Venue hire & events

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