Mt Arapiles and Natimuk
To the West of Horsham we find the picturesque township of Natimuk and 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.
The history and heritage buildings of Natimuk by following the heritage trail and map . Take home some homemade nut loaf or a handmade scarf from the Arts and Craft Centre or find a unique furniture piece in the antique shop. Spend a lazy afternoon at the Verj with friends baking pizzas in the stone pizza oven whilst the kids burn energy off at the playground and skate park. Interact with the whimsical sculptures made from recycled farm machinery.
More history of the region at the Natimuk Museum, formerly the old court house. Wander around town discovering the variety of artwork and sculptures through the town. Enjoy a cold beer, a pub meal and chat to the locals at the Nati Pub after a day of exploring.
Some unique artwork at the Natimuk Goat Gallery, a privately owned art gallery showcasing local and regional artists. Delight yourself with the quirky side of Natimuk and visit during the Nati Frinj Festival, A biennial arts festival held at the end of October with visual performances and arts events. Wander through the Natimuk Farmers Market Plus , (held on the long weekend Sundays) and find some delicious local produce or a one of a kind gift for someone.
Hear from one of our host with the most, Bill Lovell of the Nati Pub explain what's great about our region.
Rising from the surrounding Wimmera Plains, Mount Arapiles, or "Djurite" is part of the Mount Arapiles - Tooan State Park located approximately 30 kms 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.
Drive, walk or ride to the summit, enjoy a picnic and the sweeping views over the wheat plains from the top of Mt Arapiles.
Your new found interest in rock climbing - book in with an instructor and enjoy the 'Rock' from a different perspective!
Arapiles Big Sky Bicycle Trail
The bike trail is a 33km 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.
Click on the brochure to download a copy of the map