Stretching along the banks of Wimmera River, Horsham is a gateway to Grampians National Park, but also has art galleries, urban gardens and musical performance venues. Boutique wineries on the edge of town complement the penchant for fine living.
Things to do in Horsham
Stroll along Wimmera River, then make your way to Horsham Botanical Gardens to view rose gardens and floral displays, picnic on the grounds and enjoy the children’s play area. Follow the northern river path to explore the scenic Lawrie Rudolph Walk and rent a canoe or boat for river fishing.
Keep an eye out for public art throughout the city, including the scar tree monument near City Gardens Estate and the Angalai Polglaze totem pole. Don't miss the vibrant pieces of art in Gallery Alley and the magnificent mural in Bradbury Lane.
Renowned galleries for Australian art and photography include Horsham Regional Gallery and the Makers Gallery. Artists at Makers Gallery create paintings as well as woodworks, patchwork quilts and jewellery. You can also enjoy musical performances at the performing arts centre inside Horsham Town Hall.
Sip and sample shiraz and sauvignons at the cellar doors for Norton Estate Wine and Barangaroo Boutique Wines, about 10 minutes’ drive away. View wildlife and windswept caverns at Grampians National Park or explore the natural landscapes in Wartook Valley. Police Paddock covers 48.5 hectares on the northern edge of town, offering wide-open spaces for cycling, walking, angling, birdwatching and camping.
Getting around Horsham
About a three-hour drive from Melbourne, Horsham is accessible via train, bus, coach or rental car. Drivers can use the Western Highway to connect to Horsham from both Melbourne and Adelaide. Taxis and regional trains offer transportation around the city.