Horsham is a lively city, centrally located on the Wimmera River and nestled next to the Grampians National Park and the famous Mount Arapiles. It offers excellent opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodation.
Visitors often comment on our welcoming, friendly attitude and relaxed lifestyle. Horsham rests 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and 430 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. With a population of approximately 16,000 people, the municipality is the retail, business and service centre of the Wimmera and surrounding districts.
Horsham is the capital of the region and hosts a range of quality major events from sport to cultural interests. The Horsham golf course is known as country Victoria’s best, as awarded from the pro-am circuit.
The region is the site of many fine lakes and a Wimmera River system and in normal seasons is extremely popular with fishing, boating, swimming and water enthusiasts.
With its vibrant community and well kept streets, parks and river, it was declared Australia’s Tidiest Town in 2001, and has been a runner up many times. In 2003, it was named the fifth most livable city in the Southern Hemisphere.
Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Wimmera River. Parkland and ancient red gums line much of the river, there are several boat ramps and picnic areas available. Stroll or pedal along the many tracks as it follows the path along the river banks. Down stream of the weir in Horsham West is a wonderful wetlands area with tranquil walking tracks. The Wimmera River is also used as a favourite spot for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Horsham is situated on Wimmera River and surrounded by agricultural land. The river forms a green belt through the city. The urban area occupies approximately 14 square kilometres of land to the north and south of the river.
Firebrace Street is the heart of the city’s Central Business District (CBD).
Horsham does not have suburbs, however the settlement of Haven 5 kilometres to the south is a sought after area for people wanting to live on small acres / hobby farms.
The Wesley Performing Arts Centre is the city's main performing arts venue located in the 1912 former Wesley Church. The Horsham Arts Council oversees theatre and performing arts productions. The Horsham Regional Art Gallery is the city's major civic gallery and is located in an old timber hall. A new Horsham Performing Arts Centre is under construction and due for completion in 2014.
Festivals include the annual Horsham Country Music Festival, Art is...Festival, Spring Garden Festival as well as the biennial Nati Frinj Festival.
You can enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens, located by the Wimmera River, designed by Guilfoyle, who laid out Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens.
Sport and fitness are well-supported in Horsham. There are various well-equipped gyms, a large indoor stadium with facilities for netball, basketball and other indoor sports.There is an Aquatic centre with a 25-metre heated pool and outdoor pool and gym facility.
There are two football and netball leagues based around Horsham - the Wimmera Football & Netball League and the Horsham & District Football & Netball League.
Excellent sporting facilities exist for most sports including cricket, tennis, volleyball, basketball, badmitton, lawn bowls
The horse racing club, the Wimmera Racing Club, schedules numerous meetings a year at Horsham including the Horsham Cup meeting in October.
Horsham Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the city, and the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club holds regular meetings.
Golfers play at the course of the Horsham Golf Club on Golf Course Road.
Wimmera Health provides health services including the Wimmera Hospital (formerly Horsham Base Hospital) located on Baillie Street. Various Doctor Clinics are located throughout the town. Many Specialists regularly visit Horsham for consultation on a fortnightly/monthly basis. Most Health care requirements can be met in Horsham by the various practitioners.
Road transport and the motor vehicle is the main form of transport. The Western Highway (connecting Melbourne to Adelaide) and the Henty Highway (from Portland north towards Mildura) cross paths with the Wimmera Highway at Horsham.
Rail transport includes both passenger rail and freight rail. The city's only station is Horsham railway station which is on the Melbourne-Adelaide railway. The Overland operates between the state capitals and stops several times a week in each direction for passengers.
V/Line operates a coach service to and from Horsham from various areas. Melbourne bound passengers board a train in Ararat to continue their journey. Public transport within Horsham is limited to the town bus service.
Horsham Airport operates general aviation.
Water is supplied by Grampians-Wimmera-Mallee Water (GWMWater). The main water supply is Lake Wartook reservoir located in the Grampians National Park.