When it comes to the things that matter most to you and your family the Pyrenees Shire has it covered. You will have a good range of education, health and community services close at hand, plus there is much to see and do across the Shire - ranging from wine and beer tasting to mountain biking and camping, monthly markets and family-friendly events.
As a bonus, the broader offerings of the cities of Ballarat and Ararat are both within a short distance of major Pyrenees townships. Even Melbourne is only a couple of hours drive away, or you can use the V/Line service instead with several train and/or coach services each day from Beaufort to Melbourne via Ballarat.
Education and lifelong learning
With seven primary schools, a secondary school, three pre-primaries, several playgroups and an active Family Day Care program, the Shire is well equipped to educate and care for your young family. In addition, there are a range of adult learning opportunities offered by the Beaufort Community House and Learning Centre, and Avoca’s University of the Third Age. The Shire’s two excellent Resource Centres in Beaufort and Avoca offer library services, computer/internet access, visitor information and a community meeting space.
Health and community care
The Beaufort Hospital and Avoca Nursing Home offer a range of GP, aged care and allied health services. In addition, Council-facilitated Maternal and Child Health support, plus Home and Community Care services, are available at locations across the Shire. Our neighbouring cities of Ballarat and Ararat are only 30 minutes to an hour drive from any Pyrenees community, so additional services are not far away when you need them.
Recreation and sport
The region caters for a wide variety of activities to support a healthy lifestyle, whatever your preferred form of recreation. Seasonal swimming facilities are located in Avoca, Beaufort and Landsborough; football, netball, cricket, tennis, basketball, golf, bowls, angling, pony club and dancing are also conducted throughout the Shire. For something a little unique, you could even try your hand at pétanque– or watch the experts at one of the regular pétanque tournaments held in Avoca.
Food and wine
The Pyrenees has long had a reputation for premium award-winning wines – why not unearth the genuine knowledge, passion and service of our local grapegrowers and winemakers by visiting one of the many cellar doors? There is also a good range of restaurants, hotels, cafes and bakeries to cater for every taste, plus even a local brewer making award winning beers. Have a look at http://www.visitpyrenees.com.au for more information on the shire's wineries.
While the larger retail stores of our neighbouring cities are never far away, local Pyrenees businesses provide some unique products that you won’t find anywhere else. Art, crafts, pottery, antiques and local food produce are some of the items you can expect, not to mention monthly country markets at Beaufort and Avoca. Both of the main towns also have your regular shopping and general service needs covered between the butcher, baker, supermarket, pharmacy, hardware store, post office, community bank and newsagent.
Festivals and events
Local communities are very active and host a wide range of events throughout the year including the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, race meetings at the Avoca Shire Turf Club, Waubra Community Festival, Pyrenees Arts Exhibition and Sale, Crowlands Film Society screenings, Moonambel Fireworks and Party in the Park, a celebration of local community spirit.
Arts and culture
For those with an interest in the arts, there are community-based arts organisations such as the Pyrenees Arts Council and Moonambel Events Inc. The region is home to a number of talented artists such as Kevin Free and Laurie McMurray.
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