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Horsham is a lively city, centrally located in the Wimmera region, with excellent facilities for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodation.

With its vibrant community and well-kept streets, parks and river, it was declared Australia’s Tidiest Town in 2001 and has been a runner-up many times. You can enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens, designed by William Guilfoyle, who laid out Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens.

There are two excellent wineries located next door to each other with cellar doors and  located just 10 minutes drive south-west of Horsham. The Norton Estate Wines produces some of Australia’s finest boutique wines with many achieving high accolades, Their range includes Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The Barangaroo Boutique Wines offers medal winning Vermentino in the shade of the vine trellis in the warmer weather or red wines around the fire in winter.

Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Wimmera River. Parkland and ancient red gums line much of the river. There are several boat ramps and picnic areas available for use. Stroll or pedal along the scenic Lawrie Rudolph Walk as it follows the path of the river along its northern bank. The Wimmera River is also used as a favourite spot for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Visit the new Horsham Aquatic Centre. The Centre comprises the following features: indoor heated 8 lanes, 25-metre pool and leisure/program pool, gymnasium and recreation hall, creche/meeting room, kiosk and outdoor cafe, family and disabled-friendly change rooms. Located adjacent to and operated in conjunction with the Olympic size outdoor pool in Hamilton Street.

Police Paddock is another good place to walk and observe local flora and bird life. Collect maps and flyers from the Horsham Visitor Information Centre. Axis Works, originally known as The Wool Factory, is  now a unique, community-based project, staffed by people with disabilities. The organisation is currently venturing into new sustainable projects for its clients. However, at one stage the Wool Factory was producing some of the world’s finest wool.

See excellent exhibitions and the fine collection of Australian art and photography at the newly renovated Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Why not attend live musical performances at the newly constructed performing arts center known as the Horsham Town Hall it has the capacity to host large-scale and professional events with a new 500 seat theatre. The venue is also high suitable to host your next conference featuring east-facing glass foyer, raked theatre seating, flat floor hall, kitchen,bar, full box office services in-house technician and event management staff.  Smaller performances are at time held at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre developed by the community it offers that intimate space great for seminars, music and theatrical performances.

The Makers Gallery is a focus for local arts and crafts practitioners and is the only gallery in the region which has a focus on locally made art and craft items.Artists offer the visitor exciting exhibitions of art works from patchwork, quilting, jewellery, woodwork, photography, oil and water paintings.

Horsham’s beautiful 18 holes Golf Course is rated in the top 100 in Australia, with a professional shop and fine bistro. The Horsham Golf Club has a reputation as one of the best golf courses in country Victoria and is ranked in the top 50 public access golf courses in Australia.

Horsham Racecourse also has excellent facilities and an exciting racing program. In the evening take in a movie at the three screen Centre Cinema, visit a disco or enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent hotels and restaurants.

The warm dry climate is perfect for alfresco dining with a glass of fine wine from one of western Victoria’s many wineries. Accommodation in and around Horsham is available to suit all budgets, with excellent motels, hotels, B&B’s, cabins and camping grounds. Horsham offers a superb base for exploring a region that offers scenic bushland, mountains and waterways.

Wartook Valley and the Grampians are a picturesque short drive away, and the world mecca of rock climbing, Mount Arapiles, and the somewhat bohemian town of Natimuk are even closer, worth seeing for the wildflowers and dramatic scenery. Visit the picturesque spot where the Wimmera River flood plain meets The Little Desert, near Dimboola. Whatever you choose to do, you are assured a warm welcome in Horsham!

For more information contact the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre on Freecall 1800 633 218.