Courthouse, Tourism Victoria

Population 445

Natimuk is popular for its proximity to Mount Arapiles, a 369-metre sandstone monolith that has been described as 'Victoria's Ayers Rock'. The mountain was first climbed by Major Mitchell in 1836, and today is a popular rock-climbing destination with over 2000 marked climbing routes.

Visitor Information

National Hotel, Main St; (03) 5387 1300.

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

  • Horsham

    Horsham is an important centre for the Wimmera district. Prior to European settlement, Horsham and its surrounds were occupied by the Jardwa...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

  • Nhill

    The name of this town is derived from the Aboriginal word 'nyell', meaning 'white mist on water'. Nhill is exactly halfway between Melbourne...more

In Town

Arapiles Historical Society Museum: housed in the old courthouse; open by appt; Main St.

Arapiles Craft Shop: features local arts and crafts; Main St.

The Goat Gallery: showcases works of local and regional artists; Main St.

Self-guide heritage trail: details from visitor centre.


Mt Arapiles–Tooan State Park This park is divided into 2 blocks, the larger Tooan block and the smaller Mt Arapiles block; Mt Arapiles offers rock climbing and is by far the most popular. Mitre Rock presents a smaller climbing challenge if required. Should you choose not to scale one of the various rock faces, great views are still available from the walking tracks, or you can drive to the summit. Nature study is another possibility – a huge 14 per cent of the state's flora is represented in the Mt Arapiles section alone. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; access is from the Wimmera Hwy; 12 km SW.

Banksia Hill Flower Farm: 10 km E.

Duffholme Museum: 21 km W.

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 59 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

Konong Wootong Reservoir 87 km

Coleraine in the Western District is in the heart of prime wool- growing country. The small town is famous for its chocolate factory, but less well known is the trout fishery in the picturesque 60 ha impoundment just out... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 40 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

Indigenous tours, Grampians National Park 70 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

Grampians National Park 70 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

Campsites around town

Natimuk Lake Caravan Park 3 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

Centenary Park camping area 9 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

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 24 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

Ackle Bend camping area 27 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 28 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

Toolondo Caravan Park 28 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

Kiata camping area 35 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

Stapylton camping area 45 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

Cherrypool Highway Park 46 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

Fulham Streamside Reserve camping area 47 km

A 4WD vehicle is needed to reach this camping area. The access road is signposted off the Natimuk–Hamilton Rd, just south of Kanagulk. There are no facilities to speak of, but the campground’s pleasant... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Horsham Caravan Park 23 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 24 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

Nhill Caravan Park 52 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

Big4 Grampians Parkgate Resort 67 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 68 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

Kaniva Caravan Park 75 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Lake Fyans Holiday Park 76 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 40 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

Grampians Eco YHA 67 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

Rest areas around town

Ackle Bend camping area 27 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.

Burnt Creek rest area 27 km

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

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

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.

Wail rest area 30 km

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

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

Lake Green rest area 32 km

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

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Kiata camping area 35 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.

Wimmera River rest area 36 km

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

Just off the highway near the river.

Native Waterhole rest area 43 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Stapylton camping area 44 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.

Cherrypool rest area 46 km

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

Just off the highway on the banks of a river. 

Troopers Creek camping area 53 km

T/O to Halls Gap

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

Camerons Reserve rest area 55 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Hynes Reservoir camping area 56 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.

Smith Mill camping area 59 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.

Plantation camping area 62 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.

Buandik camping area 64 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.

Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 74 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.

Borough Huts camping area 75 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. 

Brim camping area 85 km

At Brim

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

Cavendish camping area 87 km

At Cavendish

Adjacent to the recreation area on the north side of town.

Great Western rest area 92 km

At Great Western

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

South Australian Border rest area 98 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

What's on around town

Nati Frinj: biennial arts festival; Oct/Nov.

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