The famous Grampians National Park, world renowned climbing mecca Mount Arapiles, the Black Range and Pyrnees Range, the volcanic plains in the Southern Grampians and the desert lands of the Wimmera, combine to make up this special place.
The park also known by its indigenous name Gariewerd, is 168,000 hectare renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking views not to mention boasting more than a third of Victoria’s flora and visitors delight in the active population of kangaroos, wallabies, emus, reptiles and birds.
It inspires us to get back to nature and rediscover our spirit of adventure. It’s the perfect place to step away from the daily grind and relax with the family.
Find some of Victoria's most stunning landscapes, along with fascinating history, sublime food and wine and buzzing regional centre’s in the Grampians region.
When it comes to walks and hikes there are many to choose from, for all capabilities, taking you to spectacular waterfalls, lookouts, rock formations and escarpments. For the more adventurous, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, fishing, canoeing, mountain bike riding, horse riding and four wheel driving experiences- all in picturesque settings- are easily accessible, and will have you returning year after year.
In Between the rocky peaks of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges in the heart of the Grampians National Park is Halls Gap, the perfect town to make your base while you explore nature, including the famous Pinnacle Lookout and Mackenzie Falls.
Gariwerd (Aboriginal name for Grampians) is pivotal to many ancient stories by Aboriginal communities in south-western Victoria. The region has the largest number of rock art sites in Southern Australia and over 80% of Victoria’s rock art sites. Five are open to the public.
You can learn about the region’s unique Aboriginal culture and history at Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural centre in Halls Gap. The centre’s building is extraordinary, with an undulating roof resembling the sweeping wings for a cockatoo. Surrounded by stunning views.
Explore the spectacular landscape of Southern Grampians dominated by the awe-inspiring Grampians mountain range, ancient volcanoes, tranquil rivers and waterfalls and quality wines and regional produce to tempt all the senses.
Hitting the open road with a caravan or heading off on a camping trip are perennial favourites for visitors to our region. With Southern Grampians’ accessibility and excellent road network, there are over 20 camping destinations available to the visitor ranging from full luxury holiday parks through to a 400 kilometre shoreline of pet-friendly free camping.
The village of Dunkeld has become a mecca for caravaners and campers alike seeking an alternate base for their Grampians experience. Whether pitching a tent at the Dunkeld Caravan Park or in the luxury of the nearly Hamilton Motor Village, visitors will be only minutes away from the majestic Mt Sturgeon, Mt Abrupt and Piccaniny walks, the award winning restaurant at the Royal Mail Hotel and the nearby emerging cool-climate Henty Wine Region showcasing highly acclaimed wines that are fast gaining popularity and are featured in many fine dining establishments nationally.
The western side of the Grampians is home to one of Victoria’s largest inland waterways, Rocklands Reservior, and villages of Cavendish and Balmoral.
The Black Range State Park (Burrunj) provides habitat for a range of native, rare and threatened plant species. It’s a mus-visit for birdwatchers because its home to more than 100 bird species, with re-necked wallabies and kangaroos also abundant in the area.
If its regional centers or villages you want to explore the Grampians region has it all.
As the gateway to the Grampians Ararat is the only town in Australia to be founded by Chinese miners, who discovered gold in 1857. A visit to Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre delves into this fascinating past. Other key attractions in Ararat include the chilling J Ward, that was home to Victoria’s criminally insane or take a daytime or night time tour of Aradale a former psychiatric asylum.
The Northern Grampians is home to the wine village of Great Western. Seppelts, Bests and Grampians Estate wineries continue to make this town famous for its premium wines, winning international accolades and attracting around 60,000 visitors per year. Tours of the Seppelt Winery's underground 'drives' are one of the region's most popular activities, while the slab hut of Bests Vineyard is one of the area's historic highlights.
The historic gold mining town of Stawell is the closest major commercial centre to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park – just a short 20 minute drive and makes the ideal base to explore the natural attractions.
Horsham is a thriving city with great cafes and cultural experience.
In the shadows of the visually appealing Grampians range is the Wartook Valley. Wartook Valley is rich in aboriginal heritage and has the oldest olive groves in Australia.
In the distance the rugged Mount Arapiles stands out from the Wimmera plains as a fascinating rock monolith attracting attracting rock climbers from around the world. The views from the top are spectacular.
On your way to Mount Arapiles is the quaint town of Natimuk. This town is growing with many artists and rock climbers now becoming part of the fabric of the community.
The Pyrenees region is blessed with history, wine, environment and nature and is the perfect destination for a weekend away. It has over 25 cellar doors to choose from, some wineries are accompanied by cafes, restaurants and accommodation and all offer superb wines, from sweet sparkling to rich reds.
Avoca is creates a great shopping point, Moonambel is nestled beneath the stunning Pyrenees Ranges and is fast becoming one of the most loved wine regions!
Beaufort is popular for its old world charm and impressive array of taste sensations that are waiting to be discovered. Whether you enjoy traditional country pub meals or a café with footpath dining offering award winning coffee, in Beaufort you are spoilt for choice.