About Northern Grampians
The Northern Grampians Shire is rich with lifestyle opportunities and facilities. It offers a secure, rural setting, an enviable climate and excellent health and community services. Whether you choose country acres, a period home or a modern townhouse, realistic real estate prices mean you can genuinely afford to enjoy your choice of lifestyle.
More than 11,900 people call Northern Grampians home. The district's major towns are Stawell in the south and St Arnaud in the north, both service centres for their surrounding rural communities. Smaller townships include Great Western, Halls Gap, Glenorchy, Navarre, Marnoo and Stuart Mill. Together they are a welcoming, united community, drawn from diverse backgrounds.
Outstanding sporting, recreational and leisure services make for a spirited, energetic population endowed with an exceptional natural environment. Among the myriad of activities on offer are bush walking, rock climbing, boating, fishing, swimming, racquetball, squash, cricket, basketball, badminton, netball, football, shooting sports and hockey. Managed facilities include newly built community sports centres, bowling greens, golf courses, tennis courts, racecourses, a sports and aquatic centre, outdoor swimming pools, sports ovals, libraries, entertainment centres and service clubs. If the arts are more your taste, you'll be inspired by galleries, museums and cultural spaces and a lively network of like-minded enthusiasts.
Transport, communication, utilities and services infrastructure are well developed. The shire's two first-class hospitals, medical centres, helicopter and radio ambulance services provide the very best in medical care and are complemented by extensive patient services including pathology, radiology, physiotherapy, visiting surgeons and specialists, youth services and community-based health education and support services. Residents with disabilities are well catered for through a network focused on community integration.
During the last decade, the diversity and health of the Northern Grampians’ natural environments continued to set the region apart. Along with its unique indigenous cultural heritage and wine and gold history, the region began to emerge as the gateway to the Wimmera silo art trail via St Arnaud. The single most unique development to emerge was the Stawell Underground Physics Lab (SUPL). Created within the active Stawell Gold Mine, SUPL will put Northern Grampians on the world research stage, set to tackle some of science's biggest challenges - dark matter and the big bang hypothesis.