Living & Working

We welcome you to Ararat Rural City!

Located at the foothills of the Grampians and surrounded by picturesque mountains and grazing country, Ararat Rural City is the centrepiece in a region of tranquil and inspiring natural attractions, including the Grampians National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor, Ararat Hills Regional Park, Lake Fyans and the Pyrenees Ranges.

Situated 200 km west of Melbourne on the Western Highway, Ararat is a major regional service centre in Victoria’s mid-west with direct road and rail linkages to Melbourne, Ballarat and Adelaide. The city is characterised by huge horizons, spectacular mountain scapes and a vibrant sense of community health and wellbeing.

Ararat is the largest city in the region with a population of approximately 9,000. Originally founded by the Chinese in 1857 en-route to the Ballarat Goldfields from Robe in South Australia, they knew they’d struck gold in more ways than one when they arrived! The Gum Sam Chinese Heritage Centre, designed in the traditional style of southern Chinese architecture, celebrates Ararat’s Chinese heritage.

Fast forward to today and the untold wealth of such a vibrant and picturesque region is waiting for you to make it your home. Enjoy the world class wineries and burgeoning café scene of the region.

Other population centres include the rural towns of Willaura, Lake Bolac, Moyston, Pomonal, Buangor and Elmhurst. Ararat is the principal service centre containing the widest range and highest level of retail, commercial, community and recreational facilitates and services in the region.

Liveability at its best!

With a median house price of just $220,000 you are certainly going to get more bang for your buck in our region! With just two sets of traffic lights you won’t be stuck in peak hour traffic for more than a few minutes either! The reality of walking to and from work is no longer a pipedream and with more disposable income in your pocket, you and your family will be able to enjoy more time together for entertainment at the Cinema, attending shows at the Performing Arts Centre  and experiencing the great outdoors. You can get involved in local sporting activities all year round with a multitude of sports and leisure activities on offer at the Ararat Fitness Centre. Join a local Football or Netball Club or jump on your bike and enjoy the huge range of walking and biking tracks that traverse our beautiful rural city.

Perfectly positioned and surrounded by boutiques wineries, rolling hills and spectacular vistas, Ararat has clean air and room to grow whether it be a town block, one of the many retirement/lifestyle villages or rural acreage. If it’s growing veggies in the back yard or raising a few head of cattle or riding horses, this is outdoor living at its best.

The region’s magnificent natural environment attracts both thrill-seeking adventurers and those in desire of peace and tranquility, and many others in between! From the peaks and valleys of the Grampians ranges to the peaceful stillness of large inland lakes, the region provides abundant opportunities to engage directly with the natural environment. Whether your preferred method of engagement is rock climbing, hiking, kayaking or simply sitting beside a rock pool, the options for getting back to nature are virtually limitless. The region’s relaxed and safe lifestyle are a major drawcard for young families and retirees alike.