Ararat is a city in south-west Victoria, Australia, about 198 kilometres west of Melbourne, on the Western Highway on the eastern slopes of the Ararat Hills and Cemetery Creek valley between Victoria’s Western District and the Wimmera. Ararat is also a former gold-mining town, situated within a rich pastoral, wine and fruit growing district between Stawell and Beaufort.
A number of elaborate and historical buildings grace the streets of the town, including the Town Hall and Shire Hall in Barkly Street, both built in the late 1800s.
Other places of historical interest include the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, the Langi Morgala Museum located in the former wool store, and J Ward, which originally served as the Ararat County Gaol until 1887 when it was then turned into an institution for the criminally insane.
A number of attractive parks and gardens are located in Ararat, including the not to be missed Alexandra Botanical Gardens which feature a large lake, colourful garden beds and a conservatory.
All the people featured in this video, including hosts Jarrod and Karina, live in the region.
Featured in this video are: The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, Jward, Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Neil Murray, Grampians Lavender Patch, Vines Cafe, Langi Ghiran Winery, Jillian Wines, Blaze Rock Retreat, Moyston Tom Wills Monument, Chalambar Golf Club and Grampians Soaring Club.
Thank you to David Nicholson for providing footage of the Lake Bolac Eel Festival.
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