turned off the main road, Allen was very accommodating and met us at the tasting room. Fantastic range of wines including some less common varietals, so hard to decide which to take home as they were all great. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great winery.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia31,328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We called into check the Tourist Information Centre and to use the public toilets. While here we found TAMA. It was a great bonus. There were a number of pieces of textile art and some interesting costumes from Lady Grimwade's personal wardrobe.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • Simon B
    City of Greater Geelong, Australia4,019 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When travelling through a country town and see a spire I usually stop and explore. St Mary’s Catholic Church well worth the time.
    Entered front door on weekday to find myself alone, in peace.
    Sat and had a quiet moment. Moved by the spiritual setting.
    Written 6 January 2021
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  • PCWANZ1234
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recently had the pleasure of exploring the Ararat Market & can say it really impressed me.
    There were over 60 stalls with a great selection of goods to choose from.
    Handmade crafts, baked goods, candles, books, toys for the kids, beautiful jewellery, new dvds, plants, lollies & lots more.
    I enjoyed a sausage from the BBQ run for the community & brought myself a delightful cake from the bake stand.
    Everyone was very friendly & most stalls had EFTPOS.
    I would highly recommend this place to anyone passing though Ararat on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
    Looking forward to my next visit.
    Written 23 April 2019
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia38,281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Hill loop- includes a picnic area,toilets and interpretative signs. easily accessed off main divide rd and bordering the western hwy

    One Tree Hill Lookout- offers amazing scenic views of the Pyrenees and Grampians plus mount cole and langhi ghiran. has picnic tables and bins. follow signs off hwy.

    Blackie Reserve- picnic ground at bottom of One Tree Hill rd
    Written 23 October 2017
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