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Stay and play - Grampians, VIC

With towering, craggy peaks, flowing falls, and a rich Indigenous past, the Grampians region delivers exciting experiences at every turn.

Take a walk on the wild side in the Grampians!

Where is it?

The  Grampians  (Halls Gap)  is 255km west of Melbourne, reached by a 3hr drive. 


Why go?

For its astounding natural beauty, centred on the national park of the same name. This is a nature lover’s ultimate playground. 

Just some of the views you'll be greeted with at Grampians National Park.

The essentials – things to do in The Grampians, VIC 

Grampians National Park

With world-famous hiking trails, Grampians National Park needs to be on everyone’s list! There are mountain panoramas, grand waterfalls, and views as far as the eye can see. And that's just some of what’s in store at this renowned park.


Halls Gap Zoo

What’s a weekend away without an excursion to see native animals? Halls Gap Zoo just so happens to be Victoria’s largest regional zoo. It’s home to 160 native and exotic animals, and you’ll encounter wombats, koalas, Tasmanian devils, and dingoes, to name just a few.

Up close and personal wildlife experiences at Halls Gap Zoo.

The Grampians Rail Trail 

Hop on your bike and embark on this scenic path. It’s 11km of picturesque riding through the best of the Grampians and ending at Heatherlie Quarry. 


MacKenzie Falls

In one word: Breathtaking! Part of Grampians National Park, these falls are some of the largest on offer in Victoria. It’s an impressive sight as water cascades down massive cliffs before descending into the deep pool below. Warning – camera is essential!

Marvel at MacKenzie Falls!

Halls Gap

Did you even go to the Grampians if you didn’t stop for a bite of lunch or ice cream at Gelato Guys in Halls Gap?! This cute little township will charm you with sweet café hangouts and restaurants to try.


Appreciate the local Indigenous culture

The Grampians region teems with Aboriginal culture. It’s home to the most significant number of rock art sites in southern Australia, and the residence of over 80% of VIC’s rock art sites. Be sure to visit Brambuk, the cultural centre located in Halls Gap. 

Visit Brambuk and join a rewarding guided tour while you're at it.

Soak up the views at Boroka Lookout

In a less than a 5min stroll, you will reach two lookout platforms that you’d be crazy to miss out on viewing. Sunrise is spectacular from these viewpoints, but a visit at any time of the day is worthy. 

We love lookouts like these!

Where to hike in Halls Gap

The Pinnacle Lookout

One of the most iconic walks in the Grampians region. Choose one of three paths to the pinnacle, depending on your fitness level, and marvel at dazzling views of Halls Gap and the many peaks.


The Balconies/Reed lookout

Wander through impressive rock formations and be greeted with all-encompassing views of the dense forest land and the Victoria Valley. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer quick and easy walks, as the track is a simple 2.3km. 

The Balconies/Reed lovely lookout.

Hollow Mountain

A 40-minute drive from Halls Gap, and you’ll reach the walk for Hollow Mountain. It’s a combination of stair climbs and rocky trails on this 3.2km (return) walk. Keep your eyes peeled for the caves (and the paintings within).


Mt William

Venture to the highest point in the Grampians, and we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed! It’s a steep hike, with the first 600m being the steepest, but the views at the end are worth the sweat! 

Oh, hi Mt William.

Day trips from the Grampians

Northern Grampians – St Arnaud

For a place less travelled and frequented than Halls Gap, make your way to St Arnaud. With a gold-rush past, you can uncover the town’s history with old buildings and a silo art trail, or enjoy a hearty meal at one of the landmark pubs.

Distance from Halls Gap: 105km. 


Eastern Grampians – Ararat

Explore the sweeping lands of Ararat on a day trip. Visit One Tree Hill for magnificent views of Ararat or go on an evening ghost tour at Ararat Asylums. Or simply relax with a bit of lakeside luxury at Alexandra Gardens.

Distance from Halls Gap: 50km.

Ararat is steeped in gold-rush history.

Southern Grampians – Hamilton

Visit the flourishing farming district of Hamilton. With three charming townships to discover (Dunkeld, Byaduk, and Balmoral), each accommodates various tastes; small-batch wineries, artworks steeped in history, and scenic country views.

Distance from Halls Gap: 95km. 

It's road trip time!

Random fact

After scaling Mt Duwil (Mt William), the highest peak in the Grampians in 1836, Major Thomas Mitchell christened the mountains. He chose 'the Grampians' as it’s known today, while paying homage to the rugged region in his native Scotland.  

Rugged, and pretty.

Accommodation in The Grampians, VIC

Searching for accommodation in The Grampians? We got you!

BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park

Park type: Holiday 

Nestled beside the lush national park and mountain ranges in the foothills, this is the perfect base to discover the amazing Grampians region. It’s only moments from the country town of Halls Gap, too. Choose to spend your holiday relaxing with the sounds of nature or start your adventure with endless bushwalking trails. 

With a heated swimming pool (perfect for VIC’s three seasons in one day unpredictability), a toddler wading pool, pedal go-karts, and so much more, the park has loads to keep everyone entertained. Regular kangaroo sightings are thrown in for good measure.

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The locals sometimes stop by to say hi.

Time for a Grampians getaway? We sure think so!

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