Kannamaroo 30th Anniversary Festival

The Annual Kannamaroo Festival is in November. The popular street carnival is held in the centre of Horsham.
keep an eye on updates.
 
Lake Bolac Eel Festival Information

Lake Bolac is found in the south-west of Victoria and every autumn plays host to The Lake Bolac Eel Festival.
The theme is of Art and Music draws it inspiration from the traditional meeting place of indeginous people before white settlement.
 
Wartook Valley Festival

September 4-6.
Celebrate the first weekend in spring with The Grampians - Classics in Wartook Valley Festival. Discover, experience and enjoy classical music, local produce and wine, vintage cars and working artists, all nestled amongst native bushland at the food of the Grampians National Park.

 
Grampians Petanque Club
The Grampians Petanque Club plays host to a doubles tournament in Halls Gap on September 12.
Visit Halls Gap for a great day of Petanque and friendship. The tournament begins at 10am at Halls Gap oval which has bar facilities and food to ensure a fantastic social day of Petanque.
 
Halls Gap Film Festival

When: Fri 6th Nov to Sun 8th Nov 2009

The Halls Gap Film Festival is held yearly on the first weekend in November.
Films shown are a mix of Australian and foreign films. The films are the very latest releases and in some cases Australian Premieres.
 
Hamilton Sheepvention

Where:  Hamilton Showgrounds Horner St
Phone:  03 55722563

This is an important agricultural field day promoting the sheep, wool and rural industries. It features a sheep show, ram sale, yard dog competition, Alpaca show, machinery, general information, clothing and craft plus fashion and the Young Designers Award.
 
Mallee Machinery Field Days

Where:  Torpey's Farm Sunraysia Hwy
Phone:  03 50824304

Display of agricultural machinery and equipment and other agricultural related concepts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grampians National Park information for tourists and sightseeing.

A map showing the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia
The Grampians is Victoria's largest National Park and one of Victoria's most popular tourist destinations and camping retreats. Covering 1000 square kilometres and comprises of outstanding landforms, with unique flora, dense rainforests, unsurpassed mountain peaks, sparkling waterfalls and superb lookouts.

Mount Arapiles is a site previously inhabited by local Aboriginals and is abundant with Aboriginal rock art sites. There are well over 50 walking tracks catering for everything from the casual stroll to the overnight trek.

An Awesome photo of Mount Arapiles in the Grampians National Park
An Awesome photo of Mount Arapiles in the Grampians National Park


Mt Arapiles
The Grampians National Park contain three main ranges, with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. The area also has one of the largest waterfalls in the State.

The lakes of the Grampian's National Park are a fisherman's haven (with redfin, rainbow trout and blackfish) and the forests are home to a variety of Australian wildlife including koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, emus and many native birds.

Looking out over the Grampians National Park.
Looking out over the Grampians National Park.


What a view !!
Australian wildlife found in the Grampians include koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, emus and many native birds.

Over a thousand different species of plants are found in the Grampians National Park, including almost 100 varieties of orchids.

Twenty of these species are found nowhere else in the world.

The Grampians at Dusk
The Grampians seen in the distance at dusk


The Grampians at Dusk
Adjacent to Lake Bellfield is Halls Gap - 'The Heart of the Grampians'. Halls Gap is easily accessible.

From the centre of Halls Gap are walking tracks to Clematis Falls, Venus Baths, Mackey's Peak and The Pinnacle, the view from these points is breathtaking.

Nearby are plenty of attractions for the tourist to the area... The caves at Mount Napier and the rock climbing at Mount Ariples-Tooan \ State Park.

The 365 metres of sandstone cliffs are visited by interstate or international climbers and are have a high reputation in the world for being a place to visit.

There are many places for the sightseer and tourist to vist and The Grampians are well known for their flower shows.

A must for the motor enthusiast in the 'One Tree Hill Climb' at Ararat and the event is held on Sat 28th and Sun 29th November.

A great view of the Grampians in the distance
A great view of the Grampians in the distance
The Jaws of Death a favourite tourist spot in the Grampians National Park
The Jaws of Death a favourite tourist spot in the Grampians National Park


Mackenzies Falls a very popular tourist spot in the Grampians National Park
Mackenzies Falls a very popular tourist spot in the Grampians National Park
Another sensational photo of the countryside in the Grampians National Park
Another sensational photo of the countryside in the Grampians National Park


One of the many bush tracks in the Grampians National Park
One of the many bush tracks in the Grampians National Park
A great view of the rugged countryside behind the Pinnacle
A great view of the rugged countryside behind the Pinnacle


A great photo of MacKenzies Falls in the Grampians National Park
A great photo of MacKenzies Falls in the Grampians National Park
A magic sunset in the Grampians National Park
A magic sunset in the Grampians National Park


A great view of the Fortress in the Grampians
A great view of the Fortress in the Grampians
One of the many walks that tourists take through the rocky terrain
One of the many walks that tourists take through the rocky terrain


The rocky walk on the way to the Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park.
The rocky walk on the way to the Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park.
The rocky country on the Pinnacle walk in the Grampians National Park
The rocky country on the Pinnacle walk in the Grampians National Park


Mount William in the Grampians National Park
Mount William in the Grampians National Park
Lake Belfield in the Grampians National Park a very popular place for fishing and a family picnic on the shores
Lake Belfield in the Grampians National Park a very popular place for fishing and a family picnic on the shores


Lake Belfield in the distance from the Pinnacle a very popular walk.
Lake Belfield in the distance from the Pinnacle a very popular walk.
Looking through the Jaws of Death in the Grampians National Park
Looking through the Jaws of Death in the Grampians National Park
Places of Interest in The Grampians

* National Park Visitor Centre and Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre.
    Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Halls Gap is made up of five communities in the western part of Victoria, Australia. It is the gathering place which keeps custodianship over the magnificent rock art sites in the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.
* Wool Factory for tours about the wool industry and ultra fine Merino wool including an art gallery with some popular Australian artists displaying their works.

* Mount Arapiles, West from Horsham, a rock climber's heaven with over 2000 climbs for all skill levels.

* Dimboola, gateway to the Little Desert National Park offers brilliant flora and several great bush walks.



General Information

The banks of the Wimmera River have been improved over the years to beautify and make them safe for tourists and fishermen alike.
There are ample picnic spots and good facilities for the family outing.


The Grampians National Park is the perfect spot for the family outing.

Horse riding in the Grampians

The foothill of the Grampians National Park are the perfect backdrop for horse riding.

The Grampians Horse Riding Centre is set on the Grelco Run Estate with 11,000 acres of farmland and forest to explore and while riding through one of the many trails one is able to see live animals and see the wonderful Australian landscape up close.


     
     
     
Horsham Spring Orchid Show

Venue:
 Horsham College Hall, Wilson St
The Stawell Orchid Society meets regularly to admire and appreciate the beauty of the magnificent flowers. New members and visitors are welcome. The Stawell Orchid Society is considered to be the largest, most active orchid society in country Victoria.

Stawell Orchid Society Spring Show 2015
27th Sept Stawell Entertainment Centre, Main Street Stawell - Friday
29th Sept 9.30 am - 5.00 pm - Saturday
Stawell Orchid Society Summer Show 2015
2nd November - 9.00 am - 5.00.pm - Saturday
3rd November - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm - Sunday
Centenary Hall, Main Street, Halls Gap.

Horsham Spring Orchid Show is one of the biggest on the shows calendar of the Australian Orchid Council and Orchid Societies Council of Victoria.

The show is part of the Horsham Awakenings Festival - the only regional festival in Australia to feature the skills of people with a handicap.
 
Trash N Treasure Market in Stawell

Where:  Sloan St, Stawell
Phone:  0428582458

A Trash and Treasure fundraiser market for the Stawell Victorian State Emergency Service unit.
Held on the first Sunday of each month with the exception of April as there is an Easter market on both the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend.
 
Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Mount Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains to form part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. The park includes Mitre Rock, adjacent to Mount Arapiles and the Tooan block.

With more than 2,000 climbs, Mount Arapiles is one of the most popular destinations of rock climbers in Australia and can boast the highest quality climbing in the country.

The quality of rock climbing is so high it is recogised world wide.
 
Rocklands Reservoir and Black Range State Park

The Grampians National Parks, Rocklands Reservoir is a major local attraction.
It is usually a good spot for boating, waterskiing, sailing, swimming and fishing.
Black Range State Park is abundant with masses of wildflowers, Aboriginal rock art, colourful bluffs and awesome views. There are ample walking tracks and picnic areas for the family outing or the visiting tourists.
 
Grampians Wildflower Show

Celebrating the beauty and diversity of the Grampians, one of Victoria s biggest and most botanically interesting national parks. A 4-day exhibition of the unique local wildflowers displayed to highlight the diverse plant communities of the Grampians.

Plants from heathland, woodland and wetland areas grouped according to their habitat to provide information about plant identification, botanical names and where to see the plants in the park.

In addition to the display of spring flowers, there will be photographic displays of plants that flower in the Grampians at other times of the year. Other features of the show are exhibits highlighting conservation issues, children s activities and daily bus tours with expert guides to see wildflowers, particularly orchids, in the bush around Halls Gap.