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A Guide to Horsham
Horsham is a small city of just over 14,000 people on the banks of the Wimmera River in the western part of Victoria, Australia. Melbourne lies about 300 km to the south-east and Adelaide is about 430 km to the north-west.
A very liveable city
In 2003, two years after it was named Australia's Tidiest Town, Horsham was also named the fifth most liveable city in the Southern Hemisphere. Part of what makes Horsham such an agreeable place to live in is its artistic character. Actress Portia de Rossi was born here and the city encourages the development of other artists through, for instance, the Horsham Arts Council and the Wesley Performing Arts Centre. For ten days in around June the city celebrates the arts with the Art Is... Festival. In around March or April, Horsham dons its cowboy boots when, for four days, country music lovers flock to the city for the Horsham Country Music Festival. The Awakenings Festival, usually held in October, focuses on art made by people with disabilities.
Things to see and do in and around Horsham
Horsham Regional Art Gallery - If you love photography, be sure to pay a visit to the Horsham Regional Art Gallery, which specialises in photography from Australia. The collection also includes works of art from the Wimmera River region and from the rest of Australia. The exhibitions in this lovely Art Deco building change regularly.
Wimmera River - The Wimmera River cuts diagonally through the southern part of Horsham, forming a green belt in the city. Explore the sites along its banks by walking the Yanga Track, an old Aboriginal trail, or by taking the Horsham Historical River Walk. The river is also great for fishing and canoeing and you can cross a footbridge to Apex Island. On the northern bank of the river you'll find the Horsham Botanic Gardens, site of the annual Spring Garden Festival.
Wineries - The area around Horsham has some great wineries. Especially if your favourite tipple is of the red variety, you'll enjoy a day of visiting the vineyards and tasting the award-winning wines produced here. Naturally you can also stock up on the ones you like best.
Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park - About 30 km west of Horsham is Australia's rock-climbing mecca. Mount Arapiles with its many crags, cliffs and pinnacles is the focus of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. However, if you prefer to stay on solid ground, you can enjoy the park's archaeological sites and its diverse plant and animal life.
Giant Koala, Dadswells Bridge - At the small town of Dadswells Bridge, about 40 km south-east of Horsham, you'll find the Giant Koala, one of Australia's famous Big Things. Made of bronze over a steel frame, the structure weighs 12 tonnes and reaches up to a height of 14 m. There is a small zoo on the premises where you can see real koalas, which are a little smaller than their bronze cousin.
Grampians National Park - The Grampians National Park, about 100 km south of Horsham, is a popular destination for Australian holidaymakers. It has various habitats that are home to animals like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, echidnas and gliders. Birds abound too and this is a great spot for seeing emus in the wild. Go bushwalking and explore waterfalls like the MacKenzie Falls, enjoy the spectacular views from one of the lookout points or give your muscles a good workout by climbing the sandstone mountains. The park has great camping and picnic facilities.