Mt Arapiles and Natimuk
Natimuk and Mount Arapiles have become a destination for both climbers and artists and those inspired to explore their creative side.
The picturesque township of Natimuk is situated in the shadow of the world famous rock climbing mecca of Mount Arapiles. Natimuk has become a base for adventurers heading to the mount and those inspired to explore their creative side.
Historic buildings grace Natimuk's main street. Take the time to experience the heritage trail that covers a range of historical sites and buildings. The township is ever growing in popularity for its arts and cultural scene, antiques, craft shops, and restored old buildings.
Learn about the history of the local region at the museum now housed in the former courthouse. There are a number of brochures available. Call into Natimuk's local shops and see for yourself what the area has to offer.
Rising from the surrounding Wimmera Plains, Mount Arapiles, or "Djurite" is part of the Mount Arapiles - Tooan State Park located approximately 30 klms west of Horsham. The Park is a world renowned rock climbing area and features a wide diversity of Australian native plants and animals. The Mount was named by Major Thomas Mitchell back in 1826, after a hill in Spain near a famous Napoleonic battle site.
There are many ways to explore the world famous Mount Arapiles. You can drive or cycle to the summit and take in the scenic views over the wheat plains. Enjoy a relaxing picnic, or simply walk one of the numerous paths leading to the summit, across to mitre Rock and around the Park.
Mount Arapiles is home to many quality climbing routes. The area is known as one of the best rock climbing destinations in Australia.
Arapiles Big Sky Bicycle Trail
The bike trail is an off-road recreational trail linking Natimuk to Mount Arapiles, via a loop that goes through some of the highlights of the local landscape.
Riders on the bike trail will pass through reserves framed by majestic Red Gums and Buloke trees and visit salt lakes that accommodate many varieties of birdlife.