Please note: This footage filmed in 2014 only shows some highlights of the area. There may be certain changes in the area namely the return of water to the lakes and wetlands in the region. Enjoy a small taste of what West Wimmera has to offer.

Discover Goroke

Travelling from Frances in South Australia to the world renowned rock climbing mecca of Mount Arapiles, you will come across the pleasant township of Goroke, with a population of 200.

Situated on the edge of the Goroke State Forest, this is the perfect area for nature based tourists to enjoy four wheel driving, bird watching and bush walking through the beautiful untamed country joining the Little Desert National Park.

East of Goroke the 'Duff ' monument commemorates the finding of Jane Duff and her brothers Isaac and Frank after nine days lost in the bush in 1864 (with the great assistance of one of the international Aboriginal Cricket Team members and black tracker, Dick-a-Dick).

The Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, a unique and wonderful two days entertainment, is held on the banks of Lake Charlegrark annually on the third weekend of February. Huge crowds travel long distances to listen to some of our country's finest Country Music musicians.

Enjoy nearby wetlands including Lake Charlegrark, (a favourite with water sports enthusiasts and famous for its record size Murray Cod) and Lake Ratzcastle, both delightful peaceful and tranquil natural lakes in bush settings, where you can stay-awhile either in local accommodation or camping under the stars. If it's fishing, yabbying and water sports that's your passion this is a must for you! Another picturesque lake nearby is Big Booroopki, and when it is holding water it is excellent for fishing and yabbying.

The rural districts of Neuarpurr, Minimay and Peronne produce 20% of the World's and 80% of Australia's white clover seed. The area is also renowned for canola, chickpea, barley, tricicale, potato, onion and carrot production.

Places to Stay

Goroke Apex Accommodation Park
Main Street
Ph: 0429 672 791
Lake Charlegrark Caravan Park
Lake Charlegrark, Minimay
Ph: 03 5386 6281
Lake Charlegrark Cottages
4532 Edenhope Kaniva Road, Minimay
Ph: 03 5386 6281
Mobile: 0428 866 281
Langley Lodge
Natimuk Frances Road, Minimay
Ph: 03 5386 6265

Places to Eat

Mitchell's Newsagent and Takeaway
Main Street
Ph: 03 5386 1074
Minimay General Store
Main Street
Ph: 03 5386 6220


  • Shopping Centre: Main Street contains a supermarket, post office, newsagent, takeaway, antiques and most essential supplies.
  • Service Station: Petrol, LPG, Diesel and repairs.
  • Medical Services: Community Health Centre with resident District Nurses and visiting doctors.
  • Internet and Email Access: Available at Mitchell's Newsagent and Takeaway.
  • Sporting: Bowling greens, swimming pool (seasonal), football, netball and tennis.
  • Golf Course: 18 hole sand scrapes (winter only). Situated next to Goroke State Forest.Telephone 03 5386 1053 for event details.
  • Public Toilets: Situated in Main Street.

Things to do

  • The War Memorial - a tribute to our local "diggers"
  • Gateway to the Little Desert - 4 wheel driving and bush walking
  • Look for the famous Malleefowl in the Little Desert National Park
  • Discover the wildflowers and orchids in the spring
  • Try fishing and yabbying at Lake Ratzcastle and local wetlands
  • Swimming, boating and fishing at Lake Charlegrark


  • February - Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon
  • October - Goroke A&P Show

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