Goldfields - Ararat & Avoca


Ararat & Avoca

For lovers of nature and wildlife with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, this tour of the western edge of the Great Diving Range is not to be missed. Natural diversity is a feature of the western ranges, which can be experienced in the State Parks.

The rocky granite peaks of Mount Langi Ghiran State Park create an imposing presence from the surrounding plains east of Ararat. Named after the local Aboriginal term for "Yellow-tailed Black cockatoo", these birds can be seen flying through the wooded slopes of the park.

Mount Buangor State Park offers a forest paradise, walk through cool fern gullies, to seasonal waterfalls and mountain plateaus to take in views across the plains.

The Pyrenees Ranges offer a wonderful mix of natural and cultural history, spectacular views rugged mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, and a rich mix of wildflowers Eastern grey kangaroo's, black wallabies, echidna's and variety of birds can be seen in the parks.

Ararat & Western Ranges Discovery Tour


This tour is for those of us who love natural wildlife and nature, with just a hint of wine tasting and gold rush heritage.

On the way to the western edge of the Great Diving Range, we stop at Lake Burrumbeet, one of the larger lakes in the region, the learn abut its fiery volcanic past.

We enter Mt Buangor State Park, and discover a hidden gem of a forest paradise as you walk along the Ferntree walking track, vistas of the surrounding plains appear through the towering forest open to you, gullies full of cool ferns, maybe a sighting of a black wallaby bounding through the undergrowth, before stopping at the Ferntree waterfall.

As we travel through the Langi Ghiran State Park, named after the black cockatoos of the area, we walk along the Lar-ne-Jeering track which leads to an aboriginal shelter displaying rock art unique to the area of the Djab Wurrung people. We also visit the reservoir make from locally hewn granite blocks in the 1880's.

Stopping in Ararat, we visit Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, one of the few examples of a traditional Chinese pagoda building in Australia. We stop at One Tree Hill for spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and plains.

We discover the Pyrenees ranges - a mix of natural and cultural history, wonderful views of the vineyards below, abundant wildlife, rich mix of wildflowers, and historic sites. Avoca is the heart of the Pyrenees wine region, and here we taste what the area is famous for Shiraz. A visit to a Grampians regions winery is also included.


  • Ararat / Avoca gold rush heritage streetscapes
  • Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre - Chinese gold history
  • Western ranges consisting of;
  • Langi Ghiran State Park - Aboriginal culture / 1880's reservoir /Wild nature
  • Pyrenees Ranges - Lookouts / Wild nature
  • Mt Buangor State Park - Waterfalls & cool fern gullies / Wild nature
  • Beaufort - Gold rush town / Morning tea
  • Pyrenees & Grampians region wineries - wine tastings

Prices and Departures

Adult $179 per person

Child $73 per child (6-15yrs)

Departs 8am

Morning tea included / Lunch is not included
Pickup/Drop off – Ballarat / Creswick / Ararat / Avoca accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup/Drop off – Ballarat Railway Station
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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