Mount Arapiles rises 140 meters above the Wimmera Plains and is one of the most well known rock climbing sites in the country. There are literally thousands of possible climbs amongst the cliffs and cracks of the mountain and many that are well known and have their own names. The mountain is 10 kms west of Natimuk
The monument celebrating the explorer Thomas Mitchell, the first European to climb the mountain in 1836. It is said that when Mitchell reached the summit it was the anniversary of his brother’s death during the Spanish Peninsula War and Mitchell named the mountain after the two hills that were fought for as part of the Battle of Salamanca, Los Arapiles.