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Mount Arapiles, Grampians

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Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises about AHD above the Wimmera plains in western Victoria, Australia. It is located in Arapiles approximately west of the town of Natimuk and is part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Arapiles is a very popular destination for rock climbers due to the quantity and quality of climbs. It is one of the premier climbing sites in Australia along with the nearby Grampians. The Aboriginal name for Arapiles is Djurite.HistoryEarly historyThe Djurid Balud Aboriginal clan inhabited the nearby area for thousands of years prior to the European colonisation of Australia. They used the mountain's hard sandstone for making various stone tools, and found shelter in its many gullies and small caves. Following European settlement in the mid-1840s, the Djurid Balud were displaced from the area, leading to the breaking up of the clan. The loss of the resources that the mountain provided, the ravages of European disease, and armed clashes with the settlers were all contributing factors. By the early 1870s, the last of the Djurid Balud had been relocated to mission stations. Some of their descendants still live in the area and there are also a number of archaeological sites nearby. Indeed, a survey of Mount Arapiles in 1992 located no fewer than 42 Aboriginal archaeological sites, including "quarries" for hard stone for implements, scarred trees and rock art sites.
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  • Not hard to find and easy to get to. Better known for abseiling, you can drive almost to the top and there is a short walk up. Fantastic views east towards Horsham, north to the Little Desert and west...  more »
  • If you enjoy scenery, rock formations or walking take the time to come from the Grampians or the Melbourne-Adelaide highway to Mt.Arapalies. The sign from the Natimuk Road is small, so make sure to se...  more »
  • My Girl friend and I visited this site today and what a magical place it is, the 360 degree view of the Wimmera. A great place to go the beautiful scenery, lovely location either from the top or the b...  more »