Grampians(Melbourne) – where nature takes the lead

The Grampians has an interesting and contrasting landscape with country side beauty encompassing treasure trove of wineries, picture perfect farmland, spell- bound waterfalls and stunning lookouts. It is the fourth largest National Park (168,000 hectares) in Victoria which is surrounded by four of the best mountains: Mt Difficult range, Mt William range, Mt Serra and Mt Victoria range. It’s outstanding geological formation is a paradise backdrop to anyone visiting there. It is home to a diverse range of ecosystems with an abundance of native plants, birds and animals.  

MacKenzie falls (Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401) is a must visit when visiting the Grampians. You are sure to be wowed by the views of MacKenzie Falls. MacKenzie River from high above the gorge is a sight to behold. 

Burrong Falls is a cascading waterfalls, beautiful during rainy season, located on Rose Creek, Zumsteins VIC, Zumsteins VIC 3401.

Boroka lookout (Mount Difficult Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381) definitely doesn’t lack excellent views. The best scenery of Lake Bellfield is seen from here.

Lakeview lookout (Sundial Rd, Bellfield VIC 3381) is another lookout that you can’t miss. Looking down at the lake from far above is simply amazing.

Reed Lookout (OFF Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401), when you go further down Reed Look out you find Balconies. Called the Jaws of death which is popular spot for the photographers looking for a great photo in the national park. Look down at the incredible rock formations while you catch your breath after the 2km walk.

Close to halls gap is where the wonderland loop (Northern Grampians Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381) is found, it is famous for its lookouts, scenic drives and picnic grounds. Hiking through the heart of the Grampians wonderland is a true treasure for all hikers. The rugged pinnacle lookout (OFF Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401) is arguably the greatest photo opportunity through the wonderland loop.

If you are around that region Dunkeld is worth a visit. Dunkeld is in the Mt Sturgeon (Victoria Valley Road, Dunkeld VIC 3294) and to climb 252m above sea level to see the spectacular southern mountain with its awesome stretch of wonderful trek is a worthy challenge.

The indigenous rock arts in Grampians are estimated to be 20-30 thousand years old that gives insight into the rich indigenous culture. The concentrations of these rock arts as much as nearly 80% of them are found in the Grampian’s (Gariwerd). You find these ancient indigenous rock art in Bunjil shelter at
Bunjils Cave Rd, Black Range VIC 3381, Manja shelter at Goat Track, Glenisla VIC 3314 / Bilimina shelter at Goat Track, Glenisla VIC 3314 / Ngamadjidj shelter at Millar Road, Laharum VIC 3401, Gulgurn Manja Shelter at Grampians National park, Flat rocks road, Laharum VIC-3401.  

Grampians National Park holds one of the longest running food and wine festivals in Vicotoria,. Grampians grape escape is held over the first weekend of May in Halls Gap every year since its launch in 1992.

Grampians is where nature takes the lead.

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  • Grampians' outstanding geological formation is a paradise backdrop to anyone visiting there
  • Incredible rock formations at the Jaws of Death is a popular spot for photographers
  • Bunjil caves - indigenous rock arts in Grampians are estimated to be 20-30 thousand years old
  • Views of MacKenzie falls is a sight to behold especially from high above the gorge
  • Keep in mind, Halls gap is a very small town
  • Boroka lookout is another lookout you cant miss for its excellent views
  • The Grampians has it all - country side beauty, picture perfect farmland, spell- bound waterfalls and stunning lookouts
  • Wander through the wilderness keep an eye out for the native and unique animals
  • Adventurous Quad biking on the rough terrain is for the lovers of adventure and fun
  • The Grampians is where nature takes the lead
  • Apart from the beautiful cascading waterfalls, lookouts offer excellent views over the majestic regions
  • Grampians adventure mini golf, a challenging course set on a beautiful landscape is worth a visit
  • Take a leisurely stroll by the stunning picnic areas to enjoy the beautiful forest surrounding
  • You need to have certain degree of physical fitness to face the challenges of long walks, jagged slopes and climbs
  • Looking down from Sundial lookout at the Lake Bellfield from far above is simply amazing
  • Awesome stretch of wonderful trek is a worthy challenge

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National Park

Transport from Melbourne CBD

Grampians is located at Halls Gap approximately 250km or 3hr drive to the west from Melbourne CBD. Travelling by car is the easiest option.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

Visit Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner, if  you are planning to use public transport

Car Park 

Car parking isn’t a worry in Grampians, you can go close to the lookouts to park your car. Pinnacle lookout car park might get full during peak season.

 

Halls Gap Visitor Information centre

Located at 117-119 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381. Phone: 1800 065 599. Opening times: 9 am to 5 pm. Website details are http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Brambuk Cultural Centre

Brambuk Cultural Centre at 277 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381 for information on Rock art. Phone (03) 5361 4000. Opening times: 9 am to 5 pm. They also issue camping and fishing permits. There is a souvenir shop and a café.

Contact Brambuk culture center for more information on Geriwerd Dreaming theatre shows. Museum at the cultural centre has its own charm and ambience and photography isnt allowed here.

 

Opening times

Lookouts at Grampians doesn’t have any restrictions on opening and closing times.  Admission is free for walking tracks and lookouts. There is a cost for camping (per vehicle or number of people), fishing permits and all the other activities.

 

Age group

The attraction is suited to energetic young and old as you might have to have certain degree of physical fitness to face the challenges of long walks and jagged slopes and climbs.

Some of the activities are not suitable for anyone afraid of heights or who is not comfortable with steep gradients.

Less challenging walks, lookouts and activities are available to elderly and kids.

 

Activities: There are many different things to do at Grampian’s. There is a variety of camp grounds located in the area to enjoy beautiful forest surrounding your tent.

Take a leisurely stroll by the stunning picnic areas or wander through the wilderness keeping an eye out for the native and unique animals.

Challenging walks and trails as long as 150km, suitable for fit an energetic walkers.

Apart from the beautiful cascading waterfalls, lookouts offer excellent views over the majestic regions.

Overnight hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, Quad biking, mountain biking, canoeing and horse riding, fishing are available.

One of the highly rated activity for all ages is the Grampians Adventure Golf. It is a well-laid, challenging course set in a 2 acre beautiful landscape, quite different to the usual mini golf that you play regularly.

Adjacent to the Golf course is a limited collection of the MOCO Art Gallery, you can visit when time permits. Address: 475 – 481 Grampians Road, Halls Gap, Victoria-3381. Phone: (03) 5356 4664

 

Visit Duration & Best time to visit

A visit could take minimum a day, ideally 2-3days to see and fully experience the grandeur of the nature.

Best time to visit is between September to November as the beauty and the fragrance of wildflower bloom are extraordinary.

Always check the weather conditions and visit only when it is dry as the rocks are the smooth and becomes slippery when wet.

Check for any Fire bans in place, before setting off to national parks in summer as Victoria is prone to bush fires of various degree.

Food and Drink

Halls Gap town has some eateries to satisfy hunger. Choice isn’t much, but some motel restaurants have pretty good food and wine.

Brambuk Bush Tucker Café is a place you never want to miss if you are after exotic meats like emu, kangaroo, duck and even crocodile, located at the Brambuk cultural centre.

Services & Retail: The services and facilities available in Grampians are toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces, varying types of accommodation, newsagent, post office, ATM’s are available. Keep in mind, Halls gap is a very small town.

 

Near by sites: Halls Gap Zoo is a 5min drive from Halls gap. Mount Arapiles  (85km) from Halls gap is the best rock climbing destination in Victoria.

 

Things to note and safety tip

  • Always wear a well-fitting walking shoes with good grip, take plenty of water with you as there are no retail shops near the lookouts.
  • Given the size of Grampians, most important safety tip is to always stick to the marked walking trails if not chances of going deep into the forest and getting lost could be inevitable.
  • Rocks could be smooth and slippery and at times you might need to clamber to get through.
  • Taking a Headtorch will help as you keep both hands free in case to hold on to rocks, when you return after sunset.
  • Australia is famous for its deadly snakes, watch out your steps especially in summer months, as Grampians holds some dangerously venomous types.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Grampians National Park. Have read on the Park notes before setting out on your adventure.
  • As you may enjoy native animals in Grampians, beware to not run over them on the road.
  • Remember to download googlemaps offline before setting off to Grampians, phone signals are weak up in the mountains. Use satellite phone if possible.

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