Demographic profile

Northern Grampians has a strong economy based on agriculture, gold mining, manufacturing and tourism.

Stawell is home to brick, textiles and meat production and an operating gold mine. The St Arnaud area is well-known for its broadacre cropping and the Grampians National Park is a popular tourist destination, attracting more than one million visitors each year.


5,918 square kilometres


Central West Victoria

Population Total

Approx 11,471

Major Towns and Villages

Stawell, St Arnaud, Great Western, Halls Gap, Glenorchy, Navarre, Marnoo, Stuart Mill


Grampians National Park, Wimmera Plains (west), Mallee Plains (north) and the Pyrenees Region (east).


There are over 720 businesses listed on the Northern Grampians Shire Business Database.


The Northern Grampians Shire is driven by a highly skilled and multidisciplinary workforce. Amongst the front runners of the region, it is responsible for environmentally sound and innovative growth and development, particularly in grain, sheep and viticulture. The shire also fosters a range of professionals in textiles, health, hospitality and trade.


Stawell is located on the Western Highway between Adelaide (500km) and Melbourne (230km). St Arnaud is located on an important transport link at the junction of the Sunraysia and Wimmera Highways between Melbourne and Mildura, providing excellent access to the west, north-west and south-east. St Arnaud has railway links to Melbourne and Mildura. Other links include Horsham, Ballarat and Bendigo.


Airports are located at Stawell (24-hour sealed airport with instrument panel) and St Arnaud.


National gauge railway connects Stawell to Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.


Average daily temperatures: Minimum 8.6 degrees c; Maximum 19.7 degrees c.


Average annual rainfall: 532mm.


The Grampians region encompasses a diversity of microclimates and environments and a very liveable climate with four distinct climatic conditions. The environment comprises of rich fertile soils, dryland areas, mountain ranges, large-scale open plan pastoral areas, parks and lakes.


The Northern Grampians Shire is well advanced in Landcare programs with revegetation and other projects to minimise erosion and salinity as well as education programs for better farm management. The shire pays particular attention to the retention and protection of land as the principal asset of production for sustainable agriculture.


Telecommunications and e-commerce service delivery have provided for exciting opportunities in business expansion and diversification and a new realm of opportunity for new business investment. Effective communication infrastructure allows for the combination of an attractive lifestyle setting with the capacity to service target markets wherever they may be located.