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About Horsham 

Horsham is a vibrant town located on the banks of the Wimmera River. The largest city in this wheat-growing and sheep-grazing district, Horsham is known for its lively arts scene and natural attractions. The town’s commercial centre bustles with cafes, restaurants and cultural attractions and is surrounded by sweeping pastoral land and colourful fields of wildflowers.


Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Horsham Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Horsham region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Horsham region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!






Distance to Melbourne

300km. Approximately a 3.5-hour drive.



Median house price: $255,000

Median house rent: $270 p/w

Median unit price: $258,750

Median unit rent: $230 p/w

Arts, culture and events 

The stunning surrounds of Horsham have been immortalised by renowned painters, Sidney Nolan and Nicholas Chevalier, whose work can be seen at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Housed in the architecturally striking Horsham Town Hall, it’s recognised as one of the most inclusive and progressive galleries in regional Victoria. The gallery contains a nationally significant, permanent collection of Australian photography. Next door, there’s a theatre where you can enjoy plays, opera, live music and children’s performances. Horsham has a dynamic calendar of world-class events, with highlights including the Horsham Country Music Festival, the Spring Garden Festival and the Art is…Festival, a fun event that celebrates community arts.

Food and wine scene 

Horsham’s town centre has no shortage of tantalising eateries to choose from. Locals love the Cheeky Fox for its aromatic coffee and Conway’s for its hearty country pies baked to traditional family recipes. You won’t be able to resist Thai Basil for its authentic Thai flavours and Bonnie and Clyde’s for the best pizza and pasta in town. Venture just out of town and experience the cellar doors of nearby wineries, including award-winning Norton Estate and Barangaroo Boutique Wines.

Family Fun 

Local Horsham families are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks and playgrounds. A particular favourite is the picturesque Horsham Botanic Gardens. Designed by William Guilfoyle (the curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne), its eight acres of beautifully manicured lawns and stunning flowerbeds make a perfect picnic spot, plus there’s a fun children’s playground as well. The area has its own tenpin bowling alley, mini golf and cinema centre. For a more action-packed day out, Horsham’s home to the annual Australian and World Junior Motocross Championships.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Just a short drive from Horsham is the stunning Grampians National Park, famed for its walking tracks, sparkling waterfalls and stunning scenic lookouts. Visit Gulgurn Manja, at the tip of the park, to see awe-inspiring Aboriginal rock paintings. A little further out of town is Mount Arapiles, one of Australia’s best rock-climbing destinations. Climb a peak and stay to watch the sunset over the endless plains of the Wimmera and Grampians. Horsham also offers a range of sports at local clubs with first-rate facilities:

• Horsham Aquatic Centre – gym and five swimming pools
• Horsham Golf Club
• Horsham and District Racing Club


You’ll love Horsham’s regular country markets, selling everything from art and craft and bric-a-brac, to seasonal produce and gourmet delights. In town you’ll find shopping easy with major supermarkets and specialty stores as well as characterful independent shops, perfect for something a little more unique.


Horsham is served by several major highways, with regional trains and buses connecting to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy. V/Line trains travel regularly to Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.

Health and community services 

Horsham’s comprehensive range of health services include numerous private practices, a bulk-billing clinic and Wimmera Base Hospital.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of seven schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: St Michael and St John School (Co-ed P-6 Catholic), Holy Trinity Lutheran College (Co-ed P-10), St Brigid’s College (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic), Horsham College (Co-ed 7-12).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.