Three major towns are
Horsham 16,500; Ararat 11,100; Stawell 6150.
The Grampians has a population of about 92,742; the Wimmera region has a population of about 55,000.
Horsham, Ararat, Stawell, Hamilton, Halls Gap, Warracknabeal
Agriculture, tourism, mining, renewable energy (windfarms)
The Grampians features striking sandstone mountains while the Wimmera is generally plains, with the Wimmera River its main feature.
Grampians and Wimmera have four distinct seasons, with hot dry summers and cool winters.
Best time to visit:
Easter for the Stawell Gift;
spring for wildflowers in the national parks
- The regions are famous for their numerous sites of natural significance including the Grampians National Park, Little Desert National Park, Pink Lake and MacKenzie Falls among others.
- Mount Arapiles, 47km west of Horsham, is a world renowned rock climbing spot.
- Halls Gap has its own zoo, the Brambuk National Park and cultural centre, the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and regular tours of the J-Ward heritage prison and Aradale, a former asylum.
- Stawell is the home of the Stawell Gift, Australia’s richest footrace run during the Easter long weekend.
- Horsham’s renovated Town Hall, reopened in January 2016, features a 500
-seat theatre and art gallery.
- AFL’s Adam Goodes and television personality Portia de Rossi grew up in the Horsham area.
- Musician Nick Cave was born at Warracknabeal.