Econo Lodge Statesman Ararat
79 Lambert Street
Ararat, VI 3377
Phone: (61) 3 53524111
Fax: (61) 3 53524125
The Grampians are an ancient mountain range, rich in Aboriginal and geological history. Here you will find one of the state's most beautiful national parks and a wine region steeped in history. Born in Victoria's gold rush era in the 1850's, the district specializes in fabulous sparkling wine, as well as highly regarded table wines. Grampians Estate Great Western Wine Centre produces traditional Sparkling Pinot, Grenache, Riesling, Shiraz and Sparkling Burgundy. The sparkling red is outstanding. Barbeque facilities and a picnic area are available for the use of visitors. The vineyard was previously known as Garden Gully Cellar Door and Vineyard, but was taken over by the Grampians Estate Wines.
Wine, mountains, and art. What more could you ask for? How about a barbecue, picnic grounds, and playground? Even better. Under the backdrop of the Mount William ranges in the Grampians and less than 5kms from Halls Gap, this estate features Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling wines, along with a selected range of Mount Langi Ghiran wines. Brilliantly located to take advantage of ideal climate and soils for superb wine production, the original vines were planted here over 140 years ago, with existing vines being over 40 years old. Local artists' works are featured in the gallery, and the vineyard is the perfect picturesque place for a picnic.
In the heart of Halls Gap and Grampians National Park, this fully aboriginal owned and operated cultural center is a hub of information. Interactive displays teach visitors about the park's natural and cultural landscape. The award-winning Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre should not be missed and will entertain the whole family. Talk to a park ranger about camping, hiking, or driving through the park. Or connect with an aboriginal staff member for Rock Art tours, Aboriginal dancing, Boomerang throwing, Didjeridoo playing, guided walks, and Bush Food tasting at the adjacent cafe. Educational programs are available and school groups are welcome. The facilities also accommodate conferences, seminars and meetings with full services provided. Before you go, check out the gift and book shop for some unique souvenirs. Admission is free.