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Ararat has a population of approximately 8,070 (Census SA2 2011, ABS) and is in the Ararat Rural City Council area.

Key industries and employers


School education

Public order and safety services

Supermarkets and grocery stores

Meat and meat producing

Map of Victoria indicating the location of Ararat
A worker in a meat processing factory

Finding a job in Ararat



About Ararat

A street view in Ararat with mountains in the background

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 26.6°C 12.2°C
Winter 10.8°C 4.1°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (202km)

Transport Time
Car 2 hrs 30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
3 hrs 30 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $215,000
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)
(May 2014)
(June 2015)

Source: Purchase prices - Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, visit the Ararat Rural City Council's accommodation directory

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (2.0%) Filipino (0.2%)
New Zealand (1.5%) German (0.2%)
Philippines (0.5%)
Italian (0.2%)
Germany (0.5%) Urdu (0.2%)
India (0.4%)
Afrikaans (0.2%)
Source: Census SA2 2011, ABS


Schools Health care
4 primary schools
East Grampians Health Service
1 secondary school

2 university or TAFE campuses

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel for more health care information and services.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Ararat, please visit the Ararat Rural City Council website

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Ararat attractions

  • Impressive gold-rush heritage and architecture
  • Ararat Regional Art Gallery
  • Gum San Chinese heritage Centre and Langi Morgala Museum
  • Wineries
  • Ararat Gift foot race (February)
  • Jailhouse Rock Festival (March)
  • Golden Gateway Festival (October)