J Ward is now open for fully vaccinated visitors. You will be required to present proof of vaccination upon entry. Online bookings are preferred as group sizes are limited.

Venue hire

Ararat's most unusual and interesting venue.

Built of bluestone, the gaol/asylum still contains the original cells and offers the possibility of many unique experiences.

J Ward can host large numbers and provide catering for a variety of functions. Entertainment can be added to your event with a day/night or ghost tour.

Cell Block Hire

  • weddings
  • dinners
  • lunches
  • plays
  • school socials

An commercial kitchen is available to support any event.

Cell Block, Lower Level
Photo: Darren West

Conference Room Hire

The upstairs Conference Room, displaying Aradale Asylum exhibits has all the facilities of a modern conference room.It can accommodate 60 participants in theatre style seating and 40 around tables.

Conference Room