Culture and heritage
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Prior to European settlement, the Ararat region was occupied by Aboriginal people of Parn Balug clan. This was one of over 40 clans comprising the Djab Wurrung language group whose territory covered a large part of south-west Victoria, including portions of the Grampians.
With the arrival of the first squatters and their flocks in the early 1840s, the Parn Balug's traditional lifestyle, social and cultural structures were affected by disease and conflict and their numbers rapidly declined.
Gold was discovered at Ararat in 1857. The park contains relics of gold mining activity including shallow mine shafts, a mining dam and water races.