Great Western is a quaint and charming township located on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide, and part of the Grampians and Great Grape Road touring routes. First settled in the 1840s by sheep graziers, Great Western rapidly developed through the discovery of gold and then the planting of grape vines. Today, it remains the focal point of one of Australia's internationally renowned wine growing regions and one of the state's most attractive wine villages.
Great Western is a fascinating blend of history and modern technology. History nestles in the age-old vines and rustic cellar doors of Seppelts and Bests wineries, while modern day Great Western has developed into a wine industry centre with supporting tourism industry including cottage, bed and breakfast and motel accommodation.
Seppelts, Bests and Grampians Estate wineries continue to make Great Western famous for its premium wines, winning international accolades and attracting around 60,000 visitors per year. Tours of the Seppelt Winery's underground 'drives' are one of the region's most popular activities, while the slab hut of Bests Vineyard is one of the area's historic highlights.
Great Western plays host to many events throughout the year including the Great Western Races and the Great Western Rodeo.
Things to do:
Seppelt Great Western Winery underground tours - Western Highway
Bests Wines - Off Western Highway
Grampians Estate Winery - Western Highway
Old Toll Gate - Western Highway
Historic walking tour
Great Western Races - usually Australia Day weekend, January
Rodeo - Easter
Hotel/motel, Bed & Breakfast