Horsham is the largest city in Western Victoria with a vibrant shopping and dining precinct. Art and cultural events are an integral part of our city plus we have many high standard sporting facilities. Visitors can enjoy a variety of cuisines including Thai, Indian, Italian Chinese/Malaysian as well as traditional Australian meals at our fine clubs and hotels.
Cafes provide excellent lunches, coffee and sweet treats. Many are also licensed.
While in Horsham why not spend some time to enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens, designed by Sir William Guilfoyle, who laid out Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens, and stroll amongst the ancient red gums lining the Wimmera River, running through the centre of town. This is a favourite spot for rowing, kayaking and canoeing, with picnic and BBQ areas.
In normal seasons the region boasts many fine lakes and a Wimmera River system and is extremely popular with fishing, boating, swimming and water enthusiasts. Anglers are well catered for, in and around Horsham, with a large variety of fishing opportunities all year round. Species such as Brown and Rainbow Trout, Redfin, Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Catfish, Silver Perch and Yabbies are all abundant in the Wimmera’s many beautiful waterways (Taylors Lake, The Wimmera River, Lake Wartook, Tooloondo Reservoir and Rocklands Reservoir). In March the Fishing Competition draws visitors from interstate to the banks of the Wimmera River.
Visit the Horsham Aquatic Centre which comprises of the following features: Indoor heated 8 lane 25 metre pool and leisure/program pool, gymnasium and recreation hall, creche/meeting room, kiosk and outdoor cafe, family and disabled-friendly change rooms. Located adjacent to and operated in conjunction with the Olympic size outdoor pool in Hamilton Street.
Horsham is the gateway to the GrampiansThe Horsham Regional Art Gallery host some very important exhibitions from time to time and is well recognised. The Gallery has state-of-the-arts facilities and is temporalily housed in Roberts Avenue next to the Wesley Arts Peforming Center while the new town hall and art gallery complex is built around the late 1930’s Art Deco facade of the old complex.
Horsham offers a superb base for exploring a region that offers scenic bushland, mountains and waterways. Wartook Valley and the Grampians are a picturesque short drive away, and the world mecca of rock climbing, Mount Arapiles, and the somewhat bohemian town of Natimuk are even closer, worth seeing for the wildflowers and dramatic scenery. Visit the picturesque spot where the Wimmera River flood plain meets The Little Desert, near Dimboola.