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Top 5 Attractions in Horsham - Five Tourist Hotspots in Horsham

As the crown jewel of Wimmera, Horsham is a popular holiday wonderland within close proximity of both Melbourne and Adelaide. Here are the area's five must-visit highlights for first time visitors.

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The Horsham Plaza Shopping Centre

Tipped to be Horsham's premier retail hub, the towering Horsham Plaza Shopping Centre is an iconic shopper's hub in the city. Conveniently situated on the Western Highway, the Horsham Plaza Shopping Centre sits between Adelaide and Melbourne. Frequented by thousands of shoppers daily, the mall contains a variety of retail giants including specialty shops and supermarkets within its plush confines. Home to its very own Kmart and Spotlight outlet, other boutiques occupying space at the venue include Millers Fashion Club, Jeans West, Crossroads, Cotton On and Lowes while a plethora of dining hubs such as Wendy's, Subway, Brumby’s Bakery and Cafe 22 are also on-site. Visitors based in a well-situated hotel in Horsham such as Sundowner Horsham Westlander will have access to the shopping complex.

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Horsham Art Gallery

A highlight for art lovers finding Horsham accommodation is a visit to the Horsham Regional Art Gallery, a one of a kind institution that celebrates the artistic prowess occupying its geographical confines. Documenting the visual arts legacy of Horsham in detail, the landmark arts hub showcases works of creative expression from the region's top artists and thinkers. Located down Wilson Street, the Horsham Regional Art Gallery houses an impressive collection of works from well-known and emerging artists hailing from Horsham.

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Horsham Botanic Gardens

Spread out across an impressive 8 acres, the Horsham Botanic Gardens offers visitors a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Horsham town centre with its picturesque landscapes. As one of the city's oldest and most expansive green spaces, the Horsham Botanic Gardens initially occupied a whopping 37 acres when it was conceived by designer William Guilfoyle during the 1870's. Home to a large number of plant species, the park contains a number of gardens including a rose garden and rolling lawns as well as flower showcases on the shores of the Wimmera River which forms one of its borders. A popular picnic hub for the masses, BBQ facilities and rowing amenities are also available in this garden where bike riding is another favourite activity.

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Weir Park

As a focal stopover on the Wimmera River, Walk Weir Park is a lush and verdant corner of Horsham that is worthy of exploration. Littered with manicured lawns, the Weir Park also features a boardwalk and walking tracks lain across the area's wetland landscapes.

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Grampians National Park

Lined with wildflowers and stunning mountainscapes the Grampians National Park is another iconic natural enclosure in Horsham. Comprised of not one but 5 sandstone mountain ridges, the site also affords some of the most spectacular views of Horsham and its surrounding landscapes. Home to several breathtaking waterfalls, the national park also boasts a number of cultural sites where aboriginal rock paintings are visible. The best time to visit the national park falls between the months of August and October when spring is in full bloom. The park's animal inhabitants include wedge-tailed eagles, emus, koalas and of course kangaroos while a plethora of medicinal plants and flowers such as blue pin-cushion lilies and ‘Grampians Boronias’ are also found in the park. Activities available at the site include fishing, bushwalking, canoeing and rock climbing while walking trails also line the park's leafy confines.