North-western Victoria is extremely variable: in the Grampian Ranges, steep granite cliff faces offer sweeping views across lakes, valleys and townships; in the Little Desert National Park, pancake-flat scrubland and fields of bright wildflowers abound at the right time of year. Read on to discover why The Grampians makes for great touring.
The Gold Rush came to the Grampians in a big way. The town of Ararat was founded by a hundreds-strong group of Chinese fortune seekers, and evidence of many a man’s dream lost or realised dots much of the surrounding area in the form of abandoned mine shafts.
Apart from sampling local cheeses, Mount Zero olives and fine dining in the Grampians region, you can also take a flavoursome journey along the Great Grape Road. Tour the underground cellars of Great Western’s Seppelt Winery and taste your way through Best’s, Montara, and Mt Langi Ghiran.
If easy walks with spectacular views sound to your taste, then the Grampians National Park will suit perfectly. If you’d rather seek out wildflowers in arid and semi-arid bushland, then head north to Little Desert National Park.
The Aboriginal presence in the Grampians is ancient and enduring. The local indigenous population, which know the region as Gariwerd, has a rich culture that’s especially accessible at the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, near to which are around 60 rock-art sites, as well as oven mounds and evidence of tool-making.
Start your exploration of the Grampians in Horsham, the capital of the Wimmera, ideally situated north of the Grampians National Park and south of the Little Desert National Park, and with a well maintained golf course.
For more information on caravan parks and holiday accommodation in The Grampians, visit our Grampians region guide.