Discover the Region
Buangor is a small town nestled between Mount Buangor, Mount Cole and Mount Langi Ghiran 20km west of Beaufort on the bank of the Billy Billy Creek. The Buangor name is Aboriginal for ‘Pointed Hill’, a reference to Mt Buangor. The town was developed in the 1860’s as a service centre to local farms and travellers and as a Cobb & Co. staging station on the Raglan-Beaufort and Horsham runs. The Cobb & Co. Stables is now a unique function venue for all occasions.
You can enjoy a scenic drive down the old Geelong Road past the Challicum Hills Wind Farm with views of the rolling hills. Buangor is also home to two world-class wineries.
In the Buangor Cemetery lie the remains of General Sir Cyril Bingham Brudenell White, an Australian who holds a special place in our nation’s history. He was the architect behind the successful evacuation of the Allies from Gallipoli with the loss of only two lives.
A small village between Ararat and Avoca on the Pyrenees Highway, Elmhurst is situated at the centre of a diverse agricultural region on the upper reaches of the Wimmera River, bounded by the Pyrenees Ranges and the southern end of the Great Dividing Range.
Farms on the Wimmera River commonly combine cropping and livestock, producing wool, prime lambs, beef, grains, legumes and wine grapes. Elmhurst Recreation Reserve has a picturesque picnic area with an electric barbecue, playground and tables and chairs. The garden area is maintained by the Elmhurst CWA as a memorial to past members
Lake Bolac is a historic settlement some 30 minutes drive south of Ararat. An important service centre for the surrounding farms, the township is also an attraction in its own right.
Visit historic bluestone buildings, including the site of the Lake Bolac Flax Mill. Take a self-guided heritage walk through the town with the help of a free brochure available from the Information Centre. The Lake Bolac Historical Society conducts guided tours for groups.
The nearby Narrapumelap Historic Homestead and Gardens are considered one of rural Victoria’s finest examples of French Gothic Revival. it is open to the public Melbourne Cup and Easter weekends and at other times by appointment.
The Information Centre houses a display of fascinating historic photos and memorabilia. The centre includes a playground, internet facilities, Bendigo Bank branch and Medicare outlet.
Moyston is a beautiful stopping point on the main tourist road to the Grampians between Ararat and Halls Gap.
As the birthplace of AFL, it is no wonder that Moyston’s Longest Kick competition is such a highlight of the Easter Market, with contestants travelling great distances to showcase their kicking skills.
The monument to Tom Wills stands opposite the entrance to the Recreation Reserve were visitors can kick a football on the grounds of the MCG (Moyston Cricket Ground) where it all started.
The discovery of gold in 1857 started a gold rush and the establishment of the Moyston township with the population peaking at around 30,000.
Moyston is now a tiny town with a huge heart with a range of community dinners and events creating a warm and vibrant community.
The Moyston General Store and Café provides a unique culinary experience and a lovely welcoming atmosphere, where the history of Moyston is literally written on the floor. Wine lovers also know Moyston for its quality red wine which can be enjoyed on a huge alfresco area.
A picturesque village in close proximity to Lake Fyans and below Mt Cassell, Pomonal is a 36 kilometre drive north-west of Ararat.
Pomonal’s hallmark is it’s spectacular variety of wildflowers. Pomonal’s Native Flower Show is held annually in Spring. The show features flowers originating from all over Australia, from the spectacular to the small and pretty. Over 400 named species are displayed and all flowers are picked from members’ gardens. See a huge range of grevilleas and hakeas, eucalypts, darwineas and waratahs.
The Pomonal Tunnel Walking track starts at the Pomonal Hall on the Ararat Road. Further down the road is the Halls Gap Zoo open daily 10am-5pm, Halls Gap Estate, Pomonal Estate and a number of other attractions.
The Pomonal Village Market is held on the last Sunday of each month. A host of stallholders sell products such as plants, biscuits and cakes, books, woollen goods, hand painted china, handmade jewellery, photography and much more.
Farming families moved into this district after the Nerrin Nerrin land sales of 1903. Wheat and wool were to become the primary products of the western plains area and in August 1913, the rail line between Geelong and Maroona brought new prosperity to the district.
Fireworld, CFA Museum and Discovery Centre are located on the Glenelg Highway in Streatham. There is also a Public Hall, Community Centre, Infant Welfare Centre and nine-hole golf course.
The annual Streatham Vintage Rally and Family Day is a fabulous day out for the whole family, it includes an exhibition of vintage cars and trucks and machinery displays.
Warrak/Mt Cole is set in a beautiful valley, with a mountain backdrop and offers the feeling of peace in a quiet country atmosphere. This predominantly agricultural community offers visitors all of this and more.
Back in the 1860’s several sawmills supplied timber to the Goldfields of Ballarat and also other new settlements in Victoria.
Warrak/Mt Cole’s proximity to other places of interest link this small part of paradise to the outside world. A scenic route from Buangor through to Warrak and then to Ararat is a favourite for wine and nature lovers with two stunning wineries and amazing views of surrounding rolling hills and the Ararat Wind Farm.
This friendly little township is located 34 kilometres south of Ararat on the eastern slopes of the Grampians National Park. It is supported by the local farming industry, which is mainly involved in wool, fat lambs and cropping.
Willaura has a mixture of local businesses, including farm supplies, opportunity shop, supermarket (stocking local and regional wine), newsagent/post office, Bendigo Community Bank, bakery, chemist and a candle shop.
It also offers a Recreation Reserve with room to camp, kick a footy, walk the dog, and fly a kite. An outdoor pool (Dec-March), tennis courts, playground, shady trees and free BBQs make this reserve a haven in all seasons.
A one kilometre walking track nearby takes visitors around one of the district’s intriguing lignum swamps, and information panels along the way give an insight into the town’s history and unique environmental features.
The Railway Historical Precinct also provides a fascinating glimpse into Willaura’s past along with the Willaura Modern gallery.