SUMMER is well and truly upon us and there is no better time than now to check out what the Wimmera has to offer.
The Wimmera Mail-Times asked the Horsham Visitor Information Centre’s team leader Andrea Hogan and Parks Victoria Grampians visitor and community ranger Connor Smith about the spots to hit when the weather is at its best.
Here are a list of 12 things to do in the Wimmera this summer.
1. Follow the Silo Art Trail
THE Silo Art Trail showcased the painted silos at Brim, Sheep Hills, Patchewollock, Rupanyup, Rosebery and Lascelles.
It should take about two hours to travel from one end to the other of Australia’s largest outdoor gallery.
2. Take in the region’s natural landscapes
MT ARAPILES, Pink Lake and Little Desert have one thing in common – stunning views.
Pink Lake near Dimboola was an eye-catching landmark that has made for a perfect photo while Mt Arapiles was a great picnic spot to take in the views.
Meanwhile, Little Desert National Park offered many camping spots and walking trails for people looking to get back to nature.
3. Throw in a line and see what you catch
AS the holiday season continues, many people will be wetting a line in the hope of catching something worth showing off.
There are a great selection of lakes and rivers with plenty of fish to catch including Rocklands Reservoir, Lake Fyans, Wartook or Bellfield and Taylors Lake.
4. View the art gallery’s latest exhibitions
THERE is always new exhibitions coming in and out of the Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
While viewing the newest exhibitions, wander over to the town hall to find out what performances are coming to the region.
5. Take a bike ride along the Wimmera River
HORSHAM’S Wimmera River has a great trail for bike rides and walks that incorporate the Anzac Centenary Bridge and the boardwalk near Weir Park.
6. Discover fun family activities
THERE are pump tracks, skate parks and playgrounds galore for children to enjoy.
If the hot summer weather becomes too much to handle, the Horsham Aquatic Centre, ten-pin bowling and the cinema act as perfect retreats from the scorching heat.
7. See the sunrise or sunset atop Mt William
A SUNRISE or sunset viewed on top of Mt Williams is guaranteed to be a spectacular sight of the park.
8. Taste the best of the Wimmera’s foods and wines
The Wimmera and Grampians have dozens of cafes and restaurants that people often overlook.
Not to forget, just a short drive out of Horsham towards Lower Norton there are two award-winning wineries and even more cellar doors in the Grampians.
9. Visit Zumsteins and MacKenzie Falls
MacKenzie Falls and Zumsteins offers a spectacular scenery.
People who are searching for an adventure could try the MacKenzie Falls walking circuit to see the area in one shot. Remember that MacKenzie Falls is a no swimming zone.
10. Take on the Grampians’ Pinnacle walk
THERE are a number of walking options to reach The Pinnacle, varying in distance and difficulty.
Be sure to bring plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes and be SunSmart once the best route has been decided.
11. Take a stroll in the botanic gardens
THE botanic gardens in Horsham are an ideal spot for a family picnic. There is also a playground and barbecue nearby for use.
12. Follow the Heritage and Public Art Trail in Horsham
HORSHAM has been continually producing public art that has been showcased on the art trail. The walk has been divided in two distinct precinct – the central business district trail and the gardens to Wimmera River trail.
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