Great Western the place to be this Australia Day

Published on 23 January 2018


An eclectic mix of live music, some of Victoria’s best wines and country racing will combine to provide the ideal Australia Day long weekend in Great Western.

The Under the Pines Music Festival, featuring live performances from Orange Whip, Plastered and Jimmy Cupples will kick off the weekend’s festivities at the Great Western Recreation Reserve, followed by a Saturday of indulgence at one of the area’s award-winning vineyards, restaurants and galleries, before the Great Western Seppelt Salinger Cup wraps things up on Sunday.

With the music festival backed by a $2500 NGSC Community Events grant awarded to the Great Western Racing & Recreation Reserve Committee, Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll said events such as the weekend’s Australia Day festivities were helping to cement the Northern Grampians Shire Council’s reputation as a location for world-class events.

“This represents yet another reason why more and more tourists are choosing to visit the Northern Grampians Shire,” Cr Driscoll said.

“The latest data shows us that our tourism numbers increased by almost 25 percent up until September 2017, representing an increase of around 225,000 extra visitors, and its great events such as this, combined with our incredible natural surroundings that make the Northern Grampians one of Australia’s largest tourism hotspots.

“The organising committee behind this weekend’s Great Western festivities should be congratulated for their foresight to combine the brand-new music festival with the long-standing tradition of the Great Western Cup, as well as harnessing the drawing power of the area’s reputation for producing outstanding wine - it really is the perfect way to spend your Australia Day long weekend.

A limited number of Under the Pines tickets will be available at the gate from 12 noon on Friday, January 26, while tickets to Sunday’s Great Western Seppelt Salinger Cup are available from