How To Get There:
Tullamarine International Airport Melbourne and Avalon Airport are the nearest airports.
A three-hour drive west of Melbourne. The popular Great Southern Touring Route passes through the Grampians region.
By Public Transport
V/Line runs daily train services from Southern Cross Station direct to Ararat with connecting coach services to other parts of the region.
Many coach and tour operators offer transport from Melbourne.
Things To Do:
Nature, food, wine, plus a little adventure all just a hop from Melbourne.
- Go fishing or canoeing on Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook and get up close to native animals such as koalas, kangaroos, emus, and wedge-tailed eagles.
- Walk to the Venus Baths and go for a dip, these natural rock pools are a little oasis in Grampians National Park.
- Trek to Mackenzie Falls, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Victoria.
- Explore the Grampians' vast sandstone mountains in a 4WD.
- Jump aboard a Grampians winery tour and taste quality reds and vibrant whites from more than 15 wineries in the region.
- Smell the wildflowers in Pomonal, the Grampians garden of floral delights.
- Scale the granite cliffs of Mt Arapiles, a world-renowned rock-climbing destination.
- Get up close to more than 160 native and exotic species at Halls Gap Zoo.
- Watch the sunrise from Boroka Lookout.
- Take in the natural beauty of the Grampians National Park from a light aircraft.
- See the popular Silo Art Trail from above with Grampian Helicopters.
Art & Culture
- Visit Hamilton Gallery to view its significant collection of decorative arts, 18th-century watercolors, and Australian oil paintings.
- Take a guided tour from Halls Gap for a richer understanding of Victoria's five Aboriginal communities.
Festivals & Events
- Time your trip with local events to sample the best of the Grampians region's food and wine, arts, sports, and outdoor lifestyle.
- Taste the region's best food and wine during the Grampians Grape Escape held every autumn.
- Come during Easter for the famous Stawall Gift, a professional foot race.
- Frock up for the Avoca Cup, and enjoy food, wine, and track-side entertainment at this spring racing event.
Where to Stay:
- Choose from five-star retreats and eco-friendly options, hosted B&Bs, traditional guesthouses and an abundance of self-contained holiday cottages, caravan parks, and campgrounds.
- DULC Halls Gap - Down Under Log Cabins are known for seclusion, local wildlife, and high-quality facilities in a beautiful environment, making relaxing super easy.
- Royal Mail Hotel - Designed to capture the stunning beauty of the Southern Grampians, the property features sweeping views, multi-award-winning dining, and luxury accommodations.
- Boroka Downs - Secluded and only five minutes from Halls Gap, stay in one of the five opulent boutique residences. An award-winning luxury accommodation exclusively for couples.
The Grampians climate is warm and dry in summer, cool in autumn followed by a wet winter. Spring consists of mild days.