Ararat’s mix of large, national retailers and small boutiques make this a shopper’s paradise! The big names, including a full-line Safeway, Country Target, IGA, Cheap as Chips, Dimmeys, Retravision, Mitre 10 and Aldi, sit happily alongside small, locally-owned business (120+) – all within easy walking distance of one another.

Home renovators will not be disappointed with the caliber and range of hardware and nursery outlets on offer.

The home gourmet will thrill to the range of fresh, regional produce available. A farmers’ market beneath the century-old oaks of Alexandra Gardens heralds the onset of each new season. Fresh regional produce on offer includes wine, olives and olive oils, organic herbs, fruits and vegetables, home-baked cakes, breads, poultry, free range eggs, jams and preserves and much more.