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About the Region


Horsham Rural City situated in the Wimmera Region is located mid-way between Melbourne and Adelaide on the main rail and road networks linking Victoria and South Australia.

Horsham is 301 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and is a 3.5 hour drive. Travel by car via the Henty, Glenelg or Western Highways. Coach services are available daily from Melbourne.

The region relies heavily on dryland cropping, a major industry in the Wimmera. 

Horsham city boasts many fine cafes, restaurants and hotel bistros. Horsham shopping centre and the Horsham Plaza provide a variety of retail outlets with something for everyone, from boutiques, antique and giftware stores to multi-national chain stores.

The Wimmera region boasts a low crime rate that offers a safe and secure environment to raise your family. 

To the east of Horsham (approximately one hour drive) is the Grampians National Park. This is where you can discover spectacular waterfalls and rock formations, native fauna such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidnas, reptiles and more. Flora such as banksias, orchids, thryptomene, heaths and ferns provide nectar for the many species of birdlife that inhabit the Grampians.  The aboriginal culture is evident throughout the Grampians. Rock Art sites are a pictorial record of the area's traditional landowners. 

A must for all visitors to Horsham Rural City is a trip to Mount Arapiles in the Tooan State Park , where climbers from around the world visit the mountain which has several thousand climbs, some of which are the most difficult in the world. This area is the home and playground of world renowned mountaineers and adventurers Brigitte and Jon Muir.

Horsham Rural City is the perfect base for bushwalking, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, angling, four wheel driving, hunting, golfing, cycling and horse riding. 

The Horsham Golf Club is located just seven kilometres from the town's centre, is recognised by many as the best course outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.

There are numerous wineries scattered throughout the region. The area is renowned for its dynamic arts community with numerous galleries, festivals and live performances held throughout the year. A range of sporting facilities are also on offer including a state of the art aquatic centre, velodrome, stadiums, football, netball and tennis clubs and much more. 

An excellent range of quality and accredited child care services and schools (both public and private) are also available and for those wishing to undertake further studies, the University of Ballarat has a campus in Horsham.  For further information on what to do and where to go visit. Horsham Visitors Information website