Located on the banks of the Wimmera River (and often referred to as the capital of the region) is the Victorian town of Horsham. It was named by James Darlet, an original settler, after a town in his native country of England.
The town is situated along the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide, so is a popular stopover for people traveling between the two cities. It is also a popular base for tourists looking to explore the region’s natural attractions.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to get you out of your hotel in Horsham for the day. Hiking, cycling and even rock climbing are among some of the favourite pursuits of visitors to the area. If you prefer a more placid outdoor experience, there are a number of forests to explore. These include the Black Range State Park, Grampians National Park and Little Desert National Park.
The region is also known for its vibrant arts community. The town has even inspired some of Australia’s most talented artists, including painters Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd. Works by local and national artists can be viewed at the many galleries in the area. There is also plenty of public art to be seen just walking around the main street.
Budget motels in Horsham tend to be a popular accommodation choice, as they put guests in close proximity to restaurants, shopping and many of the attractions that you wish to visit during your stay.
ARRA Hotels can help you to choose cheap accommodation in Horsham without compromising on your comfort or those little luxuries (such as free BBQ facilities, high-speed internet and swimming pools).
Our hotels in Horsham can cater for every kind of traveler, whether you are on business, just passing through or looking for a family vacation. Groups, families, couples and singles will find that our accommodation meets their every need.
It will take around 3 and a half hours (from Melbourne) or around 4 and a half hours (from Adelaide) to arrive at your motel accommodation in Horsham. It is a popular stopover for tourists travelling between the two capitals or to other destinations in the region (such as the Grampians).
The Overland train (operated by Great Southern Rail) stops in the town twice of a Monday and Friday. One service will take you to Melbourne, whereas the other will take you to Adelaide. A choice of standard and premium seating is available.
Buses also operate freely in the area, so leave the car at your hotel in Horsham! It is also possible to travel by coach to other towns in the area or even to Melbourne and Adelaide (if you don’t mind the longer trip).
Whether you’re travelling with a group of friends or have chosen budget motels in Horsham to get the kids out of the house, there are plenty of attractions to keep visitors of all ages amused for the duration of your stay.
A number of popular festivals are held in the town each year – be sure to book cheap accommodation in Horsham early to avoid missing out! Events include the Art Is… festival, Awakenings (Australia’s only regional disability arts festival), the Horsham Country Music Festival and Wimmera Machinery Field Days.
There are a number of walking trails in and around the town, ranging from 15 minutes to about an hour. Some of the trails include the Wimmera River Walk, the Police Paddock, Yanga Track and the wetlands.
Arts and culture is important to the region, with many tourists choosing motel accommodation in Horsham to give them time to visit the many art galleries (such as the Regional Art Gallery and Natimuk Goat Gallery), the Wesley Performing Arts Centre and to view some of the town’s stunning architecture.
Family friendly activities are also at abundance in the region. Stone Forest Adventure is an 18 hole mini golf course, the Adventure Island playground is right on the river, and country markets are held regularly.
Most hotels in Horsham will provide only basic cooking facilities, so take the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best local produce (including extra virgin olive oil, lentils, chickpeas and pure honey).