The Grampians, VIC: Destination Guide

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Breathe in the fresh country air and embrace a rugged landscape in the picturesque and history steeped Grampians National Park.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in the Grampians or find and book accommodation in the Grampians today.

About the Grampians

The Grampians, also known by its Aboriginal name 'Gariwerd', is a mountainous range in western Victoria that's ever popular with tourists. The breathtaking region is a canvas of rugged peaks, rushing waterfalls, picturesque foliage, and curious wildlife, and offers a rich history to uncover and explore. Evidence of the mid January 2014 bushfires that swept through the Grampians region is visible throughout the national park, but the resilient region has continued to flourish, with new growth and new life reclaiming the ranges.

Things to do in the Grampians

The Grampians is well known as a nature lovers paradise, owing to its bushwalking tracks, native wildlife, scenic lookouts and beathtaking landscape. Explore deep into the Grampians region's parks and be rewarded with the sight of stunning waterfalls and the deafening roar of torrents of water cascading over ancient rock formations. Step out and explore the Grampians region's spectacular natural beauty on foot via one of the many signposted walking trails, and immerse yourself in the impressive native flora and fauna. The Grampians is also rich in indigenous culture, and contains the largest number of rock art sites in southern Australia, including five sites that are open to the public.

The region is also well known for its wine country, and is best known form its purple and spicy Shiraz. You can drop into cellar doors and chat to proprietors about the wide selection of varietals available in the region, from crisp Rieslings to light Chardonnays. If you’re looking for boutique wines head to the Pyrenees and tuck into a cheese platter, or visit the historic wine village of Great Western, which is known as the birthplace of sparkling wine.

Attractions in the Grampians

Halls Gap

Situated in the heart of the Grampians Natural Park, Halls Gap is the hub of the Grampians. From caravan sites to luxury cabins, it offers a range of accommodation options, with the bonus of being surrounded by inquisitive animals throughout your stay. As well as a surplus of walking tracks dotted around the National Park, there are also the activities including canoeing, fishing and bird watching, as well as a trip to the Halls Gap Zoo or a round of golf at Grampians Adventure Golf to be slotted in.

Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre

Discover the region’s rich history at the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, situated just outside Halls Gap. The building has an undulating roof mirroring the wings of a cockatoo and features a café, shop and information centre, where you can find advice on suitable walks for your party. The centre is 100 per cent owned and operated by Aboriginal people, and is the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Australia. Come in and learn about the culture of the Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria through multimedia shows, art exhibitions, cultural talks and more.

Royal Mail Hotel

Dine out on a meal you won't forget at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. Book a ten-course degustation at the reputed country pub, or enjoy a meal at the bistro with Mt Sturgeon looming large. The cuisine focuses of quality local produce, and has been awarded two hats by The Age Good Food Guide.

Stawell

The closest commercial centre to Halls Gap, Stawell is famous for hosting the Stawell Gift, which was first run in 1878. It has maintained a lot of its historic architecture, which can be admired on the Stawell Cultural Heritage Trail, including the Town Hall, the old court house museum and historic railway.

Getting to the Grampians

The Grampians National Park is 260km north-west of Melbourne and can be accessed via major highways

By car

The Grampians is a three hour drive Melbourne along Natioanl Highways M8 and A8, and a five and a half hour drive from Adelaide via National Highway A8.

When to visit the Grampians

While enjoyable all year round, spring is a partciularly enjoyable time to visit. Over 1,000 species of wildflower are in bloom at this time, and a vast population of kangaroos and wallabies are right at your front door. 

Where to stay in the Grampians

There are a variety of campgrounds in the Grampians National Park and there are some beautiful spots along the 4WD-only Coppermine Track. For more accommodation options in the Grampians, click here.

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