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A very warm welcome to Ararat Rural City Council.

Ararat is a large regional centre 198 kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the heart of Victoria.

Strategically located at an important junction of several major highways, the city is a logical stopping off point for tourists exploring the nearby Grampians Ranges and Grampians Pyrenees wine regions.

Aside from tourism, this region is renowned for production of world-class wines, agriculture and manufacturing, which collectively fire a buoyant regional economy.

Ararat Rural City residents enjoy a strong sense of community which regularly sees the region score above the Victorian average on a range of happiness and wellbeing indicators.

Whether you’re visiting our beautiful region as a tourist, or you are planning to make your stay more permanent, you are always welcome.