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Art & culture

Grampians

  • Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Travel through the mountain ranges, open plains, forests and flora of the Grampians and soak up the sights that have inspired generations of artistic endeavour.

Fine regional examples
Make a beeline for the standout regional galleries in Horsham, Hamilton and Ararat, with collections that rival their urban counterparts.

Gaze at contemporary Australian photography in Horsham, admire Indigenous artworks and the textures of contemporary fibre and textiles in Ararat, and browse the collection of decorative arts and rich bequests in Hamilton.

Pop into smaller private galleries and art spaces to see works inspired the region, from the moody landscapes in Ros McArthur's studio and the wildlife paintings by Steve Morvell to the ceramics, prints and etchings at Bluewhippet Art in Ararat.

The earliest art and culture
Reserve plenty of time for visiting Aboriginal places of interest, especially Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, with its multimedia shows, art exhibitions, artefact displays, cultural talks, and guided tours to ancient rock art sites.

Gold fever
Chinese miners played a significant role in Victoria's gold rush of the 1800s. Hear stories from the state's golden age and delve into local Chinese history at the purpose-built Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, the only town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese migrants.

Festivals and events
Celebrate the long history of artistic inspiration at the frequent arts events and festivals held throughout the region.

Roll into Halls Gap in February for the Grampians Jazz Festival – a huge weekend boasting performances by over 130 acts or family entertainment and cultural celebrations make your way to the Discover Dunkeld festival.