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Natimuk and Surrounds

The town of Natimuk has a population of approximately 500 and is situated 23kms west of Horsham, 320kms northwest of Melbourne and 420kms from Adelaide.

People from all over the world flock to Natimuk to experience the rock climbing at Mt Arapiles and nearby Grampians. The township is growing in popularity for its arts and cultural scene, antiques, craft shops and restored old buildings.

Areas of Interest

Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises above the Wimmera plains in Western Victoria. Drive, ride or walk to the summit and take in the scenic views over the wheat plains and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Mt Arapiles is widely regarded as the top rock climbing area in Australia and is world renowned. Mt Arapiles is an old, weather beaten cliff, yet the walls of the gullies are incredibly steep and smooth. The good quality rock and the variety of climbs make it attractive for beginners through to experienced climbers. More than 2000 routes have been developed on the many cliffs and pinnacles, presenting variety and challenge to climbers of all levels.

Mt Arapiles Tooan State Park is a habitat for a variety of mammals. There are over 100 bird species including the Peregrine Falcon, Rainbow Bee Eater, Gilbert Whistler and Southern Scrub Robin. Kangaroos will be seen grazing the lower slopes and possums observed foraging in the tree canopies at night. Toilet and picnic facilities are located in the main campground. The park includes Mitre Rock, adjacent to Mt Arapiles. The 7475 hectare park is an invaluable resource for nature conservation with about 14% of the states flora species represented in the Mt Arapiles section alone.

Mitre Lake

Mitre Lake is a natural salt lake surrounded by Samphire, Melaleuca and other salt tolerant vegetation. Mitre Lake is part of the Chain of Lakes, a natural chain of wetlands that stretch from Douglas in the south to the north of Mt Arapiles. Mitre Lake is home to many birds including Red Capped Plovers, birds of prey and various water birds. In spring flocks of the Banded Stilt, a migratory bird, visit the lakes of the area.

Natimuk Lake

Natimuk Lake is a popular recreational place for people to enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiing and sailing. Facilities include camping, picnic, BBQ, play equipment, toilets and cabins. Natimuk Creek is an intermittent waterway that is surrounded by remnant plains grassy woodland.

Heritage Trail

Follow Natimuk’s Heritage Trail for a more detailed view of the town’s impressive list of preserved nineteenth century architecture and historic sites. Learn the
stories of the settlers and get a taste of 1850s pastoral life. Brochures are available at the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre in Horsham and at local Natimuk shops.

Nati Frinj Festival

Nati Frinj Festival is a biennial arts festival that promises to delight and inspire visitors with visual performance and arts events.

Natimuk Farmers Market

Natimuk Farmers Market showcases local and regional produce. The market is held on Sundays on the following dates: March - Long weekend. April - Easter Sunday. June - Queens Birthday weekend. December - Christmas Market.

The Little Desert

The Little Desert is about 45kms north west of Natimuk. More than 600 species of native plants have been recorded in the Little Desert, representing about one fifth of the indigenous species of Victoria. Some of the plants you may see include banksia, tea tree, buloke, sheoake, melaleuca, stringbark, yellow and red gum. There are a variety of soil types within the desert and the plant life varies. Not all these plants can be seen in the one area. Apart from the elusive Mallee Fowl and rare Southern Scrub Robin, more than 220 kinds of birds have been seen.
Parrots, wrens and currawongs are common and honeyeaters feed on the flowering plants. Animal life includes brush-tailed possums and sugar gliders, kangaroos, bats, emus and many kinds of reptiles. Stumpy tailed lizards and bearded dragons are often found basking in the sun. The best time to visit the park is between late winter and early summer when the temperatures are comfortable and the park is full of blossoms and wildflowers.


Horsham has a population of 20,000 and is located 23kms east of Natimuk. It offers excellent opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodation. Also located within the town centre are a number of cultural attractions including the Horsham Regional Art Gallery which specialises in Australian photography and several performing arts venues. For more information, please contact the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre on 1800 633 218.