If you want to discover the Grampians, consider that they can be reached from the East – Melbourne, or the west – Adelaide, by a vehicle. Driving from Melbourne, however, might be more appealing. The road takes the travellers through many interesting places, and there is one you should definitely stop by – Ballarat. The town`s history is tied to gold and made more prominent by the Eureka Stockade rebellion.
Ballarat has been re-created and turned into an even more glorious place; well-preserved historic buildings classified by the National Trust, gorgeous gardens, art galleries, museums, vibrant city centre and great accommodation choice.
There are countless attractions for families and children and fascinating sites for all history admirers in this prosperous regional city that has become a popular weekend destination for both the Australians and foreign visitors.
THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK
The Grampians National Park is one of the most magnificent nature reserves in Australia and one of the most photographed ones. The unspoiled region attracts nature admirers and mountaineers as there are countless options for outdoor activities. On your journey, you don’t really discover the Grampians, unless you have a stop here.
A large network of walking and mountain biking trails throughout the park allows the visitors to explore cascading waterfalls, seasonal wildflowers, and enjoy panoramic views. Boulderers and rock climbers travel to the Grampians all year round, for the national park provides excellent conditions, even for experts.
For food and wine lovers, there are lovely estates with cellar doors that will please all gourmets.
Motorists can enjoy numerous scenic drives with spectacular lookouts, fans of water sports have plentiful lakes and rivers to choose from and try some water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, boating or fishing, and for those who are after some history and art the area has a rich Aboriginal Heritage and some important rock art sites.
The Grampians National Park offers a fantastic holiday package for any traveller and holidaymaker.
Halls Gap is the major holiday hub in the Grampians and a great base for all trip in throughout a year. Whether travelling from Adelaide or Melbourne, the getaway to Halls Gap is Stawell. This old gold-rush town is worth to stop by before heading to Halls Gap, for its gold mining heritage sites.
Right after entering the national park, the drivers will be rewarded by the impressive scenery, as the road leads through the so-called “Wonderland Area.” Halls Gap truly is a wonderland for every nature enthusiast.
Located in the beautiful Fyans Valley, it is rather a smallish town within the reserve with various accommodation options and good facilities, including the visitor’s centre, shops, cafes, restaurants, campgrounds and picnic grounds and frequent events.
POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE GRAMPIANS
BEST WALKING TRACKS IN THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK
1. Starting at the Halls Gap township: Fyans Creek Loop (2.5 km/1 hr return), Venus Bath Loop (2km/30 min return,) Boronia Peak (8 km/ 3 hrs return), Chautauqua Peak (5.6 km/2hrs return), Clematis Falls (2.4 km/1 hr return), The Pinnacle Lookout (7 km/3 hrs return)
2.Starting at the Sundial car park/near Halls Gap: the Pinnacle (4km/1-2 hrs return), Sundial Peak (4 km/ 1-2 hrs return), Silent Street Loop (3 km/1 hr loop), Viewpoint (4.5 km/2 hrs return)
3. Other popular trails within the national park: Mt Sturgeon (7km/3 hrs return), Mt Wiliam (3.6 km/1.5 hrs return), Mt Abrupt (6.3 km/3 hrs return)
THE CENTRAL GRAMPIANS SCENIC DRIVE
The Central Grampians Scenic Drive is perfect for travellers who are tight on time, and wish to explore the region in a day or two, but also cyclists. The circuit takes about 1 hour, and it covers the major natural attractions and lookouts in the national park.
Start in the township of Halls Gap and let the road takes you through striking landscapes and lookouts, including Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout, the Balconies, MacKenzie Falls, Zumsteins, Silverband Falls, Splitters Falls and Halls Gap.
The route can be extended by Lake Bellfield, Moora Moora Reservoir (via Serra Rd), Zumsteins (via Rose Creek Rd), Wartook Reservoir (via Mt Difficult Rd), Halls Gap (via Mt Victory Rd) and it can be easily completed in 1 day.
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HOW LONG TO STAY
The Grampians National Park is a relatively small, area that can be explored in a few days, including bushwalking and tours.
Many holidaymakers stay for a week or two but if you are only passing by 2-3 days will be just perfect.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit the Grampians is summer (pleasant temperatures, swimming, bushwalking, and good views). However, to avoid crowds try not to travel during the Australian summer school holidays (mid-Dec-early Feb) and summer weekends.
We believe that the ideal time to visit is Mar-May and Sep-Nov.
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