Horsham is the largest city in the Wimmera wheat growing and sheep grazing district in western Victoria. It is located between Stawell and Dimboola, on the main highway linking Melbourne and Adelaide. Set on the banks of the Wimmera River, Horsham features a large commercial centre that lies mainly between Firebrace Street and Darlot Street. The city includes an art gallery, botanical gardens and several attractive parks along the river. Weir Park, at the western end of town is a popular spot, named after the weir which spans the Wimmera River at this point and also features a boat ramp. Surrounding Horsham are vast wheat fields, pastoral land, and colourful fields of wildflowers. To the south-east, along the Western Highway, are the Wimmera Lakes which form part of the Wimmera-Mallee irrigation system. Green Lake offers a swimming beach and boat ramp, but is not always full of water. Horsham is a handy base to explore the region's nearby natural attractions which include the Grampians National Park, the Little Desert National Park, and Mount Arapiles which is located 35 kilometres west of Horsham via Natimuk and is widely regarded as one of the top rock climbing areas in Australia. The small town of Kaniva is located in the far west of Victoria, 25 kilometres from the border with South Australia and on the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide. Kaniva's major thoroughfare is the Western Highway which is known as Commercial Street through the town centre, and it is lined with historic buildings and shopfronts. At the western end of the shopping precinct is the local visitor information centre and a large windmill which symbolises the town's use of its abundant underground water supply. Just west of the town centre is a fauna and wetlands park where native animals including emus and kangaroos can be observed. The Kaniva Car Museum hosts Australia's largest privately owned collection of Holden Monaros and Toranas, plus car memorabilia. The Kaniva Historical Museum displays an extensive range of household items and farming relics from the local area. Lake Bolac is a small town located between Hamilton and Ballarat within a rich wheat growing and cattle area in the west of the state. The Lake Bolac town centre features a collection of shops and a few historical buildings including the Lake Bolac Hotel, which was built out of Bluestone in 1862, and the town's memorial hall which dates back to 1922. The local tourist information centre is situated in a within an attractive park on the corner of the Glenelg Highway and the road to Ararat. The primary attraction in Lake Bolac, known locally as the "Home of Aquatic Sports" is the 1460 hectare freshwater lake which shares its name with the town. The lake is ideal for boating, while fishing and camping are popular along its 20 kilometre shoreline which features picnic areas, BBQs and swimming beaches.
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