The Grampians

Grampians National Park, 235 km west of Melbourne, is an area of valleys, mountains and woodlands set amid three stark and spectacular ridges of upthrust sandstone. Some 90 kilometres in length and rising in peaks to a height of 1070 metres, it is the perfect place for camping, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, driving, cycling, rock climbing.

Halls Gap and Grampian Visitor Information Centre
Grampians Road, Halls Gap, Victoria 3381
Ph: (03) 5356 4444 / 1800 065 599

The town of Halls Gap is the tourist centre for the mountains. Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre, at Halls Gap - has a comprehensive range of visitors material including maps and park guides.
Swimming, angling, and boating are popular on Lake Wartook.
All sections of the Grampians offer fascinating walks for the nature lover - and some challenging country for rock climbers - but less energetic visitors are well catered for with good access roads from the surrounding towns of Dunkeld, Stawell and Horsham, which give access to the many lookouts, waterfalls, picturesque vistas and Aboriginal art sites found within The Grampians.

The Best Time To Visit
Spring and summer - in these seasons, thousands of hectares are clothed with brilliant heaths, flowering peas, wild fuchsias, boronia, thryptomene, ground orchids and wattle.


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How to get there
By car: The 260 km drive from Melbourne along the Western or Glenelg Highways takes about 3.5 hours. There are approaches to Halls Gap (Vic Roads Touring Guide 56-A4) via Stawell, Ararat, Horsham or Dunkeld.

What to wear and take if walking/hiking

Stout comfortable walking boots or shoes are essential, even for the short walks. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and light clothing can be useful even in winter (north of the divide) but night are often cold and frosty, so take adequate sleeping bags and warm clothing if camping. In the south and in the mountains it can be cool and wet even in summer - so pack a waterproof parka.
Camping areas in the parks and reserves are generally some distance from towns and shops, so you will need food supplies and a way to keep them fresh. Torches are always handy, as is a camp stove or barbecue. Remember that dead wood on the ground is habitat for many creatures, so use as little firewood as possible. Water supplies are available at most camp sites, as are toilets.

Things To See and Do

Scenery

There are far too many scenic attractions to list all of them here. These are our favourite Must-See places:
Reed Lookout: From this lookout there are panoramic views over the Victoria Valley and to Lake Wartook. The 2km easy return walk to The Balconies starts from Reed Lookout Carpark. There are no picnic or toilet facilities at this site.

MacKenzie Falls: The track to the base of MacKenzie Falls is relatively inaccessible due to steep sections, but MacKenzie Falls Loop Walk is a wheelchair accessible track beginning at the car park and winding through the bush to a viewing platform overlooking the Falls. The picnic area has a kiosk, picnic benches and accessible toilets.

Lake Bellfield (5 km from Halls Gap): a pleasant spot for swimming and picnicking in the summer months. Power boats are permitted but have restrictions on size and engine power. Canoeing, sailing or yachting across the expanse of the lakes offers unobstructed views of the mountain ranges. Fishing is allowed.

Boroka Lookout
Boroka Lookout: The track to Boroka Lookout from the car park is sealed, and is 100 metres return. The view is highly recommended, and although there is a constant gradient, accessibility is good. This track is detailed in the "Wheelchair Accessible Tracks" booklet, available at Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre. Access to toilets is via a sealed path with a short steep gradient.

Beehive Falls

Beehive Falls can be reached from the Beehive Falls Carpark, Roses Gap road. The walk is 2.8km return and will take 1-1.5 hours. This gently undulating walk is spectacular during the spring wildflower season. The falls are best viewed after rain.

The Balconies

The Balconies: one of the most famous spots in the Grampians and consist of a particularly distinctive rock formation jutting out from a sheer cliff face. There are fantastic panoramic views of the Victoria Valley. The easy walk to the lookout takes you through beautiful gum tree forests; keep a lookout for wildflowers in spring.

Mount William

Known within the gliding community as the epicentre of the 'Grampians Wave', a weather phenomenon enabling glider pilots to reach extreme altitudes above 28,000ft. This predominantly occurs during the months of May, June, September and October when strong westerly winds flow at right angles to the ridge, and produce a large-scale standing wave.


Highlights

Aboriginal Heritage: For many thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived in the Grampians, and they named their mountain home Gariwerd. Today many Aboriginal art sites have been identified in and around the National Park. Several art sites are open to the public and all are easily accessible.
In the wild: The Grampians are rich in native flora and fauna - herds of acclimatised deer roam the hills and duck-billed platypuses still inhabit the streams - the form and mood of these mountains is different from any other in Australia.
Of the 395 species of indigenous birds identified in Victoria, more than 100 have been reported in The Grampians. In the Victoria and Wartook Valleys kangaroos range in mobs of up to 50 and several koala colonies have established themselves near Halls Gap. Duck-billed platypuses still inhabit the streams. There are also herds of acclimatized deer in the hills. However, it is for wildflowers that The Grampians are famous. More than 700 species of flowering plants have been catalogued in the area. The higher tops carry only harsh, scrubby vegetation and heaths and the forests at lower levels have been and continue to be repeatedly ravaged by bushfires, but the region is nevertheless rich in flora and fauna.

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