There are many varied attractions in Ararat. Below are listed some of the popular ones.
J Ward was previously an Australian Prison to hold the criminally insane. J Ward was first opened in 1861 and was officially closed in 1991. Since 1993 the prison has been re-opened as a museum and has been open to the general public ever since.
Address: Governors House Girdlestone St, Ararat VIC 3377
Phone: (03) 5352 3357
Hours: Tours run every day at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.
Extra tours run at 12pm and 3pm
The Ararat Performance Art Centre is situated in the old town hall. The Performing Arts Centre consists of a wide range of performance and events that will appeal to almost anyone.
Address: Barkly St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia
Phone: (03) 5352 2181
The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre is a historical building that tells the story of prospectors from Southern China during the goldrush.
Address: 31/33 Lambert St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia
Phone: (03) 5352 1078
Hours: 11am to 4pm. 7 days a week