Located in the north west of Victoria, The Grampians is the ideal destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike; thanks to its lush scenery, array of local wildlife and the beautiful landscape. Here we take a look at some of The Grampians greatest spots:
Spectacular Scenic Lookouts
Choose between an easy/medium walk from Sundial Carpark, or challenge yourself to a hike through the Grand Canyon from Wonderland Carpark. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Halls Gap and the Grampians’ many peaks.
Drive up Mt Difficult Road to discover one of the best lookouts in the Grampians. Take a very short walk from the carpark to the lookout platform and enjoy 180 degree views looking over Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield.
You can choose to take the steep hike to the base of Mackenzie Falls, or take an easier alternative wheelchair friendly path to a viewing platform at the Bluff. Water cascades over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge.
Halls Gap Zoo
Exhibiting more than 150 native and exotic mammals including monkeys, red pandas, bison and even a giraffe; Halls Gap Zoo is Victoria’s largest regional zoo and offers an enjoyable day out for all ages!
Brambuk – The National Park & Cultural Centre
Discover the culture of the Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria via multimedia shows, art exhibitions, cultural tours and a host of great activities. You can also get all of the vital tourist information you need from the centre.
J Ward Museum
Visited by over 10,000 people a year, this is the premier tourist venue in Ararat. Starting its life as a goldfields prison in 1859, the prison buildings were acquired in the mid 1880s (when the gold ran out), as temporary housing for the criminally insane. Take a guided tour and discover the fascinating history of the building.
World Class Wineries
As The Grampians is home to some of the world’s oldest vines, it is definitely worthwhile to visit at least one of these wonderful wineries:
- Best's Great Western (111 Bests Road, Great Western)
- Montara Wines (76 Chalambar Road, Ararat)
- Seppelt Great Western (36 Cemetery Road, Great Western)
- Grampians Estate (1477 Western Highway, Great Western)
- Norton Estate Wines (758 Plush Hannans Road, Lower Norton)