General information



The Grampians Region covers the area from Bacchus Marsh in the east to the South Australian border in the west, and from Patchewollock in the north to Lake Bolac in the south. It is a geographically diverse and home to stunning parks, rolling hills, historic villages and vibrant cities.  It includes the major regional centre of Ballarat and smaller communities of Horsham, Stawell Daylesford, Edenhope, Great Western, Hopetoun, Kaniva, Nhill, St Arnaud, Warracknabea and Ararat.

The Grampian region currently has approximately 220,880 residents, with the population concentrated in the east of the region, with more than half living in Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh.

The Grampians Region covers an area of 47,980 square kilometres.


Grampians contains eleven municipalities:

    Regional Ethnic Communities’ Councils/Migrant Resource Centres:

    Diversity in the Region

    The culutrally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population of the Grampians Region is reasonably small. At the 2011 Census, only 4.3 per cent of the total population of 220,880 persons were born in non-English speaking countries (NESCs); and only 3.7 per cent speak a language other than English (LOTE) at home. Italian is the main LOTE in the region with 707 speakers, followed by German (483 speakers), Mandarin (482 speakers) and Dutch (374 speakers).

    Language spoken at home, Grampians

    Language spoken at home



    English 203,625 92.2%
    LOTE 8,100 3.7%
    Not stated 9,153 4.1%
    Total 220,878 100%

    ABS 2011 Census data.

    Country of birth, Grampians

    Country of birth



    Australia 190,227 86.1%
    Overseas* 19,872 9%
       Main English speaking countries 10,470 4.7%
       Main non-English speaking countries 9,452 4.3%
    Not stated 10,781 4.9%
    Total 220,880 100%

    *Main and non Main English speaking countries including Inadequately Described, At Sea and Not Elsewhere Classified. ABS 2011 Census data.

    Proficiency in Spoken English by Grampians Region, Victoria, 2011 Census

    English proficiency

    Grampians Region

    Speaks English only 203,622
    Speaks another language and speaks English
       Very well 5,322
       Well 2,120
       Not well 734
       Not at all 281
       Not stated - (both language and proficiency not stated) 8,648
       Not stated - (language stated, proficiency not stated) 149
    Total Persons 220,876

    ABS 2011 Census data.

    Useful information links for the Grampians Region

    For a regional snapshot of the Grampians go to

    LGA Regional Profiles:

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      Cultural Day

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    • 17 Aug

      Devotional Melodies by Surya Gayathri

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    • 25 Aug

      Music that Leaps and Bounds: presented by Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra

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      Pt. Birju Maharajji Live in Concert

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