Ararat Hotel & Accommodation

Stay in Ararat and explore the former gold-mining town, just an hour from Ballarat and the stunning Grampians region. Although it's got a similar name, Ararat sheds light on the gold rush history in a completely new way. Founded by the Chinese who flocked to Victoria in 1857, there's still plenty of traces of Victoria's gold rush history as it was developed by migrants from Asia.

Ararat is home to a number of cozy motel rooms, lodges and self contained stays, perfect for a short term or more lengthy trip. Whether you're planning to spend your time mostly in the town, head to the nearby Ballarat, or stop by a much larger regional road trip, Ararat is a fantastic base for further travel on a trip through regional New South Wales.

With a number of attractive parks and gardens, there's plenty to see and do in Ararat, even if that includes sitting back in some of the state's most serene manicured natural settings.

Aradale Mental Hospital is one of the town's most prominent attractions, seeping in history and occasionally ghost tours. As Australia's largest lunatic asylum, Aradale saw some of the world's most controversial experiments and psychiatric treatments in Australia.

One Tree Hill Lookout is another great spot, and the excellent panoramic views from the top make it well worth the climb.

The town is also home to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery, making it a great place to immerse yourself in the work and burgeoning talent of local artisans in regional south-west Victoria.

Looking to explore Victoria's gold-mining history all while soaking up some of the state's most stunning regional scenery and landscapes? Book yourself a room in Ararat and explore the rugged Grampians National Park which is only a short drive away.