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Regional Tourism Guide for The Grampians
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Hamilton Parkrun
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
Hamilton parkrun is a free, weekly five kilometre timed run, walk or jog around Lake Hamilton for people of all abilities.

It is not a race against other runners, but a five kilometre timed run, jog or walk. It can really be whatever you want it to be, for fun or as part of a training plan.

Hamilton parkrun offers an opportunity for all members of our local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy our beautiful Lake Hamilton and get physically active in the process.

People are encouraged to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability - this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is free.

Taking part is easy - just register in advance by 6:00pm on the Friday before your first ever parkrun event. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once. Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there.

Meet at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground, Rippon Road Hamilton.
The Wimmera Plains
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Drawing inspiration from Sydney Nolan’s watercolour Wimmera 1942, held by the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection, local artists from the Makers’ Gallery & Studio respond to the vast beauty of the iconic Wimmera plains. Using various mediums and craft, from drawing and painting to tapestry, these artists explore the intricate details of botanical forms as well as the sweeping gestures and character of this distinctive landscape.

The Makers’ Gallery & Studio was established in Horsham in the late 1990’s by local craft artisans. Various craft groups use the Studio to meet weekly to create and share skills.

Image: Sidney NOLAN Wimmera 1942, watercolour on paper.

Purchased through the Horsham Art Gallery Trust Fund, with the assistance from the Caltex Victorian Government Art Fund, 1984.
In Her Words
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
In Her Words is a photographic exhibition focusing on women behind and in front of the camera. Women who are in control of their own story; whether they are speaking their own truth or re-enacting the accounts of others. In this exhibition we hear from women who are bold in the telling of their flaws, uncertainties and strengths; aiming to get to the core of the female experience, rights and challenges.

Bringing together historical works from the Horsham Art Gallery collection with key figures in contemporary Australian photographic practice, the exhibition explores migration, queer culture, aboriginality, youth and childhood, the body, domesticity, place, identity and female repressions and expression. Through these images the photographers make bold statements about the societies in which they live and work.

Curated by Olivia Poloni. This project has been assisted by NETS Victoria’s Exhibitions Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Hamilton Harness Race Day
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Harness racing has been part of the Australian sporting calendar for 150 years now, and it becomes a bigger industry year on year.



In Australia, there are 91 harness racing tracks holding nearly two thousand meetings per year. Around 5,000 standard bred horses are foaled and registered each year, and the sport features nearly 3,000 drivers across the country, with 4,000 registered trainers.



Join for a day of Harness Racing, fun for the whole family with meals, bar and TAB facilities.

Natimuk Farmers Market Plus
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019
Natimuk is nestled at the base of Mt Arapiles and Mitre Rock, a peoples Market comprising of three distinct sections, the Natimuk Farmers Market Plus has something for everyone.

Showcasing local and regional produce, quality local art and craft, sausage sizzle, crepes, coffee and live music, organic vegetables, jams and more.

Be sure to also stop by the Arapiles Historical Society Trash and Treasure and Boot Sale - opposite the market.

The Natimuk Farmers Market Plus operates on Sunday from 10:00am to 1:30pm on selected dates.
Hamilton Country Music Club Day
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
Enjoy live music from a talented guest artist at this family-friendly afternoon, a monthly Club Day ran by Hamilton Country Music Club.

Barbeque lunch and soft drinks available to purchase.
Balmoral Show
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
A traditional country fair including the annual shearing event, terminal, maternal and merino sheep classes, horse events including stockman’s challenge, plus cattle, poultry and wool judging, and restored engines on display. In the Pavilion there's also cookery, craft, photography, art and horticulture.

Plenty of free entertainment for all the family, including the Dunny Derby, Sheep Dog Race, Pet Show, Petting Zoo, Worm Racing and the Grand Parade. Kids All Day passes available, plus food trucks, marketplace, pop-up cafe and music.
Grampians Texture 19
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Thu 21st Mar 2019
Grampians Texture 19 is where you can develop your interest in fibre arts and textiles. An opportunity to work with Australian and international textile tutors in two, four and six day workshops.

Fantastic Australian and international tutors cover topics of felting, jewellery, print making, books, dyeing, knitting, leather, stitching by hand and machine, fabric and fibre.

Please visit the website for more information.
GrampianArts Market Place
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Thu 21st Mar 2019
Open each day during Grampians Texture, selling a range of fabrics, fibres, books, buttons and much more to tempt the textile artist. Not all sellers will be there for the whole time but all will be there for the weekend and Monday morning. Traders include:

Fibreworks - hand dyed fibres and yarns in a range of 20 colours reflecting the Australian landscape.

The Button Lady - vintage and handmade buttons, threads a sequinned and beaded Motifs, vintage laces, and all sorts of haberdashery surprises.

Redrock Books- selling beautiful art and craft books.

Dairing Yarns- selling unusual yarns including silk and stainless steel, cotton and stainless steel, paper, linen and speciality papers.

FeltFine - supplier of fibres for feltmakers.

House of Cloth - selling good quality natural fibre fabrics, including bamboo and hemp, vintage and retro.

Tombo - antique/recycled kimonos plus lots of other yummy bits.

Spiral Design - selling hand dyed threads and more.

The Button Lady - vintage buttons

Open Drawer - haberdashery and much more

fLash scissor and knife sharpening
Grampians Arts Market Place
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Thu 21st Mar 2019
At Grampians Texture Market Place there will be lots of supplies for artists, art books and materials, hand dyed yarns and threads, specialty papers, designer fabric, vintage kiminos and buttons and lots more.

Red Rock Books, Dairing, FibreWorks, Spiral Design, House of Cloth, KroaftKolour, The Button Lady, Oh My God, FeltFine, Flash - Scissor and Knife Sharpening, Open Drawer will be all selling as part of the Grampians Texture week in Halls Gap. An opportunity to stock up on lots of great supplies.
Artist in Residence - Caroline Hawkins
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Thu 21st Mar 2019
Over the week of Grampians Texture, Caroline Hawkins will be working at the Halls Gap Community Centre - at the GrampianArts Market Place.

Participating as artist in residence at Grampians Texture 2019, Victorian Surf Coast artist Caroline Hawkins will provide opportunities for visitors to delight in the variety of applications that can be drawn from plant materials, fabric and wool remnants and found materials.

Beds of seagrass in the ocean form the favourite hiding places for sea dragons. Caroline collects clumps of it which get washed up on the beach after a storm; it is strappy, strong and ideal for random weave baskets. It’s also the perfect material to use to make sea dragons.

The coastal shore birds and the vulnerable hooded plover, whose chicks are cared for by teams of volunteers, are a pleasure to create, using basketry techniques with fabrics and wire. The fibre art practices of indigenous Australians are also a source of interest for Caroline. She has learnt weaving and bush toy wrapping techniques from a local elder. Caroline will demonstrate basketry and animal wrapping alongside a display of her work. You are welcome to join in some making with her.
Friday Un'Wine'd
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Relax with friends after a busy week. Start your weekend early with a glass or two of the region's best and Steel Cutter's Cottage's relaxed eats menu.

A relaxed menu of French and Mediterranean inspired tasting plates and tasting boards designed to share with family and friends, and of course, enjoy with a glass of great wine.

The regional wine list is dedicated to showcasing local wineries and winemakers who do not have cellar doors. You won’t find a wine list like this anywhere.

Of course there is also a selection of beers, cider and Hepburn sparkling mineral waters.

Bookings are appreciated.
Chefs Menu Dinners
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
Sit back, relax and let Steel Cutters Cottage serve you. You don't even need to think about which wine to choose.

Chef's Menu Dinners at Steel Cutters Cottage are held every Saturday night, unless booked for a private function.

The three course menu is inspired by French and Italian flavours and seasonal produce. Wines to compliment each course are suggested and available by the glass. The wine list showcases a carefully selected collection of local wines as well as beers, cider and mineral waters.

Open from 6:30pm for drinks and first course is served from 7:00pm. Tables are limited and bookings are essential. No BYO. Bookings close at 4:00pm each Saturday. Please book early to ensure availability.

Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

Autumn Degustation - Sunday Long Lunch
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Food and wine lovers, here is your invitation to a perfect Sunday afternoon. Join Steel Cutters Cottage on Sunday 17 March for Autumn Long Lunch and indulge in beautifully crafted food, unique Grampians wines and relaxed conversation.

Steel Cutters Cottage have created a beautiful five course degustation menu. Each course is matched with regional wines which have been carefully selected from our boutique local Winemakers.

It is a dining experience not to be missed.

Places are strictly limited to 16 guests and prepaid bookings are essential. Bookings via Trybooking or phone directly for bookings.

Steel Cutters Cottage look forward to welcoming you to a beautiful afternoon at Steel Cutters Cottage.
Festival of Small Halls - Goroke
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Horsham Country Music Festival
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
The 12th Horsham Country Music Festival will be held from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 24 March 2019, with another excellent artist line up.

The line up will include Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters, Brian Letton, Johanna Hemara, Sandie Dodd, Col Perkins, Graham Rodger, Kiara Rodrigues, Venessa Warra, Justin Standley and many more.

The official program will be available in 2019.
Festival of Small Halls - Pomonal
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Penshurst Art Exhibition
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Penshurst Creative Arts Inc. presents the 2019 Penshurst Art Exhibition.



Annual Art Exhibition where paintings and drawings are on display with some available for sale over the weekend. Categories include Best in Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil, Drawing, Pencil, Charcoal, Ink, Pastel and Best in Show.

For further information visit the website or Facebook page.

Festival of Small Halls - Murtoa
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Sturgeon Stampede
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
The Dunkeld Rodeo Committee are again saddling up with the Woodall Rodeo promotion team to produce a cracking day’s family entertainment at the third annual Sturgeon Stampede!

Witness some of Australia’s toughest cowboys and cowgirls battle it out for the Sturgeon Stampede crown under the vista of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt.

Rodeo action will run until the final bull ride late in the evening and be followed by a live band.

Once again family is the focus and a large area will be designated to accommodate families with free children’s activities and a variety of food and drink choices.
Hamilton District Darts Tournament
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Mon 25th Mar 2019
Hamilton District Darts Tournament involves 32 teams from across Victoria, competing for two days, with one teamto be crowned the best in the South West of Victoria.
Natimuk Show
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
The Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society present the 2019 Natimuk Show.

This is a one day Agricultural and Pastoral Show, featuring activities and attractions for everyone. Please contact organiser for full schedule.
Australian Booty
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Candy B knows your pain. She knows the strain of being female and curvaceous with a body made for touching and a booty most bodacious. She understands feeling like your body is wrong and the pants are right, like you have to fight for food, magazines, and Australian television.

In her debut stand-up comedy show Candy B will get to the bottom of things and leave everyone feeling that little bit more comfortable in their skin.
Festival of Small Halls - Wycheproof
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Hamiltons Teddy Bear's Picnic
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Enjoy a Teddy Bear's Picnic with miniature train rides and special Teddy Train at the Hamilton Model Railway Museum. Sausage sizzle and soft drinks available plus a brass band and other activities for all the family.
Cellar Door Sunday Series
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Steel Cutters Cottage regional wine list is dedicated to showcasing local wineries and winemakers who do not have cellar doors.

The Tasting Room is hosting some of the region's smaller winemakers on selected Sundays as they host a series of Cellar Door Sundays. Each Sunday will showcase a different winemaker. This is your opportunity to taste their range of beautiful regional wines, meet the winemakers and share their stories.

Enjoy a wine tasting and and stay for lunch. Relax with a glass of your favourite wine and a tasting board or select from the lunch menu and graze the afternoon away. Lunch bookings are advised.

Sunday 8 March - Miners Ridge Wines
Sunday 24 March - Clarnette and Ludvigsen Wines

Coming soon: Black & Ginger Wines, A. T. Richardson Wines and Kimbarra Wines.
By a Thread
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019
Seven acrobats and 30 metres of rope. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship the performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics.

The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect.

By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, the performers have pooled their knowledge and skills, and then exploded the traditional boundaries of these disciplines to create a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways.
Autumn Painting Workshop with Jenni Mitchell
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
Gather autumnal objects to use as inspiration and learn to put them down on paper or canvas. Demonstrations followed by one on one guidance using tone, colour and shape to capture the essence of the season's changing mood and colours with your brush and artist eye.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Bring your own materials or purchase from Studio, which sits in 14 acres of inspiring gardens and paddocks.
Dunkeld Polo
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Bring a picnic, family and friends, and enjoy amazing horsemanship and entertainment at the Dunkeld Polo with the beautiful Grampians backdrop of the Dunkeld Racecourse.

Three polo matches, an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (and big kids) and bar ran by the local football club.
Harrow Long Lunch
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
A fundraiser for the Bay Riders Community Centre, this event is the vision of long term volunteer and chef; Mrs Sloba Petrovic.

Eat and drink your way through the afternoon with delicious tasting plates, lunch and dessert cooked by amazing local chefs on the banks of the Glenelg River.

Lunch accompanied by live jazz music from Mt Gambier band; Kalimna, featuring talented musicians from the esteemed James Morison Music Academy.

Ticket bookings essential, BYO drinks and buses may be available- contact for details.
Horsham Trash and Treasure Market
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Multiple vendors will hire trestles from the St John's Anglican Fundraising Committee. Vendors will present for sale a wide collection of new and pre-loved items, catering for the interests of all ages, light refreshments, produce stalls and more. All are welcome.
Western Speedway - Demo Derby
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
High-speed action at Hamilton's Western Speedway with the four cylinder Demolition Derby, the Victorian Limited Sportsman Title, the F500 Stampede and the Wingless Sprints.

Action packed night for the whole family.
Almost April Fools Eventide Epicurean Pickle Day
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
At Almost April Fools Eventide Epicurean Pickle Day, enjoy competition tastings, barbeque, food stalls and car boot sale.

Show off your skills at the great pickle, relish and chutney challenge. Specialist judges award prizes for various competition categories. Come and celebrate your favourite foodie things. Rules and fees available from administration at Eventide.
The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Pacing Cup
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Come along to Horsham Pacing Cup for an exciting race day event with entertainment for the whole family. Free kids activities, live music with Darryn Wardle and Jeff Woodward, and several competitions and prizes up for grabs.

Fundraising efforts to be donated to The Naked Farmer. Gold coin donation upon entry
Australian String Quartet - Dunkeld Festival of Music
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Tue 9th Apr 2019
Tranquility and calm in the Southern Grampians of Victoria. Australian String Quartet with guest artists Li-Wei Qin, cello and Konstantin Shamray on piano.

The divine music of Schubert, Brahms, Bartók, Shostakovich, Kodály and a world premiere by Kate Moore will pulse through Victoria’s Southern Grampians across these effervescent three-day festivals.

With intimate concerts in the charming Mt Sturgeon Woolshed and Myers’ Library and the warm hospitality of the iconic Royal Mail Hotel, tickets to this festival are in high demand.

Dunkeld is a truly magical regional environment within the Southern Grampians and lends a unique charm to this sought-after highlight of the ASQ’s touring calendar.
Woody's Murray to Moyne
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Woody's Murray to Moyne Annual Cycle Relay is an annual cycling relay with approximately 1,500 riders and support crews travelling 520 kilometres from the Murray to the Moyne rivers.

The 33rd Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay will pass along major roads through the Southern Grampians Shire with a stopover at the Hamilton Showgrounds, as teams raise funds for health related causes.

Cheer on the riders as they depart on Sunday morning for Port Fairy.
The Coat of Many Colours - The Songs of Dolly Parton
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
From rags to riches, Dolly’s life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America’s sweetheart of Country Music.

The Coat of Many Colors is performed by Brooke McMullen. At just 23 Brooke is a Superstar in the making. Her performance will feature all your favourites, from â€ء to 5”, “Jolene” and the award winning, “I Will Always Love You”

A performance not be missed by all fans of country.

Backed by a six piece band.
Great Western Cinema in the Vines Series
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
What a magic setting to sit on the lawns of Seppelt winery, take in some music while savouring a glass of one of Seppelt lovely wines.

Then be mesmerised by Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman.

Barbecue and beverages will be available for purchase with your cinema favourites of popcorn, ice-cream, jaffas and maltesers.

Gates open at 6:00pm with live music pre-screening. Bring your own chair, beanbag and blanket.

Brought to you by the Great Western Future Committee hosting this free family event supported by the Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Grants Program.

Petschel House - Printmaking Workshop
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Have you always wanted to do some printmaking- or do not have access to a press?

Spend a relaxing day in the studio making your own Lino print, inspired by the historic house and gardens.

You will be guided in how to use the cutting tools, which papers are best for Lino print, and will create your first print to take home.

All materials supplied plus lunch and refreshments.
Western Speedway - V8 Trucks
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Do not miss the action at the Western Speedway with the V8 trucks, the 3 Litre Dash for Cash, Victorian Sports Sedans, AMCA's and Classic Vintage racing.

Action packed evening for the whole family.
Splash Test Dummies
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions!=.

Circus-filled hilarity for the whole family, with catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.



Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure. Hosted by Chameleon Arts Collective in Balmoral's historic Mechanics Hall - do not miss it.

Mountainfilm on Tour
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.

The tour will soon visit Halls Gap at the community hall on Saturday 13 April with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Proceeds from the Halls Gap screening will go to locally based charity partners People For Nepal.
Y Fest Easter Festival
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Held over the Easter weekend, Y Fest offers activities to suit a wide range of age groups and interests including a three-day vintage machinery rally starting on Easter Saturday, Horse Racing on Easter Saturday, four-day golf tournament starting on Good Friday and an art show starting Good Friday.

There is also a busking competition Saturday afternoon, armed bowlers triples tournament on Easter Sunday, along with the major attraction of the Annual Street Parade on the Easter Saturday morning.
Balmoral Easter Market
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Market stalls take over the main street selling hand made items, second hand goods, food, plants and produce, with all profits going to community and charities.

Fun for all the family with children's rides and amusements.
Moyston Easter Market
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Are you looking for something to do on Easter Saturday? Why not head to the annual Moyston Easter Market.

The Moyston Easter Market features a wide range of stall holders will be selling homemade, homegrown and pre-loved items.

Children are catered for with a free Easter Egg Trail for under 12 year olds. There will also be various art activities for children.

Moyston is credited as being the birthplace of Australian Rules Football, Tom Wills spent his formative years at Lexington Station.

Why not try your skills in the Longest Football Kicking Competition? There are many classes, including juniors and ladies. This kicks off at 11:30am.

Sit down in the Pavillion and enjoy Devonshire Tea or a light lunch, or enjoy a gourmet barbecue run by the local Football Netball Club.

Vintage cars will also be on display on the Oval and live music provided by local duo S.O.F.T.

A great day out for the whole family.

OZACT'S Much Ado About Nothing at Spectacular Heatherlie Quarry
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
In Much Ado About Nothing the road to true love never does run smooth.



This is Shakespeare’s strategic guide to the battle between the sexes, loaded with comic incident, bumbling security guards, squabbling brothers, and mismatched lovers. The play is full of suspense, high drama and delightful comedy, brought to life, with powerful acting and exquisite costumes.



This year marks the eighteenth year OZACT has been performing in the Grampians and over that time OZACT’s Shakespeare productions have become an Easter tradition and a much anticipated holiday event.

Beneath the towering slopes of Mt Difficult lie the mighty walls of Heatherlie Quarry, nestled in a serene and beautiful bush setting; punctuated by sandy clearings with remnants of settlement. This environment creates a wonderful setting for a governor's fiefdom with marriageable daughters, visited by battle weary soldiers in Much Ado.

So bring along a cushion, and someone you love, or a whole group of people you love and become enthralled with one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays. Much Ado promises an event to remember.



Bookings are essential , and remember to book early as tickets are limited. Visit the OZACT website for ticket bookings, and detailed production information.

Warracknabeal Cup
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Experience the Warracknabeal Cup at the Warracknabeal Racing Club on Saturday 20 April and get ready for a great day of Country Racing.

Enjoy all country racing has to offer at one of Victoria's premier race tracks located in the heartland of Victoria's Thoroughbred Country in an intimate setting, with sweeping views of the course. Get up close and personal with jockeys and trainers from all over the state, whilst enjoying all of the racing action right from the Mounting Yard to the Winning Post at your leisure.

Indulge yourself with a Umbrella Package on the home straight for your and your friends. Alternatively, experience the luxury of your own private marquee and upgrade your package to include food and beverages. There are free kid's activities, Fashions on the Field and live entertainment on course to backdrop an incredible day of racing.

Racegoers are encouraged to embrace country casual; where you can enjoy backing a winner from bars and bookmakers on course. They also offer plenty of outside grandstand seating for those looking to watch the races from a great undercover spot. Parking is free.
A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music and Dance Sensation
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
After performing to thousands of audience’s nation-wide, The Irish Music and Dance Sensation A Taste of Ireland is touring nationally in 2019.

Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, A Taste of Ireland reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever.

Produced by Australia’s golden duo, Brent Pace and Ceili Moore, A Taste of Ireland transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition are all the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe, A Taste of Ireland is unique for a production in this genre and features music and dance reflected through raw talent, which is impressively 100 per cent live.

Choreographed and led by ex-Gaelforce Dance and Rhythms of Ireland Lead Principal, World Medallist and six time Champion Brent Pace, A Taste of Ireland is the quintessential Irish tale, a show never to be missed.
A Taste Of Ireland Horsham
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.



Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique LIVE spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.

Western Speedway - Victorian Junior Sean Titles
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
High-speed fun for all the family at the Western Speedway including the Victorian Junior Sedan Titles, Mini Sprints, Super Rods, the Limited Sportsman's and the V8 Dirt Modifieds.

Action packed night for the whole family.
Laneway Party
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019
McGuigan’s lane has recently been transformed by a large group of artists and students who have painted a walkway of wonderful murals. To celebrate the success of this project, and to utilise this beautified CBD space, the team is throwing a party.

Hosted by South West Hive, local artists and a collection of community groups and businesses, this free family-friendly event is a collaborative celebration of the vibrant community, and an opportunity to connect with fellow residents and visitors. Enjoy free live music, face painting, great conversation and good vibes. Bring some coins for the hot food and drinks available.

Please leave alcohol at home, but bring your own mug, cup or water bottle to help reduce waste. Feel free to contact the team if you would like to get involved.
Hamilton and District Old Time Dance Annual Ball
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Dance the weekend away at the 40th Anniversary Ball Weekend. Dance on Friday evening from 8:00pm to midnight with Tarragal Band and cutting of the anniversary cake at 10:00pm.

Saturday dancing begins from 4:00pm to 6:15pm followed by an evening meal and more dancing 7:15pm to 9:15pm then supper with Tarragal Band.

Sunday dancing 10:00am to 3:00pm with a light lunch to CD Music.
Marina Prior and David Hobson - The 2 of Us Encore Show
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
After selling out their 2018 show well in advance, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior and David Hobson announce their 2019 Encore Show at the Horsham Town Hall on Saturday 27 April 2019.

Such is their vast repertoire and collective careers, there will be new songs and stories, so best you come along.

The 2 Of Us, Up Close and Personal is accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate performance.

Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums.

Hear the classics, their recorded favourites and a hint of humour thrown in. Definitely a show not to be missed.

A Taste Of Ireland - Hamilton
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of Ireland in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, A Taste of Ireland explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.

Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique live spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.
A Taste Of Ireland Ararat
Date Wed 1st May 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.



Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique LIVE spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.

Dunkeld and Peaks Pilgrim Walk
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
A leisurely three day 60 kilometre camino style walk to enjoy conversation, hospitality and reflection against the backgrop of the majestic Southern Grampians plains and mountains.

Funds raised go to the Nature Glenelg Trust.
Old Actors Never Die They Just Lose The Plot
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Dramus Theatre presents this truly daft journey into the world of eccentric luvvies at the Mount Home for Retired Theatricals. A comedic performance following the efforts to rescue a womanizing retired actor, husband of three residents, when he goes on the run from Russian gangsters. Tickets available via the Hamilton PAC or on the door.
Grampians Grape Escape
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Rediscover the majesty of the Grampians and journey to the heart of Halls Gap for a festival of regional wine, food and music.

Meet the winemaker, learn from the producer, support the family owner and taste the best artisan wine and food on offer in Western Victoria.

Gather your tribe together and embrace your inner food floozy while you wander through a village of 120 stalls that will indulge all the senses.

Enjoy cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, live music, guest chefs plus plenty of free fun for kids of all ages.

There is no better place to celebrate the end of vintage than at Grampians Grape Escape. It is the ultimate experience for any wine, food and music lover.

Stay in touch on the Facebook page or check the website for details.
Lions Autumn Market
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Held at the Hamilton Showgrounds, the Lions Autumn Market extravaganza will include over 60 stalls, bric a brac, clothing, crafts, home-made food and local produce.

Fun for the whole family with live music including Rock'n'Roll dancers and kids entertainment including everyone’s favourite – the American Mediterranean Miniature donkeys.

Of course the Lions Club barbecue will be in full swing, including hot and cold drinks available throughout the day.
Petschel House - Using Photography as a Reference Workshop
Date Sat 11th May 2019
There are many ways to use photography as a reference for the artist.

Learn the difference between working from a photograph as a tool for the artist and straight out copying a picture.

Bring your favourite images to work with and learn how to incorporate tone, shape and colour into your painting with a simple method.

Lunch and refreshments provided.
Good Shepherd May Market
Date Sat 11th May 2019
A huge farmers market with amazing flower bouquets, plants, trash and treasure stalls and kids activities. Enjoy the sit-down cafe with barista made coffee, decadent cakes and bakehouse, or the barbecue that starts early with bacon and egg rolls before moving onto sausages, burgers and hot potatoes.

Many district stalls will be in the main Exhibition Centre, while in the Sheep Pavilion will be a huge array of plants, trash and treasure stalls and kids’ activities.

Gold coin donation per family puts you in the running for many lucky door prizes.
Mothers' Day Classic - Hamilton
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Mothers Day Classic - Hamilton is hosting a 4.2 kilometre and an 8.4 kilometre fun run and walk around Lake Hamilton to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.



This will be the fifth year that Hamilton has held the event, and is part of a nation wide campaign raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Hamilton Pastoral Museum May Rally
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Ride on the miniature railway, see a real blacksmith in action, wander the grounds of the Pastoral Museum to see wonderful reminders of the past, including Commercial Vehicles that serviced the district in days gone by.

Grand parade daily at 2:00pm in the Dundas Block with food and drink available all day. Come and revisit the past or show the young ones how it was done in the old days.
Hamilton Million Paws Walk
Date Sun 19th May 2019
The Million Paws walk is a national activity day held by the RSPCA to help fight against animal cruelty.



Dog owners can bring their dogs down to Lake Hamilton for the walk and other activities.

The aim is to get around 250,000 animals nationally.

James Reyne: A Crawl To Now
Date Fri 24th May 2019
A Crawl To Now is a 90 minute live show featuring songs selected from over twenty albums. James will be joined on stage by renowned guitarist Josh Owen in acoustic duo format.

James Reyne’s songs have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers, including ‘The Boys Light Up’, ‘Reckless’, ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Lakeside’, ‘Daughters Of The Northern Coast’, ‘Fall Of Rome’, ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Motor’s Too Fast’ and ‘Slave’.

Join James Reyne and his guitarist for an unforgettable acoustic celebration of his career – A CRAWL TO NOW !
Paintings from Hamilton
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Thu 18th Jul 2019
Hamilton Art Gallery holds an extensive collection of European and Australian paintings, prints and decorative arts from the 1700s to the present. Established in 1961, the gallery actively collects Australian work and today it holds an impressive collection of Australian paintings ranging from colonial works by Nicholas Chevalier and S.T. Gill through to work by influential artists Howard Arkley and Andrew Sibley.

Paintings from Hamilton explores this collection offering a survey of work that considering the various ways artists use this medium. From oils, acrylics, watercolours, gauche and ink these works explore the landscape, flora, architecture, portraits, contemporary culture and our relationship to the world around us.
Contemporary Watercolours
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Learn to paint watercolour with experienced artist and teacher, Eleni Rivers at Off the Rails Studio.

Loosen up, explore fresh new techniques and play with mixed media.

Class includes demonstrations to help you find ways to express yourself with more freedom.

Some materials available.
VAFHO 2019 Family History Expo
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
Annual Expo held in country Victoria for anyone interested in Family or Local History.



Event and entry includes: dozens of exhibitors from the local region, Victoria and Interstate; and four talks by great speakers who have presented around Australia and Overseas.



Numerous door prizes valued up to $600.



Opportunity for local organisations to exhibit, there is no cost for an exhibitors table

Hamilton Eisteddfod
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
The Hamilton Eisteddfod has been held annually since 1963 and extends over a period of two weeks, covering music, dance and a new section on speech.

The Hamilton Eisteddfod provides an opportunity to perform in front of an audience and to have that performance assessed by professional adjudicators of the highest calibre in their respective fields.

This 57th Eisteddfod is held at the Performing Arts Centre, Brown street, Hamilton. There are usually three sessions of approximately three hours duration on each day of the Eisteddfod. Competition is divided into approximately 120 music sections and 75 dance sections for competitors of primary school age through to adults.

Both music and dance sections range from classical to popular, thus giving the Eisteddfod a breadth not always seen in regional competitions.

See the website for full program details.
Queen's Birthday Car Rally
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Are you a car enthusiast? Come join in the fun or come and look at some of the array of cars travelling through the region over the June long weekend.

Car enthusiasts from Victoria and interstate will travel the region and stop to explore and enjoy local tourist attractions.

Cars from 1920's to 1980's will be on display at the showgrounds for the public to view on Saturday morning.
Serra Terror
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Serra Terror is an endurance event held in the Grampians National Park over two action packed days.

Teams battle the elements as they run, hike and climb over an 80 kilometre long course through the stunning Grampians ranges.

The 2019 course promises to be incredibly scenic as the Serra Terror celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Hamilton Jack Russell Terrier & Hunting Dog Show
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019
Show classes and events for registered Jack Russell Terriers and Hunting Dogs, including classes from waggiest tail to fattest, plus novelty events from 11:00am including sack race, egg and spoon race and more.

A fun family day for dog and owners alike.

Admission is free for the general public with small entry fees for participants. Coffee and barbeque available on site.
Hamilton Kangaroos FNC Pride and Inclusion Day
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
A rainbow-coloured celebration led by local football clubs to promote inclusion and equality for all members of the Greater Hamilton Community, including special sports matches, clinics and events.
Greater Hamilton School Holiday Program
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Free and affordable activities and performances for school-aged children during the School Holidays at venues including the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Greater Hamilton Library, HILAC, The Hamilton Cinema and Gallery.
Victorian Country Series Handbury Karting Titles
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The twenty-third year of the Handbury Titles, incorporating the fourth round of the Victorian Country Series. More than 200 karters travel from interstate and race against each other to gain points and win coveted trophies.

Fast-paced family fun with catering available on site. Free for spectators, fee for competitors.

If you would like to learn more about the series, or more about karting, please visit the Victorian Country Series Facebook page.
Petschel House - Winter Painting Workshop
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
Be inspired by the wintery forms of the garden and lake and paint on paper or canvas in the warm Studio at historic Petschel House.

Suits beginners to advanced students.

Use your favourite materials or purchase from the studio. Lunch and refreshments provided.
Hamilton Bridal Expo
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Exhibitors from all around the region will be showcasing their services and products making it an ideal opportunity for engaged couples to plan their perfect wedding.
Charlton Badminton Club Ladies Tournament
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019
The Charlton Badminton Club conducts an annual Ladies Badminton Tournament on the second Friday of school term three in each year.

Commencing at 9:30am, and finishing by mid afternoon; it is a graded, round robin tournament, so you will have a variety of partners and opponents.

A pleasant day's exercise is assured.

There are five badminton courts in the stadium.
National Tree Day - Greater Hamilton
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Join Southern Grampians Shire Council to do something positive for your community and the environment by connecting with nature. Come along and join in improving biodiversity in the local area with tree planting and other activities.
Woolly West Fest
Date Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Enjoy a huge program of woolly community art and literacy activities themed around the Jackie French and Bruce Whatley book, Pete the Sheep.

Produced with the assistance of hundreds of local wool-crafters, this festival produces public art that will delight people of all ages, and also weaves in an expanded program of performances, workshops and activities designed to remind all of us of the pleasure of stories.

Full program and map will be available from the website closer to the Fest.
Peaks & Trails
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Peaks and Trails is a trail running event, starting and finishing in the heart of picturesque Dunkeld in the southern Grampians.

This event offers a range of distances including 6.4, 11, 22, 26 and 50 kilometre trail runs.

The longer distances take in sections of the Grampians National Park.
Sheepvention Rural Expo
Date Sun 4th Aug 2019 to Tue 6th Aug 2019
Twenty-five thousand visitors attend Sheepvention Rural Expo and this year, the expo has been extended to a three day event.

Sunday kicks off with the Wool Fashion Parade brunch, the Kids Muster Trail, New Innovations and Careers Hub plus live music, food and wine tastings and over 500 trade displays across 12 hectares.

Competitions run throughout the Expo including the Victoria Farm Dogs, Sheep Show, Fodder & Grain and Inventions Competitions plus events and activities for the whole family, culminating in Tuesday’s prestigious Ram Sale.

The highest priced Merino Ram Sale in the Southern Hemisphere will be sure to draw buyers and vendors from all over Australia once again.

The expo will run on Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday 8:00am to 5:00pm with music, bars and meals until 9:00pm, and Tuesday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Plenty of fun for everyone, from wool crafters and sheep lovers to food fanatics and tech lovers.
Coleraine Art and Photography Show
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
The Coleraine Art and Photography Show is an annual event and is considered to be one of Coleraine's premier events.

It is aimed to attract entry level artists and photographers as well as catering for the more experienced exhibitor. View art and photography by local, regional and interstate artists and photographers with their works available for sale.

Local primary school children also present their art works, with all children receiving awards.

Gala evening and award presentations are held on the Friday evening.

The Art Show is open to the public Saturday and Sunday.
Stardust & The Mission
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019
The Space Company presents a double bill of documentary theatre. Starring multi-award winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, and award winning actor, Tom Molyneux, with direction by Tom Molyneux (Stardust) and James Jackson (The Mission), these are two extraordinary stories of ordinary Australians whose legacies still reverberate today.

In ‘Stardust’, award-winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, uncovers what his grandfather, esteemed Victorian jazz musician, Col Brain, wanted us to know about life through the things he left behind. For 25 years, a locked cupboard sat in a family garage. So what was inside? This story originally aired as a radio cabaret documentary on ABC Radio National.

In The Mission, award-winning actor, Tom Molyneux, traces the story of his relative, a ‘Fighting Gunditjmara’ man, Allan McDonald, one of Victoria’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for World War I. Allan returned home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn't even recognise him? This solo documentary theatre performance traces an account of a soldier at war; both at home and abroad.

Two stories about love, music and war, and all the things that people leave behind.
Wonderland Run
Date Sat 24th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Travel to the Grampians for one of Victoria's most scenic running events, Wonderland Run.

New Ultra distance event for 2019, plus 30ish, 20 kilometres, 8 kilometres and 2 kilometre distances.

With a level of intensity not experienced in any other event, you will be engulfed by a whole different world. You are in the landscape. It will chew you up and spit you out, and you will love it.

All events based from Halls Gap in the mighty Grampians.

Please visit the website for more information including how to register.

Grampians Brushes
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Thu 12th Sep 2019
A great opportunity to work with wonderful and inspiring tutors in a beautiful location at Grampians Brushes.

Twenty fantastic tutors presenting two,four and six day workshops, including oils, charcoal, watercolours, drawing, life drawing, portraiture, mixed media, printmaking, acrylics, pastel, botanical, landscape, contemporary and traditional.
Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) Rounds 10 and 11
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
Come witness the crowning of the nation's best Enduro riders that come across the country.

Held in Penshurst, Victoria, from 14 to 15 September, competitors will face a Cross-Country format on Saturday, followed by a Sprint on Sunday.

All classes will be running this round, with the following Support Classes:
Two Stroke Cup – 125cc up to 250cc two Stroke.
Murtoa's Big Weekend
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019
Come and explore Murtoa’s Big Weekend, held during the first weekend of October, which provides visitors with a stunning three day annual event loaded with attractions.

The program’s large range of features includes tours of the National Heritage-listed Stick Shed, the Annual A&P Agricultural Show, Saturday morning’s Monster Street Market and Show’n’Shine, Murtoa Cup Race Meeting, Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Historic Engines display and the Water Tower Museum.

Each year, fresh and exciting features are introduced to this massive line-up of events.

Murtoa’s Big Weekend also provides an excellent opportunity for all to experience the beautiful Lake Marma and Rabl Park surrounds.
Arapiles Cycling Event - The A.C.E. Ride
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
The A.C.E. Ride is an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities to experience the big sky and stunning Wimmera views; with Mt Arapiles rising from the surrounding flat country not unlike Uluru in Central Australia.

Cycling in the Spring, you will experience the flowering canola crops, the growing wheat and barley.

The routes are designed to avoid the major highways and avoid too much travel on major roads. Check out lentil crops with the occasional paddock of sheep or cattle grazing nearby. The ride also passes several historic buildings and the Natimuk Lake.

Three Routes are offered this year, all starting and finishing in Natimuk. One hundred kilometres, 50 Kilometres and 20 Kilometres using the Big Sky Bike Trail.

This event is supporting the work of the Wimmera Drug Action Task Force within the community. The Task Force is made up of a large group of service providers who present programs and information to schools, sporting clubs and public meetings about drug and alcohol issues throughout the Wimmera.