Warracknabeal Rodeo, Tourism Victoria

Population 2491

The town's Aboriginal name means 'the place of the big red gums shading the watercourse', a name that is both beautifully descriptive and accurate, especially for the part of town around Yarriambiack Creek. Warracknabeal is a major service town at the centre of a wheat-growing district.

Visitor Information

119 Scott St; (03) 5398 1632


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

  • Jeparit

    This little town in the Wimmera is 5 kilometres south-east of Lake Hindmarsh, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria...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

  • Horsham

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

In Town

Historical Centre: includes a pharmaceutical collection, clocks, and antique furnishings of child's nursery; open afternoons; Scott St.

Black Arrow Tour: a self-guide driving tour of historic buildings.

Walks: including the Yarriambiack Creek Walk; details from visitor centre.

National Trust–classified buildings: include the post office, the Warracknabeal Hotel and the original log-built town lock-up.

Lions Park: by the pleasant Yarriambiack Creek with picnic spots and a flora and fauna park; Craig Ave.


North Western Agricultural Machinery Museum: displays of farm machinery from the last 100 years; Henty Hwy; 3 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Dimboola 40 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 83 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

Campsites around town

Picnic Point Beach camping ground 42 km

Picnic Point Beach, which lies just north of where the Wimmera River empties into Lake Hindmarsh, is a good place for some solitude. From the Nhill–Jeparit Rd, detour onto unsealed Lake Rd, which runs up along the... Find out more

Horseshoe Bend camping area 43 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

Ackle Bend camping area 43 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

Four Mile Beach camping ground 43 km

Four Mile Beach has more facilities than any of the other campsites around Lake Hindmarsh, including powered sites and a kiosk selling basic foodstuffs; the trade-off is that this is the only place in the reserve where... Find out more

Schulzes Beach camping area 53 km

This campground is located on the western shore of Lake Hindmarsh, where it has some impressive river red gums for company. South of here, at Antwerp on the road to Dimboola, you’ll find what’s left of the... Find out more

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 57 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

The Wattles camping area 58 km

After skirting the western edge of Lake Hindmarsh, the Nhill–Rainbow Rd crosses over Outlet Creek, heading east. It’s here, at the northern foreshore of the lake, that you’ll find the track leading down... Find out more

Kiata camping area 58 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

Williamsons Beach camping area 59 km

Just off the Nhill–Rainbow Rd, at the northern tip of Lake Hindmarsh, is this serene campground. Note the lack of facilities here, and that the access road is sometimes inaccessible after rain; check before you... Find out more

Yaapeet Beach camping area 64 km

On the eastern shore of Lake Albacutya, accessible from either Rainbow township or the nearby community of Yaapeet, is the Yaapeet Beach camping area. Water is only sometimes available here, so it’s best to bring... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Horsham Caravan Park 55 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 57 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 68 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Little Desert Nature Lodge, Nhill 69 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

Brim camping area 20 km

At Brim

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

Wail rest area 38 km

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

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

Wimmera River rest area 41 km

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

Just off the highway near the river.

Horseshoe Bend camping area 42 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.

Lake Watchem camping area 43 km

T/O 20km S of Birchip (R) or 34km N of Donald (L)

On the edge of the lake 1km west of Watchem. 

Ackle Bend camping area 43 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.

Native Waterhole rest area 53 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Donald park area 54 km

At Donald       

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

Birchip park area 55 km

At Birchip

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Kiata camping area 58 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.

Burnt Creek rest area 58 km

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

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Hopetoun camping area 59 km

At Hopetoun

On the shores of Lake Lascelles. Donations accepted.

Lake Green rest area 60 km

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

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Yaapeet Beach Camp Area 64 km

T/O to Yaapeet

On the shore of the (dry) lake 3 kilometres (unsealed) west of Yaapeet via Kenmare Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Western Beach Camp Area 67 km

T/O to Rainbow

On the shore of the (dry) lake 17 kilometres northwest of Rainbow via Hopetoun Road and Albacutya Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Wooroonook Lake camping area 72 km

T/O at Charlton

On the shores of the lake 14km west of Charlton via Borung Hwy.  

Stapylton camping area 74 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.

Wycheproof park area 77 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Wonga Camp Area 80 km

T/O to Yaapeet

In an open bush setting 27 kilometres (part unsealed) north of Yaapeet via Park Road in Wyperfeld National Park.

Camerons Reserve rest area 81 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Green Lake camping area 84 km

T/O at Sea Lake (R) or Berriwillock (L)

On the shores of the lake 10km south of Sea Lake or north-west of Berriwillock. Some powered sites available.

Troopers Creek camping area 85 km

T/O to Halls Gap

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

Teddywaddy rest area 87 km

23km SE of Wycheproof (L) or 9km N of Charlton (R)

Just off the highway among a few shady trees.

Berriwillock park area 87 km

At Berriwillock

Opposite the hotel on the service road through town.

Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 88 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.

What's on around town

Y-Fest: golf, horseracing, machinery and country music; Easter.

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