Welcome to the St Arnaud Festival Website
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016
Message from the Festival Director, Greg Murray
I'm sure there will be something for everyone at this year's Festival, our 20th, and thanks to our sponsors, supporters and committee for the effort which goes into putting St Arnaud and districts on show.
St Arnaud is a picturesque town in the Goldfields, 60 minutes drive west from Bendigo, 70 minutes drive north of Ballarat. We are about a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne, so why not make a day trip up here! There are plenty of places to stay if you are thinking of exploring the area.
Pronounced St Ar-nad, not the French way (we are in Australia!) the town St Arnaud was named after a Crimean war 'hero', Jacques le Roy de Saint Arnaud, a French commander who had a great victory at the time the township was established. Several of our local streets are named after successful war commanders of the era. There are several sculptures in the town portraying St Arnaud at the time of his victory.