Located north of Ararat, and approximately 200kms west of Melbourne, Ararat Hills Park offers a perfect getaway for outdoor lovers.
Covering an expansive area of about 2,400 acres, the park offers stunning views of the surrounding areas including Mount Cole Plateau and Mount Langi Girhan.
Ararat Hills Park Map – Regional Park, Grampians Victoria
The diversity of flora and fauna within the park is certainly a delight for nature-lovers as there are more than 200 species present within the park, with a majority of these plants being native to Ararat. Flowered orchids are also an attraction at the park as their vibrant colours make the park an amazingly scenic place to spend some time.
Wildlife also makes up a significant part of Ararat Hills Park. Visitors can often catch a glimpse of grey kangaroos, echidnas and wallabies. Those who fancy an evening tour of the park may see sugar gliders and brush-tailed possums, animals which prefer to forage through the park at dusk and into the night.
The park also has an excellent walking track which stretches for about a kilometre beginning at The Bridal Hill picnic site. Visitors in groups will find walking to be very invigorating, particularly because the trail meanders close to the Cradle Dam. The option of picnicking on location is also a fun way to enjoy the fresh air and engage in group games.
Note that some park tracks are steep and unsuitable two-wheel-drive vehicles. Other tracks may become slippery in wet weather, however the parks can be explored by cycling or by foot as there are an extensive network of tracks.
Ararat Hills Park is easily accessible from Petticoat Gully Road off the Western Highway and offers a day full of fun and relaxation.
Dogs are permitted in Ararat Hill Park, but must be on a leash at all times.