CITY OF HORSHAM
Victoria, Australia
Horsham is the Capital of the Wimmera

 


Located on a bend in the Wimmera River, Horsham is approximately 300km northwest of Melbourne with an estimated population of 17,000.

Horsham is a lively city, with an excellent opportunity for shopping, dining and entertainment. The city offers a number of accommodation options along with a very robust business sector. Take time out and visit the Horsham Botanic Gardens, designed by William Guilfoyle, who designed Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. The city is a significant stop-over point between Adelaide and Melbourne and contains nearly a dozen motels.

The beautiful Wimmera River flows through the southern end of town with parklands and ancient red gum trees that line much of the river. You will find a number of walking tracks and boardwalks through the surrounding wetlands. Take an easy stroll or pedal your way along the river and find points of interest on the way. The Wimmera River and its annual Fishing Competition are notable features of the city.

Base yourself in Horsham and explore the region’s nearby attractions. The Grampians National Park and Wartook Valley are located 30 km southeast, while Natimuk and Mount Arapiles are widely regarded as one of the top rock climbing areas in Australia and only a short drive west of Horsham.


More about Horsham

It is the 11th largest city in Victoria. Horsham's topography is flat, approximately 128 metres (420 ft) above sea level. Horsham was named by original settler James Monckton Darlot after the town of Horsham in his native England. It grew throughout the latter 19th and early 20th centuries as a centre of Western Victoria's wheat and wool industry, becoming the largest city in the Wimmera and Western Victoria by the early 1910s. Horsham was declared a CITY in 1949.

Major Thomas Mitchell was the first European to pass through the area, naming the Wimmera River on 18 July 1836.

George Langlands, a merchant from Melbourne was encouraged by James Darlot to move to the Wimmera region and open a store. Langlands reached the Wimmer and opened a general store in October 1849 on what is now the corner of Darlot and Hamilton Street. A Post Office had opened a year earlier on 1 July 1848.[13] By 1851 the small village of Horsham had been established, consisting of an estimated 18 homes.

The Victorian gold rush connected Horsham with the rest of the state, when it became a stop-over point for the Gold Escort in 1851. Horsham's population had reached 6,388 in 1947 and so it was declared a city on 24 May 1949.

By 1910 Horsham sat on the boundary between Victoria's primary wool producing area, the south-west and the state's second-largest wheat producing area the Wimmera. The Wimmera and Mallee regions produce between 10 and 40 tonnes of wheat per square kilometer. Farmers around Horsham often rotate wheat with canola and legumes.

The Horsham Town Hall, rebuilt and enlarged in February 2016, is the city's main performing arts venue, attracting a wide range of national and international acts.

Some of the Horsham pubs host live music and the city hosts both the annual Kannamroo festival and the annual Horsham Country Music Festival.

Horsham is served by two weekly newspapers, the Wimmera Mail-Times and the Weekly Advertiser. MXXFM 101.3 is a local commercial station and Triple H 96.5 FM is the local community radio station. Centre Cinema's manage a Movie Theatre on Pynsent Street.