Want to bush camp in the Grampians, then you will find plenty of sites to do this and enjoy nature at its best! The Grampians are very popular at Easter, long weekends and during school holidays, so it is best to ring and book a site.
All campgrounds have toilets, fire places and picnic tables, are well maintained and I thought very nice for campers.
A camping fee applies to all campgrounds and each permit allows up to six people and one vehicle
at a site.
Permits are available at Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre in Halls Gap or by
credit card by phoning the Centre on (03) 5361 4000. Office hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm
I saw the sign [photo] with rules on the campground area.
Check out the spider, he is the same colour as the surrounding ground, clever!
The webpage gives you all the details you need.
Driving along the Grampian's Tourist road we saw a notice to a Caravan Park, and it was off the main road, just what we wanted.
The park was actually situated on what was the old main road, so the only traffic coming along here, were the Caravanners.
This Park had just been taken over, only 6 weeks prior to us arriving. The owner booked us in and gave us an excellent discount. She was very helpful and also told us of the plans they had for the park, how it was going to be upgraded and made really nice. We thought it was quite good as it was and were very happy with our stay here.
We could choose our own site as May is the quiet time in the Grampians. We had no longer set up, and in flew the welcoming committee of Sulphur Crested cockatoo's, obviously looking for some free feed too.
I like them, so was quite happy for them to be around. There was a Swimming Pool, didn't need that as it was quite cool/cold.
The Amenities block was a good size, clean, and just a short walk away. The coin operated laundry was in this block, also the campers kitchen, indoor bbq's for Winter, and a nice big open fireplace which was used by campers every night we were there. A large Television, plenty of benches and seating, big windows to see out of, this made it a very nice area, especially on those cold nights.
The area had been in drought, so there wasn't a lot of grass. If you wanted shade, there was plenty of that on the lower level of the park. Plenty of lines for washing.
For the Children, there is Volleyball, a Basketball & Netball ring, Playground and boardgames.
If you are not a camper/caravanner, you can stay in the Cabins which range from small to large.
Altogether, I can't wait until I return here for another stay and for more time in the beautiful Grampians.
It is a member of the "TOP TOURIST PARKS," one of the excellent chains of Australian C/Parks.
I loved the wildlife in this Caravan Park. All wild, but not scared. There were Kangaroo's, Emus, Deer, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's, Corella's, King Parrots, Crimson Rosella's, Kookaburra's, Jays and other numerous Birds.
There were walking trails and good views of the peaks in the Grampians. Staff were lovely and would do anything to help.
It was one of the nicest locations we have ever stayed in, and if you are from oversea's, you would love all the wildlife coming to your door!
I'm not sure why this place is named Borough Huts, as there's not a hut in sight (unless you include the 2 little wooden camp toilets!)
The advantage of this camping area is that it was mostly quite flat and grassy, so ideal for pitching our two tents. It was far enough out of town to feel like almost in the middle of nowhere, yet only 5 minutes drive into the small township if we wanted to go there.
The Fyans Creek also ran past the campsites, only a 2 minute walk from our tent and pleasant to listen to at night.
Good value was another great factor: much less expensive than a caravan park where you'd pay $20 or so for an unpowered tent site - the sites here (and at other primitive camps around the Grampians) were based on a $11 flat rate for up to 6 people and 1 car.
There were 4 of us and we paid $320 (Australian) for two night’s accommodation, but we got our third night for free. The $320 included our linen and the cottage actually could sleep 6 people comfortably. The pay for two nights and get your third night free was an excellent advantage.
You would need a car if you are planning to stay at Jinchilla. It is actually located between Halls Gap and Pomonal and is removed from everything. It was perfect for us and we enjoyed waking up to find Kangaroos in the front yard, just outside our door.
The cottage has a small spa-fitted bath and laundry facilities. There was a tea pot, but no coffee bodum/plunger thing etc. The kitchen is otherwise well equipped.
The lounge has a wonderful fire and I found chopping wood was a good way to unwind!
There is also a BBQ on the verandah and a small outdoor fire place where we had a fire and toasted marshmallows and then made damper. It was great!
Awake to find kangaroos in your front yard.
You are in walking distance of the Halls Gap Winery.
Views are amazing, but sunsets need to be seen from the otherside of the ranges... we felt.
After a phone call at 6pm to the owners, letting them know we were still on our way and were 2 hours from arrival, we were scared that we might be too tired to even sleep!
Upon arrival, we had some warm cookies, coffee and tea available to us. Pomonal is located just minutes outside Hall's Gap on the border of the Grampians. It really is a one street town, with no stop lights or signs, so if you are coming in during the dark, make sure you go slow!
Narrowly avoiding the kangaroos that donned the pathway to their house, we met up with Graeme and Pauline Welch, the owners. After a nice conversation, we retired to our comfortable beds with very odd wall configurations. When we woke up, I realized the rooms were shaped that way because the house is actually a large octagon.
The morning breakfast was delicious, with cereals, toast, and egg/ham sandwiches. They even had tabasco sauce for my eggs, which is a highlight for me!
I would definitely stay here again.
A fantastic find among many places to stay in Hall's Gap. Heading south out of town, there are any number of hotels, b&b's and 'cabin' sites.
Accommodation on the right hand side of the road provides the better options in terms of opportunities of seeing natural fauna, as many of the places are at the highest point of the valley before coming up against the cliff-face of the Wonderland Ranges.
One such place is Grampians Wonderland, sited as it is in its own 24 acre Nature Reserve. Its a small-ish place of 8 eight cabins, built in a circle. Advise - ask for cabin #5 (Manuka) - its the one on the furthest point of the circle, closest to the cliff face and furthest away from anyone. Immediately in front of you is a small area of cleared bushland where kangaroos will graze at sunrise and sunset only metres away from you.
The cabins are self-catering and very comfortable. Two bedrooms (double bed and 2 singles), a fully fitted kitchen, sitting and dining area, full utilities. Not luxurious but absolutely fine for a few days in the Park.
Prices quoted include bed linen (not the case with other places we enquired) and also one of the cheaper places.
That Nature Reserve!
There are any amount of accommodation choices in the Grampians, you can do four and a half star luxury or camp in the bush, like the bloke we met at Mt. William.
There is a fabulous array of B&B's, nearly 100 in the vicinity of Halls Gap and all deliciously tempting then, if you have a caravan, motor home or just want to camp, then you'll probably end up in the wonderfully situated park at Halls Gap.
Don't be frightened to think outside the square also. Towns like Stawell, Dunkeld and Ararat are close by and also offer similar facilities and at Stawell you can also go hot air ballooning.
Most accommodation houses have views of the Grampians and are in bush settings, giving you the possibility of seeing some wildlife up close and personal.
The Grampians caters for all types of accommodation in and around Halls Gap, its centre.
You can have bush camping with no facilities, camping or cabins at several caravan parks, there are 2 backpackers in town (one of which appears rather large and new), stay at a motel, rent a B & B or luxury chalet with spa in bush surroundings...the possibilities seem almost endless, limited only by your imagination...and maybe your wallet!
Just about wherever you stay though, the views are great, the mountains and bushland is all around you, and wildlife is plentiful, especially flocks of birds, emus, many kangaroos, etc.
You can pick up brochures at the Tourist Information centre which is about 700 metres through town, at the National Park Visitor Centre
There are plenty of caravan/cabin/camp grounds to stay in in The Grampians.
We stay at the one right in the main street of Halls Gap (the town is only small that it doesn't feel like being in the middle of a town, and there is a spacious area set aside for the unpowered camping).
You'll awake to the sound of birds.....thousands of them screeching (Corella parrots - you'll see them!)
The best thing for me is waking and hearing the sounds of Kangaroos eating grass right outside your tent (the grass in the caravan parks is more plentiful than that in the forest and it brings many down from the hills)
The kangaroos not very tame and it's best not to approach them too closely, but they'll let you get to within a few metres.
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