The Rod Run is part of the Jailhouse Rock Festival, so the whole town is alive with things to see and do. As a consequence accomodation is at a premium over the weekend so book early. You can Freecall the Ararat & Grampians Accomodation Booking Service on 1800 657 158 and they will help you.
And yes there is in fact an old jail house in Ararat, gee I wordered why they called it that?!
The last weekend of March, for 2002 this is 21st -24th
6pm - 9pm Registration - Ararat Town Hall
7.30pm - 8.30pm Bench Session/Happy hour
9pm - Late Runnin' on Empty Cruise of Main Street
Town Hall - Lindi Hop, featuring Swing Patrol (Entry Fee)
Sausage Sizzle available (gold coin donation)
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9am - 11.30am Registration - Rex Hotel
9am - 10.30am Breakfast in Barkly Street, discount vouchers supplied
11.30am - Cruise to Seppelts Great Wester for Spit Roast Lunch (supplied)
1.30pm Cellar Tour
7pm - 8pm Cafe Style Dinner available for small cost at the Hard Rock Cafe, Ararat Community College. Bus pick-up available
8.30pm - Late Rock and Roll Dance at Ararat Community College featuring Shadoogie
9am - 10.30am Breakfast at Alexandra Oval (supplied) - wrist bands required
9am - 1.30pm Rock Extravaganza, Alexandra Oval featuring live bands, Rock and Roll Dancing, Rocker Cover Races, Classic Car Show, Hot Rod Show and Shine
Free Entry - Includes complimentary entry J Ward, monster market and stationary engine display, plus much more!
How to get there
From Melbourne; head out on the Tullamarine Freeway, and onto the Calder Highway, follow this all the way to Ballarat. Ararat is the next major town on from Ballarat, follow the new freeway which now by-passes the town and Ararat is another 92 K's on. It's 202 K's from Melbourne to Ararat and the trip takes about 2 and a half hours.
Who to contact
20 McLellan Street Ararat VIC 3377
Phone: 03 5352 4466
or Terill Pokolke 03 5352 1100
Route Map to Ararat
Map of Ararat