EXPLORE the beautiful town of Natimuk, rich in history and with a landscape ideal for elite rock climbers, the area serves as a perfect daytrip or weekend getaway for anyone up to the challenge.
Located between Horsham and Edenhope in the Wimmera agricultural region of western Victoria, Natimuk is renowned for its cultural history with several heritage buildings still lining Natimuk's main street offering a tangible legacy to its prosperous past, including the court house which was built in 1890.
Enjoy a day out by the Natimuk Creek which meanders through the town along the northern side of the Wimmera Highway, and it is lined with parkland that includes walking tracks, a playground and picnic shelters.
Follow Lake Road and Natimuk Creek 4km north of the town centre to Lake Natimuk where there is a caravan park at the lake's southern end with a fishing jetty, more yabbies than fish the locals say.
Further northwards along the lake foreshore is a barbecue shelter, boat ramp and scenic spots where views across the lake and towards Mount Arapiles can be enjoyed.
One of Natimuk's primary attractions is Mount Arapiles, a sacred Indigenous site which has become very popular with the abseiling and rock climbing community and attracts thousands of enthusiasts annually.
Natimuk's National Hotel licensee Bill Lovel said climbers from beyond the region comprised close to half his customer base.
"Most people stay in our accommodation for three-to-four days, while climbers from New Zealand will stay for two weeks," he said.