Since: Oct 10

Mumbai, India

#1 Oct 20, 2010
Ararat is the only Australian town to have been founded by the Chinese who flocked to Victoria during the gold rush, and it retains the impressive architecture of the era. Known as "The Orchid City", leave time to view the beautiful orchids and taste fine wines from local vineyards.

Explore Ararat's gold heritage with a stroll through the town, past impressive gold rush era buildings, some of which have been recognised by the National Trust. You can find out more about Araratís unique past with a visit to the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and the Langi Morgala Museum.

Thereís plenty to occupy you in town: Wander through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, which feature the famous orchid glasshouse, or view unusual exhibits of fibre and textile art at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery. For something unusual, Inspect J Ward, formerly Victoriaís asylum for the criminally insane.

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