The family and i visited Brambuk while we were in Halls Gap recently and were surprised by what we found. We initially went there to get some information on some walks we could do while we were in the National Park. We soon found it was more then just an information centre as there was a nice little Cafe there and a gift shop which had a lot of...more
If you aren't that into walking, you can still see a lot of the mountain sites by driving and only a bit of walking. there are a lot of waterfalls that you can drive to. One good drive we did was on the Mount Victory Road, you get to see the Elephants Hide which is just above Venus Baths. Keep driving past the The Wonderland Carpark and take...more
There are a plethora of walks to chose from in and around Halls Gap. From the back of the Caravan Park alone there are half a dozen to chose from. I have attached a link to the best site I have found which tells in great detail the routs of the walks.On this trip, due to time and other constraints, I was only able to do one walk, to Venus Baths and...more
Coola's Icecreamery in the Stony Creek Stores complex has been a Halls Gap institution for as long as I can remember. The last time I was in Halls Gap would have been 20 years ago, and this place was here then. They have home made waffle cones, which are awesome, and heaps of flavours to choose from. If you come in Winter like I did, you will be...more
A great day or half day out for the family. Our son was 2.5yrs old at the time and he loved it. They encourage feeding of some of the animals which makes it quite unique. The kids love that. They have heaps of different animals from native Aussie marsupials, some which I as an Aussie had not even heard of! Deer that roam the park and seem to find...more
Dunkeld Road, Halls Gap, 3381, Australia
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26-28 Heath Street, Halls Gap, 3381, Australia
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9 Thryptomene Court, Halls Gap, 3881, Australia
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Went here because of the crowd of people outside enjoying their meals. Didn't disappoint. Pizza was best I've had, way better than Brisbane or Sydney can deliver. Had a fresh salad with it. food was really quick to be delivered and great to tuck into. Finished with two coffees which the waitress had put patterns on top to jazz them up. Best coffee...more
Located on the boardwalk in the Stony Creek complex, my wife and I spent 4 days enjoying the wonders of the Grampians, eating here every night during our stay. The food here was nothing short of fabulous. The first night I had pizza, the best I've had in Victoria', while my wife had a Chicken Caesar Salad which she thouroughly enjoyed. Placed...more
Staying in Halls Gap for a weekend we decided to dine at The Balconies, which proclaims itself one the finest dining experiences in the town. As it was a Saturday night the added attraction of some live Jazz sealed our decision. Chatting with the owner of the business in the middle of the day reassured us that we would enjoy a lovely evening for...more
Eat at the black panther cafe twice during the easter 2011. First we thought we would try some fish and salad. The fish came from a box and was as rubbery as my work boots. The salad was not fresh at all. The cuts on the mixed lettuce were brown which tells me it is about a week old at least. You would never see this in Melbourne. Even the Halls...more
chose Black Panther Cafe as it was the busiest cafe mid-week in Halls Gap. it has fantastic $10 lunch deals which are tasty and generously proportioned. also has nice location with sunny outdoor patio area but beware of cheeky birds!! steak sandwich and chips which is served with a side salad.more
The Mount Cassell Native Plant Nursery was really quite interesting and the staff well more than willing to help. We got a couple of plants for some friends (thanks for having us gifts etc) and they loved them.
The nursery has a huge range of both local and interstate native plants. The Western Australian natives were particularily stunning. I recommened you look for a QUALUP BELL.
The nursery has four acres of display gardens to explore, so it's worth a look even if you can't buy anything (we wanted to bring a wattle back home so badly!!).
It is open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.
What to buy: Native plants.
What to pay: It depends on what plants you buy and the size of the pots etc.
This is really a 'common sense' rather than a danger as such. Make sure you are well equipped for your walk, even if it is just a 2 hour one. Take water, warm clothes if in winter and if in summer your hat and suncream. If it is a full day walk or over night, be sure to tell the local Brambuk information centre of your plans, so that they can come get you if you are stuck and don't return, or run into difficulty. There is some mobile phone converage in areas but some areas don't have full coverage so don't rely on that.
Also when walking, stuck to the marked tracks, so you don't go wandering off a cliff! Take note of warning signs relating to rock falls, unsteady rocks, dangerous edges. Yes you can seriously fall off and kill yourself if you are silly.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going between June and September, make sure you pack WARM!! The nights get down to zero degrees C during this time. The days are averaging around 12 degrees C. October is not a cold but still is chilly at night. If you are going walking during the Winter months be sure to take a beanie and scarf and gloves. Even if you are working up a sweat, when you get up high in the wind it will freeze you! And Mt William often has snow.
They say don't feed the native wildlife so they won't become dependant on humans and then forget how to find their own food in the wild. This is fair enough for kangaroos, marsupials etc. However, I reckon feeding the cockies is ok.
Also watch out for the kangaroos who might get a little aggressive with you if you have food, I have heard more than one story of a person being attacked or even having with body cut open up the middle when a kangaroo wanted some food. Zumsteins is particularly 'notorous' for this, as there are many many kangaroos here. So just watch out.