The Grampians National Park is about 3½ hours north west of Melbourne. The Grampians are home to the Grampians National Park which is Australia's third largest park.The Grampians consist of four main ranges which are of about 100km's in distance. The Grampians offer stunning ranges of grey rock faces, hiking trails, waterfalls, native flora and fauna and sacred Aboriginal sites. The main centre of the Grampians is Halls Gap, with surrounding towns being Great Western, home to many wineries, Stawell and Ararat.
The aborigines lived in this area for thousands of years. The European surveyor Thomas Mitchell named the mountains the Grampians but today they are often called Gariwerd which is their aboriginal name. You could bushwalk
for weeks in this park. Wonderful birds and dozens of mammals can be seen. Plant species are abundant and the wildflowers in October are spectacular. Plenty of camping
is available as well as hotels, motels and B&Bs in the nearby towns.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
This centre offers a lot of information on the history and layout of Gariwerd (Aboriginal term for the Grampians).The focus is on active displays so tours and hands on activities are often organised throughout the week. There is a cafe here and souvenirs to purchase. (03 5356 4452).
the small town of Dunkeld is at the foot of Mount Sturgeon. A feature of the high street is the Royal Mail Hotel. Walk through the town to the Arboreteum with a collection of trees around small lakes linked with bridges.
Grampians National Park
This series of craggy,grey cliff faces interspersed with forest and water features is a great park to explore. There are many spectacular viewing points but, most require a fair bit of walking effort to get to. The park is also the best place to view Victoria's largest variety of wildflowers, with the best viewings being September and October.
As the name suggests this mountain just pops out of nowhere. A popular climb in the Grampians area, it is an 827metre single peak, that is climbed on a steep winding track. It is likely to take two hours to climb so make sure you take a drink. Once at the top the 360 degree views are worth the climb. Mount Abrupt Road
The Wonderland Range
This area is to the west of Halls Gap and is great for hiking as it has long and short walks. The Pinnacle has panoramic vies and there are plenty of picnic areas to rest at.
These lovely falls are on a short, steep trail going down, they cascade over rocks and can be accessed off Mt. Victory Road
Zumstein Recreation Area
This area has plenty of walks, falls and picnic areas. It's a good one for all the family as the trails good and there are often plenty of kangaroos to see.