Local Highlights

Grampians National Park
The rugged awe-inspiring ranges of the Grampians (Gariwerd) have evolved over hundreds of millions of years. Colourful spring wildflowers are a feature of the Grampians, as are the many species of birds and animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and gliders. It’s also an area of unique cultural significance with 80% of Aboriginal art sites in Victoria located in the park. Whether you enjoy sight-seeing, picnicking, camping, walking, cycling, fishing, rock climbing or simply relaxing, the Grampians has something for everyone.

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre
For many thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived in the Grampians and 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 are easily accessible. In the western Grampians you can visit Manja and Billimina shelters and in the north, the Ngamadijidj and Gulgurn Manja shelters. One of the most important sites in Victoria is Bunjils shelter, just north of Pomonal on the Lake Fyans Road. Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap brings to life the history and culture of the Aboriginal groups who lived in the Grampians.

Grampians Grape Escape — The Wine and Food Festival
Taste your way around the Grampians region as the best of our food and wine producers showcase their products at one giant feast in Halls Gap. Sample an award-winning Grampians Shiraz, accompanied by local delicacies, while you kick back and enjoy quality entertainment throughout the weekend.

Grampians Jazz Festival
The biggest event on Australia’s jazz calendar, this festival attracts music lovers from around the country. Register for the full program, or enjoy casual performances as you stroll around Halls Gap. Cheer your favourite combo in the annual muso’s procession. For more information phone BH (03) 5572 2116, AH (03) 5572 3443.

Grampians Wildflower and Arts Show
Celebrate spring in the garden of Victoria, with wildflower and ecological displays, the Giant Wildflower Fantasy Sculpture competition, daily orchid and forest guided walks, local artist displays, gift sales and children’s activities. For more information phone (03) 5356 4616.

Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival
The Jailhouse Rock Festival is a celebration of the 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll era, with live music, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, lindi hop dancing, classic cars, hot rods, trucks, classic and vintage motorcycles and much more. Be there as Ararat comes alive!

Stawell Gift Easter Festival
The Stawell Gift, one of the world’s most famous and prestigious footraces, run over 120 metres, has been held annually since 1878 (apart from two years). Attracting athletes and punters from around the globe, this event is sport in its finest glory. Held over the Easter Weekend, you can experience the thrill of professional athletics, as well as loads of other festivities held at Stawell’s Centennial Park.

The Great Grape Touring Route
Taste your way along the unforgettable Great Grape Touring Route, a self-guided tour of the famous wine regions of the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat. The bonuses, apart from the wine, scenery, people and places, are many. Your teachers are the winemakers themselves, men and women who turn the grapes into bottled art. Travelling the Great Grape Touring Route is a lesson in three distinct parts: the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat. The vineyards of the Pyrenees, centred on the towns of Avoca and Moonambel, are built on the picturesque Pyrenees Ranges. A temperate climate, alluvial soils and low rainfall help produce classic shiraz and cabernet sauvignon styles, along with chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Within an easy drive of Halls Gap is Great Western, the birthplace of Australia’s first and arguably best known, sparkling wine. Call in at the cellar door to sample the famous bubbly. Booklets and maps are available from your nearest Grampians, Pyrenees or Ballarat region Visitor Information Centres.

Halls Gap Zoo
The Halls Gap Zoo comprises 120 species of native & exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Observe our inquisitive meerkats, playful monkey’s, pure bred dingoes, grand barbary sheep and a plethora of wallaby and kangaroo species. The Zoo is actively involved in breeding & conservation programs for Brush-tailed Bettong, Tasmanian Devil, Bilby, Bush Stone-Curlew, Quoll & Rock Wallabies. Make the Halls Gap Zoo a part of your next Grampians experience.

Grampians Adventure Golf and MOCO Gallery
Fun for all the Family. Fast becoming recognised as the best in Australia, this 18 hole course is set on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Two mini mountains form the centre of the course from which six waterfalls and streams meander around, over and under the greens. While there check out the Art Gallery and Cafe.

Local Events

Grampians Wildlife Arts Festival
from 22 August, 2011 to 27 August, 2011
A Workshop based event for natural history artists and lovers of art and nature. Staged over 5 days in Halls Gap . the Festival will feature guided day and night tours , childrens activities , workshops and lectures on various materials, styles and genres of wildlife art and exclusive after-hours access to Halls Gap Zoo. As well this is the time of spectacular wildflower displays in the Grampians.

Grampians Brushes
from 30 August, 2013 to 04 September, 2013
Grampians Brushes is a unique opportunity for artists to develop their passion art making in one of Australian’s most beautiful natural environments - Halls Gap in the Grampians. Workshop for artists range from watercolours, coloured pencils, oil to drawing, print making, life drawing, charcoal, contemporary and traditional work. Come and experience art tuition from some of Australia’s leading artists.

Grampians Grape Escape
from 25 April, 2013 to 27 April, 2013
One of the biggest events on the Victorian food and wine events calendar, The Grampians Grape Escape is expected to attract over 8,000 people from around the globe, who’ll come to taste the delights of Western Victoria’s finest food and wine artisans. The 21st annual Grampians Grape Escape will be held at Halls Gap Village Oval on Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 2013 in the heart of the beautiful Grampians National Park.

Spring in the Grampians
from 22 August, 2011 to 22 November, 2011
Dubbed the 'Garden of Victoria' in the 19th century, the Grampians region is internationally renowned for its abundant wildflowers, at their peak during spring - when our other botanical treasures, such as open gardens and flower shows, also shine. It's the time of year when this place of stunning natural beauty, with a growing reputation for the good things in life, just gets better and better....

What's Up Downunder
from 19 August, 2011 to 19 August, 2011
See Parkgate Resort , Halls Gap and the Grampians on Channel 9 Saturday 27 August 2011 4.30 p.m.

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