This past Monday I posted the ultimate teaser to the Grampians region in Victoria. I hope you had a chance to watch our sunrise time lapse from Grampians National Park, but if you missed it, go check it out now.
Why visit the Grampians
The Grampians is one of the younger national parks in Australia, only being proclaimed a national park in 1984. But it is also one of the most beautiful and culturally rich parks. The Grampians were listed as an Australian Natural Heritage site in 2006 due to being one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia.
If you are road tripping from Melbourne to Adelaide, we recommend first completing the Great Ocean Road before detouring north to the Grampians, before finally heading to your destination Adelaide. (or vice versa.)
What to do in the Grampians
- Take an Aboriginal Cultural Tour – Visit Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and learn of the pre European History of the area and tour some of the Art sites
- Do some rock climbing – There are a number of organisations in the Grampians that can cater for the expert and the beginner.
- Go for a hike – There are loads of great hikes throughout the Grampians. Some popular hikes include the Wonderland Loop, Beehive falls, and the Pinnacles.
- Marvel at waterfalls – Some of the most impressive, and most accessible waterfalls in the Grampians is MacKenzie falls. There is a car park near the falls, but there are A LOT of stairs involved.
- Amazing view points – The Balconies is one of Grampians most famous look outs. This jut of rock looks out over the national park and is only a short 15 – 20 minute walk from the car park.
Getting to the Grampians
The Grampians are a National Park located near the South Australian border in Victoria, about three hours drive from Melbourne. The Grampians region is also accessible by public bus and by the train from Melbourne to Adelaide. The easiest way to get to the Grampians, and to explore the park, is with your own transportation.
Where to stay in the Grampians
There is a huge variety of accommodation options available inside of the Grampians National Park. The little town of Halls Gap is located inside the park, and offers everything from luxury villas, to simple motel rooms or quaint cabins, and of course, there are quite a few different holiday parks and camp grounds to chose from as well.
We stayed at the Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park which offers cabins, powered caravan sites, and powered and un powered camping spots. Best of all, there is a wood fire heated swimming pool and several trampolines for the kids.
For the more adventurous, there are also several designated camping areas in more wild areas of the National Park, but plan accordingly. Many of these sites do not have any facilities at all, so you need to pack in everything you will need, including water.