Must See - Regional Attractions
MacKenzie Falls Walk
Located in the Grampians National Park, MacKenzie Falls is one of Victoria's largest waterfalls and flows all year round. Take an easy stroll to a viewing platform overlooking the picturesque Broken Falls or take a more vigorous route down the stairs for a close encounter with the cascading MacKenize Falls. Take care as this walk has many steps, is steep, slippery and strenuous in sections. Distance 2.8km return. The 1.9km return walk to the viewing platform is a grade 2 walk suitable for strollers, assisted wheelchair users and electric wheelchairs.
MacKenzie River / Bun-nah Trail
The Mackenzie River/Bun-nah Trail is a historic route that stretches for 10.5km between Wartook Valley and Zumsteins Picnic Area. From Zumsteins, walkers can continue on the Mackenzie River Trail for another 3.7km to Mackenzie Falls. Originally known as the ‘Back Track’, the trail closely follows the Mackenzie River, or Bun-nah as it is known by the traditional owners. Along the route there are interpretive signs that detail the area’s history and its significance to the Jadawadjali People. The trail is open to walkers and mountain bikers when conditions are dry. At times the Mackenzie River floods and the trail is impassable; in this instance it is best to access the trail at Cooinda Burrong. Download the brochure here.
Zumsteins Picnic Ground & Fish Falls
This is an area where families have gathered for 100 years surrounded by bush and native animals. Stroll along the beautiful created boardwalks and enjoy the open space and picnic area. For Fish Falls, follow the walking track from Zumsteins through the open bush along side the river. A short steep section at a terraced ledge reveals the beautiful Fish Falls that flows all year round on the MacKenzie river. Distance 2.4km return. The 250m Zumstien Historic Walk is suitable for strollers.
Follow the well marked walking track from the car park and enjoy peace and tranquility at this pretty waterfall. An undulating path leads to the base of the falls where seasonal rains fill fern lined rock pools. Best after rain. Distance 2.4km return
Proceed to the top of Mt Zero for wonderful panoramic views of the Wimmera plains and the northern end of the Mt Difficult Range. See interesting rock formations and great wildflowers in early spring to early summers. Near the top of the ridge the track becomes steeper to rock steps that lead up to the summit. Distance 2.8km return.
Hollow Mountain, Gulgurn Manja & Ngamadjidj Aboriginal Art Shelters
- The track to Hollow Mountain climbs steeply over rocky ledges and past wind scoured caverns to a rocky summit which offers amazing views over Mt. Stapylton and the Wimmera Plains. Distance 2.2kms return.
- Gulgurn Manja the track gently winds its way through Stringybark forest to a rocky shelter. the shelter means "hands of young people". Distance 1km return and is suitable for strollers.
- Unlike the other art sites found in the Grampians (Gariwerd) which have been painted with red pigment, the paintings at Ngamadjidj have been painted with white clay. Remnants of 16 figures can be seen at this site. The meaning is unknown however the remains of campfires and tools used by the Jardwadjali have been found at this site suggesting that it was a popular place to camp. This 300m loop walk is suitable for both assisted wheel chairs and strollers.
Located within Tooan State Park in Western Victoria, Mt Arapiles is a rock formation that rises above the Wimmera Plains. Drive, walk, cycle, or climb to the summit of the dramatic quartz and sandstone landmark and take in the panoramic views of the region. Mt Arapiles is widely regarded as the top rock climbing area in Australia and world renowned. The quality of the rock and the variety of the climbs makes it attractive for beginners through to experienced climbers. The Centenary park campground is the only place to camp in the park, there are picnic tables, toilets and wood barbecues for use.
Pink Lake (via Dimboola)
Heading West, just a few kilometres from Dimboola on the Western Highway, you will find Pink Lake. This lake is easily viewed from the rest-stop beside the highway and you can walk down the path to the edge of the lake.
As you walk along the path to the lake, you will see Yellow Gums, Buloke trees and Paperbarks, giving way to the smaller and very distinctive salt tolerant plants that grow in this unique environment. The pink colour of the water comes from a pigment secreted by microscopic algae. The intensity of the pink varies with the amount of water in the lake. When the lake is drier more light is reflected from the white crystallized salt reducing the impact of the pink.
In a respectful collaboration between Mount Zero Olives and Barengi Gadjin Land Council (who represent the Wimmera's traditional land owners) hand harvest a small amount of this salt each year from the lake. An analysis of this special salt shows that it is rich in calcium, magnesium, phospherous, sulphur, manganese, zinc and copper. You can purchase some and a wide range of other local produce at the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre.
Wimmera Silo Arts Trail
Experience the Silo Art Trail located in the Wimmera Mallee Region. The art trail is Australia's largest outdoor art gallery. Stretching over 200km, it links some of Victoria's smallest towns to the North of Horsham: Rupanyup, Sheep hills, Brim, Rosebury, Lascelles and Patchewollock. You will also find silos to the West at Kaniva and Goroke. Rupanyup is the closest silo to Horsham, just a 35 minute drive. Download the brochure or pick one up from the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre
The Murtoa Stick Shed
Located in Murtoa, a 25 minute drive from Horsham, you will find the iconic heritage listed Murtoa Stick Shed. More than 'just a shed' The Stick Shed has been referred by some as the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’. Due to a shortage of steel during World War II, the shed was built largely by timber. It features over 560 Mountain Ash Poles holding up the corrugated iron roof. Completed in 1942, it was built to hold the excess wheat that was a result of bumper crops, a shortage of storage facilities and no export market due to the war. To find out more, click on this link to watch Stick Shed Memories