More than 400 million years ago, in the place we know as Western Victoria, the earth rose up to form the mountains the Kooris called Gariwerd, which we now call the Grampians. Over the years, wind, rain and water have carved fantastic shapes in the Grampians ancient stone, creating the steep craggy slopes and rock formations that thrust majestically upwards.
From some of the best rock-climbing in Australia, to walking tracks, wildlife, lookouts, waterfalls set against rugged landscapes as well as gourmet food and wine, there is something for every kind of visitor to the Grampians.
There are plenty of attractions and things to do while in Grampians. Just to name a few:
1. Grampians Peaks Trail
The Grampians Peak Trail is a world-class, long-distance walking trail, enabling hikers to enjoy the best of the Grampians National Park. The first stage of the 144 kilometre long trail is now open and covers some of the Grampians most loved features. It is a 33 kilometre loop walk and can be completed over three days and two nights.
2. Pinnacle Lookout
The most famous peak in the Grampians National Park, Pinnacle Lookout boasts spectacular views through the valley of the National Park. It is formed of irregular and fascinating rock formations for which the Grampians region is so well known.
3. Mackenzie Falls
Mackenzie Falls flows year round and is one of Victoria’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Fast flowing water cascades over huge cliffs into a deep pool and sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge.
4. Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Visitors can learn about the Grampians’ Aboriginal culture and history at Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Central. Surrounded by dramatic mountain views, spectacular waterfalls, wildflowers, the centre houses a Bushfoods café and a Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre. Brambuk also operates Aboriginal culture tours showcasing the area’s famed rock art.
5. Royal Mail Hotel
The Royal Mail Hotel offers luxury accommodation set in extensive Australian gardens, with stunning views of the Southern Grampians Ranges. With their vast of wine collection, it has been privately curated over the past 40 years and is regularly awarded internationally. The menu in the dining room features the highest quality, locally sourced produce and it changes with the seasons.
6. Best’s Great Western
Get a taste for the best at one of Australia’s oldest continually family owned and operated wineries with a reputation for producing exceptional Shiraz. It is known to have some of the oldest vines in Australia and produces extraordinary wines with great longevity. The Stables Cellar Door is a great place to taste the wines before experiencing the original underground cellar on their self-guided tour. Best’s Great Western is located in the township of Great Western and it is an absolute must for any wine fancier.
7. Hamilton Gallery
A local treasure for over 50 years, Hamilton Gallery presents a range of exhibitions, programs and events that stimulate understanding, awareness and enjoyment of the visual arts. The gallery’s collection includes works by some of the greatest European, Asian and Australian masters. Silver, porcelain and glass from the beginning of the 18th century onward, Asian ceramics from the major dynasties, European and Australian prints, 18th century landscapes, Australian oil paintings and watercolours and fine international and Australian examples of 20th century decorative arts combine to form a collection of over 8000 items.
Inhale the air up there in the Grampians and be dazzled by the diverse natural attractions and their history. Experience the walking tracks, wildlife, lookouts and waterfalls in the breathtaking landscape. Savour local wines at cellar doors and relax at restaurants with stunning views. Take in extraordinary art, old and new, in galleries indoors and out. There will always be something for everyone in Grampians that would be worth the trip.