With its ancient mountain ranges, natural flora and fauna, rivers, waterfalls and stunning views, the Grampians National Park is a magnet for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world.
If you’re in search of adventure in Victoria, there’s no better destination. From abseiling, rock climbing, bushwalking and cycling to wildlife, native plants, delicate wildflowers and ancient Aboriginal rock art, there’s a lifetime’s worth of experiences waiting to be discovered.
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Halls Gap is the perfect place to start your adventure in the Grampians. This small town has plenty of accommodation options, plus delicious food and drink to indulge in between adventures. There’s bushwalking trails for all ages and abilities, plus fishing, kayaking and swimming in the lakes, waterways and reservoirs. Spots like Rocklands Reservoir and Taylors Lake are ideal for catching redfin and trout, while Lake Fyans and Lake Bellfield are perfect for kayaking and camping along the waterside.
Near Halls Gap is the stunning Boroka Lookout point. From here, you can see spectacular views of popular sites like the Wonderland Range, Mt William Range and Fyans Valley, along with the lakes and plains to the east of the Grampians. From the car park it’s an easy walk to the lookout, meandering through open stringybark forest to the two viewing platforms.
Cascading into the beautiful MacKenzie River, the MacKenzie Falls are among the most picturesque spots in the Grampians. It’s one of the most impressive waterfalls in Victoria and among the easiest to visit thanks to an excellent viewing platform at the Bluff Lookout, which provides sweeping views of the waterfall and surrounding landscapes.
On the eastern slope of the Mount William range is the small village of Pomonal. From nature walks to vineyard visits, this is the destination for those who really like to get stuck into their surroundings. The area is noted for its orchids and wildflowers – the annual Wildflower Festival is a must-see if you’re travelling through the area in October. And nearby, the famous Pomonal Tunnel Walking Track takes explorers past a historic water tunnel, offering excellent views of the Serra Range and wildflowers growing in the valleys along the way.
Once home to sheep grazers, Great Western earned its spot on the map during the gold rush. Today though, it’s famous for an entirely different reason. Known for producing some of the best wines in Australia, no visit to the Grampians would be complete without a visit to one of the many Great Western vineyards. Stop off for a night, sample some delicious tipples and see the local winemakers in action.
See history come to life at the incredible rock shelters where indigenous Australians once camped and painted the stories of their lives on the sandstone walls. One such place is the Billimina Shelter; this massive rock overhang served as a meeting place and is covered in thousands of motifs. Visit this and the Buandik Falls to discover more about the Jardwadjali people who called this area home – from the Buandik picnic area you can follow the stream roughly a kilometre to the site.
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