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Horsham is an important centre for the Wimmera district. Prior to European settlement, Horsham and its surrounds were occupied by the Jardwa and Wotjobaluk Aboriginal people, who referred to the region as 'Wopetbungundilar'. This term is thought to have meant 'place of flowers', a reference to the flowers that grow along the banks of the Wimmera River. Flowers continue to play an important role in Horsham, which is considered to be one of the prettiest regional towns in Victoria. Although the Wimmera is a renowned wheat-growing region, Horsham is also a centre for fine wool production.

Visitor Information

20 O'Callaghan Pde; (03) 5382 1832 or 1800 633 218


Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

Nearby towns

  • Natimuk

    Natimuk is popular for its proximity to Mount Arapiles, a 369-metre sandstone monolith that has been described as 'Victoria's Ayers Rock'....more

  • Dimboola

    Dimboola, on the Wimmera River, is a key access point to the Little Desert National Park. The area was home to the Wotjobaluk Aboriginal...more

  • Warracknabeal

    The town's Aboriginal name means 'the place of the big red gums shading the watercourse', a name that is both beautifully descriptive and...more

In Town

Art Gallery This is one of Victoria's key regional galleries, with an extensive collection housed in a 1930s Art Deco building. Most of the artwork is centred on the Mack Jost collection of Australian art, with contemporary Australian photography another specialty. 80 Wilson St; (03) 5362 2888.

Botanic Gardens: picturesquely set on the banks of the Wimmera River; Cnr Baker and Firebrace sts.

The Wool Factory: produces extra-fine wool from Saxon-Merino sheep, with tours daily; Golf Course Rd.

Wimmera River: key attraction for the town, with scenic picnic spots along the river's edges. Visit the river at dusk for spectacular sunsets.


Murtoa This town lies on the edge of Lake Marma, which has dried out in recent times. The Water Tower Museum (open Sun) displays the history of the area as well as James Hill's 1885–1930 taxidermy collection of some 500 birds and animals. On the eastern side of town, among the grain silos, is an unusual relic called the Stick Shed. The roof of this now empty storage shed is held up with 640 unmilled tree trunks, and the interior is an evocative sight (open once a year in Oct); 31 km NE.

Jung: market on last Sat each month; 10 km NE.

Fishing: redfin and trout in local lakes, depending on water levels. Reasonable levels at Taylors Lake; 18 km SE.

Mount Zero Olives: the largest olive grove in the Southern Hemisphere, with 55 000 trees on 730 hectares. The first trees were planted in 1943, after World War II stopped olive oil imports. You can buy oil, vinegar and lentils, and stay overnight.; Laharum; 30 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 31 km

At first sight the Wimmera River didn’t look special. Barely flowing, it consisted of sandbars and fallen trees interspersed with shallows and a few deeper holes below the timber. I was fishing with local anglers... Find out more

Lake Wartook 46 km

Drought and changes to irrigation have left dry many of Victoria’s former favourite fishing lakes. Drive through the cropping plains of the Wimmera and you come across once-famous lakes, including Toolondo,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tours, Grampians National Park 58 km

Brambuk, the Grampians National Park and Cultural Centre, houses an Aboriginal cultural centre explaining much of the history and stories associated with the area. There is also a bushfoods cafe, where you can try emu,... Find out more

Little Desert National Park 60 km

This park contains one-fifth of all flowering plant species in Victoria. The elusive mallee fowl and rare scrub robin live amid the 600 kilometres of tracks that go out to remote sections of the park near the South... Find out more

Grampians National Park 64 km

There are many, many reasons to go to this remarkable 1680-square-kilometre national park: its spectacular spring wildflowers, its dramatic cliffs and sandstone features, its bushwalking, the stunning views from its... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Chickpea

Just off the main road in Horsham, this homely little cafe has been serving hearty breakfasts and light lunches to locals and travellers alike for over 14 years. Most of the food is baked fresh daily on the premises,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 4 km

The Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort is out on the Western Hwy about 4 km south-east of Horsham. While the comfort and amenities offered by the park are already reasons to stay, the best rationale is that the spectacular... Find out more

Natimuk Lake Caravan Park 23 km

Travel 4 km north of the township of Natimuk to its namesake lake, reached via Lake Rd from the Wimmera Hwy. The caravan park sits at its southern tip. When the lake isn’t dry it attracts attention from fishing... Find out more

Ackle Bend camping area 28 km

Ackle Bend is on the Wimmera River in the eastern block of Little River National Park, just south of Horseshoe Bend. The walk north along the river yields some great views. Other leisurely pursuits available here include... Find out more

Horseshoe Bend camping area 29 km

Horseshoe Bend is on the eastern boundary of Little Desert National Park, on the Wimmera River opposite Wail State Forest. North of here is the Pomponderoo Hill Nature Walk, which takes in a scenic lookout and some of... Find out more

Stapylton camping area 29 km

This large campground has a mixture of sheltered and open sites, and is situated in the far north of the national park. You can take a short, self-guided walk to Ngamadjidj Shelter, a one-time Aboriginal campsite where... Find out more

Centenary Park camping area 32 km

The only camping site at Mt Arapiles, Centenary Park is accessed via Centenary Park Rd off the Wimmera Hwy – the spacious campground is about 2 km from the turn-off. Some sites require you to carry your gear in... Find out more

Toolondo Caravan Park 39 km

The Toolondo Reservoir is due west of Grampians National Park, on the other side of the Henty Hwy. On its south-eastern bank is a caravan park with an earthen boat ramp. There can be excellent fly fishing here, depending... Find out more

Troopers Creek camping area 39 km

The forested campground at Troopers Creek can be used as a base camp by those who want to rest up before tackling the precipitous but highly recommended climb up Mt Difficult. If you’d prefer something less... Find out more

Cherrypool Highway Park 44 km

Handy for an overnight stop between Horsham and Hamilton, this rest area is on the Henty Hwy, 50 km south of Horsham. Sitting beside the Glenelg River, perhaps with a line in the water, makes a welcome change from... Find out more

Kiata camping area 46 km

Kiata campground is in the eastern block of Little Desert National Park. It’s at the end of Kiata South Rd, which runs off the Western Hwy between Nhill and Dimboola. Head to the nearby picnic area to take the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Horsham Caravan Park 1 km

Located on the banks of the Wimmera River, close to the town centre, this good quality park is council owned but operated by the YMCA. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 4 km

This is a spacious park on the fringe of Horsham, 4 km south-east of town on the Western Highway. It has a range of facilities including a tennis court and spa. It is a good base for exploring the local area. Bookings... Find out more

Big4 Grampians Parkgate Resort 55 km

This is a very good quality tourist park less than 1.5 km from Halls Gap. With great recreational facilities including a tennis court, this is a popular holiday destination and a great base from which to explore the... Find out more

Halls Gap Caravan and Tourist Park 56 km

We find this large park ideal for a holiday at any time of the year and regularly stay here. Located in the centre of town, it is within easy reach of most of the area’s attractions and makes a good base for... Find out more

Lake Fyans Holiday Park 62 km

This is a spacious waterfront park on the shores of Lake Fyans, a popular watersports area to the south-west of Stawell. The park has a cafe and canoes for hire. It is just a short drive to nearby Halls Gap and is an... Find out more

Nhill Caravan Park 65 km

This is a convenient park on the Western Highway, on the western outskirts of Nhill. It has good basic amenities and is conveniently located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Orange Grove B&B

Historic Orange Grove homestead offers peaceful country accommodation in its original three-bedroom mud-brick cottage or a more modern two-bedroom unit nearby. The fully restored 1905 cottage is well appointed with open... Find out more

Sylvania Park Mohair Farm

Accommodation on this historic 200-hectare property (home of the Mulgowrie Mohair Goat Stud) is in two self-contained houses – Mill End and Riversleigh. Mill End lodge is the original mud-brick homestead,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Grampians Eco YHA 55 km

At this eco-hostel you sleep under roof tiles that are actually solar panels. Any extra power generated is fed back to the electricity grid. The passive solar building, featuring rammed earth walls, also has solar... Find out more

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 55 km

Set on 117 hectares of bushland beside Little Desert National Park, the lodge has 24 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, or 16 bunkrooms with shared facilities. By staying here, you are helping support projects such as the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Burnt Creek rest area 7 km

7km SE of Horsham (L) or 60km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Lake Green rest area 12 km

12km SE of Horsham (R) or 55km NW of Stawell (L)

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Wail rest area 24 km

10km SE of Dimboola (L) or 26km NW of Horsham (R)

Just off the highway among some trees near the railway overpass.

Horseshoe Bend camping area 28 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Ackle Bend camping area 28 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Stapylton camping area 29 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in Grampians National Park. Located 48km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians and Olive Plantation rds.

Wimmera River rest area 38 km

32km E of Nhill (L) or 6km W of Dimboola (R)

Just off the highway near the river.

Troopers Creek camping area 39 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Small area 42km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians  and Roses Gap rds.

Cherrypool rest area 44 km

55km N of Cavendish (R) or 50km S of Horsham (L)

Just off the highway on the banks of a river. 

Kiata camping area 46 km

T/O at Kiata

Large open area 12km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Little Desert National Park.

Plantation camping area 48 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in a natural bush setting in Grampians National Park. Located 10km (unsealed) north of Halls Gap via Mt Zero Rd.

Smith Mill camping area 48 km

T/O to Halls Gap

In a natural bush setting in Grampians National Park. Located 18km north-west of Halls Gap via Nothern Grampians (Mt Victory), Lake Wartook and Old Mill rds.

Native Waterhole rest area 51 km

16km E of Nhill (R) or 22km W of Dimboola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 56 km

57km SE of Horsham (L) or 10km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway under some large trees on the edge of a lagoon.

Hynes Reservoir camping area 58 km

T/O 41km N of Cavendish (L) or 64km S of Horsham (R)

Near the reservoir 9km west of the highway via Hynes Rd.

Buandik camping area 60 km

T/O 38km N of Cavendish (L) or 67km S of Horsham (R)

Secluded bush setting 9km (unsealed) east of the highway in Grampians National Park.

Borough Huts camping area 64 km

T/O at Stawell to Halls Gap

Small area in Grampians National Park located 11km south of Halls Gap via Grampians Rd. Good facilities and shade in a natural bush setting. 

Camerons Reserve rest area 71 km

26km E of Kaniva (R) or 14km W of Nhill (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Brim camping area 73 km

At Brim

On the shores of a lake 1km off the highway via the main street of Brim.

Great Western rest area 75 km

At Great Western

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the north side of town.

Donald park area 80 km

At Donald       

Adjacent to the highway on the banks of the Richardson River.

What's on around town

Market: showgrounds on McPherson St; 2nd Sun each month.

Haven Recreation Market: 1st Sat each month.

Wimmera Machinery Field Days: Longerenong; Mar.

Art Is: community festival; Apr.

Awakenings Festival: largest Australian festival involving disabled patrons; Oct.

Spring Garden Festival: Oct.

Horsham Show: Oct.

Kannamaroo Rock 'n' Roll Festival: Nov.

Karkana Strawberry Festival: Nov.

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