The Grampians Travel Guide

  • Halls Gap from above.
    Halls Gap from above.
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  • Entrance to Halls Gap.
    Entrance to Halls Gap.
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The Grampians Things to Do

  • BRAMBUK ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE

    This was the last building in the Brambuk centre that we looked at.Brambuk is 100% owned and operated by Aboriginal people and is the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Australia.Brambuk, means "white cockatoo." The double storey building is located in the valley between Baronia Peak and the Wonderland Range, south of Halls Gap, the...

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  • PICNIC @ BRAMBUK

    After visiting the gift shop, we then ventured out the rear of the building to where the six seasons of Gariwerd are displayed on outdoor panels. A look at this, then it was time to follow the pathways, finding out about bush tucker along the way. Winding around ponds, and finding many sculptures in the lawned area between the National park centre...

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  • BRAMBUK NATIONAL PARK CENTRE

    The Brambuk National Park centre is a good place to buy maps and learn about the park.Here, you will find out all the up to date information, very handy as we were there when lots of areas were closed because of terrible flood damage. Helpful staff will assist with ideas of what to see and do, and will manage all information and bookings for...

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  • REED LOOKOUT

    From the Reed Lookout, I had far reaching views of Lakes and landscape in the Grampians.We were here in the afternoon, which wasn't the best because the sun was in the wrong position.Views at the lookout are best in the morning and in the evening for sunset views.

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  • NGAMADJIDJ SHELTER

    Ngamadjidj Shelter is a short walk from the Mt. Stapylton campground.The walk is easy and flat, only taking about 5mins to reach the rock art. The artwork is white-painted dancing, squatting and standing figures, a completely different colour and style from most other northern Gariwerd art sites. Aboriginal people, like many Asian cultures,...

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  • MT. STAPLYTON WALK & CAMPGROUND

    We arrived at the Mt. Stapylton Campground to find the trails and do some walks.As it turned out, the walk to Mt. Stapylton is only suitable for fit and energetic walkers as there are water crossings, slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock scrambling. There are track markers guiding you over exposed rocky outcrops and through forested...

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The Grampians Restaurants

  • Oh My God!!!

    Oh my god!! A couple of friends and I went out for dinner one of the three nights we stayed in Halls Gap. After talking to a couple of people and getting great comments about Quarry Restaurant, it was decided. The building is set a stone throw from the Stoney Creek River and gives great views of the mountains and the luscious surrounding scenery....

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  • Kangaroo

    You can have bush snacks here, but also normal food for a good price. It's attached to the Brambuk Living Cultural Centre, so you can have a look around after dinner. Have the kangaroo kebab, it's delicious.

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  • Steer Well Clear of Here.

    We looked at 3 different restaurants on the night we ate at the Halls Gap Hotel & Bistro. By the power of democracy it won out. At the end of the meal everyone trusted less in democracy and I was declared the new dictator of restaurant choice for the following evening.It's a pub, but it's promoting itself as having "quality bistro dining". I would...

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  • A Restaurant In Halls Gap

    This is one of the restaurants located in Halls Gap in The Grampians. It is also one of the newest and seems to be quite popular.A la Carte menu with decent wine list.Beautiful views of the Grampians sandstone peaks.Suitable for whole family.We didn't get

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  • DIY

    Most of the accommodation in Hall's Gap is self catering. There are a couple of decent convenience shops in the town which, while expensive, are not astronomical. You can get all the provisions you need with, strangely, the exception of butter.There's a couple of bottle shops as well but its worth remembering that there are a number of vineyards in...

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  • Good Food

    A highly regarded restaurant that has been under the same ownership for 20 years.Its something of an attempt of a mexican adobe style building from the outside - blue paintwork and off-yellow white washed walls. And it has to be said, the decor of the place is not its strong point. Carpets, overlit, dull furnishings hardly inspire at first...

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The Grampians Transportation

  • Road Trip to the Grampians

    If you are headed out to the Grampians, you will most likely be coming from Melbourne, which means your best chance of getting out to the mountains within any specific time frame will require renting a car (unless you live within driving distance). There are very stunning views to be observed no matter which direction you come from... the South has...

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  • Hire A Car

    Its surely possible to get to the Grampians by bus, since it is a major tourist attraction, but with so many things to see (and only a few of the walks leaving from the centre of town), you'll really need to have a car if you want to make the best of the place and see all you possibly can.

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    by tigerjapan Written Sep 18, 2005

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    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: So many choices. I recommend the Quallup Bell, a native WA flowering plant.

    What to pay: Depends on plant and also size of plant.

    Quallup Belle - The Western Australian Beauty
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The Grampians Local Customs

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    by Kate-Me Updated Sep 17, 2005

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    The Grampians has probably the highest concentration of Aboriginal Art sites in Victoria (there really aren't many elsewhere in Vic... I can't think of one).
    Including: Bunjil's shelter (see 'off the beaten path') Billimina Shelter, Manja (with its well known hand stencils), Ngamadjidj and Gulgurn Shelters.

    Bunjil's Shelter
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The Grampians Warnings and Dangers

  • DIRT ROADS

    Travelling in Australia is often on dirt roads. Here it the Grampians, the main roads are sealed, and the roads to many of the attractions are dirt. We found most were in good condition, but some were rippled, and needed to be driven over slowly so we didn't go into a slide.We found people in 4WD's tended to think they owned the road, and tore past...

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  • THE WONDERLAND WALK

    The Wonderland, and this is where you walk to The Pinnacle.This walk is NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH WALKING PROBLEMS, or afraid of clambering or heights.Some of the walk is a path, and in one area, it was on a proper boardwalk. Other parts were clambering over smooth rocks, walking by the side of boulders on smooth rock or climbing up steps made out...

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  • Stick to the Walking Paths

    It may be that this goes without saying for most people, but when you're hiking in The Grampians, always stick to the marked trails, to avoid becoming lost. (Sending out a search party through the rocky terrain is quite a difficult business). As you can see from the photo, the bushland is rather dense. People do get lost there, and on the mountains...

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The Grampians What to Pack

  • September Packing List

    If you are headed to the Grampians during the September timeframe, definitely remember to bring a windbreaker or light jacket. It was not cold, but the breeze was blowing! September is the crossover period from winter to spring here, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

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  • Bring good walking shoes

    Good shoes for walking in The Grampians are essential, especially if you want to take some of the longer walks. You'd find some of the rocks a bit sandy/slippery to climb without proper shoes. As Halls Gap has only a handful of shops, you'd be best to buy most things before you come, as they'll be more expensive here, and there's no chemist,...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

The Grampians Off The Beaten Path

  • DUNKELD TO HAMILTON

    We actually did this trip in the reverse, coming from Hamilton to Dunkeld along the Glenelg Highway.The scenery is wonderful! First of all, we passed by many paddocks full of either black Angus Cattle or hundreds of sheep grazing, then we started to see the Mountains.Be prepared to pull off the road or stop at a pull off and take a photo or too, as...

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  • Bunjil's Shelter - Aboriginal rock art

    Bunjil's Shelter is one of Victoria's most important Aboriginal Art sites (The Grampians has the vast majority of them). Bunjil (depicted in the painting) is the Great Ancestor spirit and creator in Aboriginal Mythology who created the people, law, and customs. He appears in many of the stories of the Dreamtime of the Koori people of south eastern...

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  • There's a lot off the beaten path...

    In the Grampians, you can go as little or as far off the beaten track as you like. There's just so many choices, and even though the park is so popular, I've never found it crowded, particularly on the longer walks. Expect to see a lot of walkers on the Balconies and Pinnacle walks, and the ones more in the town.

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The Grampians Sports & Outdoors

  • Rock climbing/mountain biking

    The Grampians are known for their rock climbing, Mt. Aripiles being the most famous. This is real upside down, fingers-in-the-cracks type stuff. There are many more however, and with varying grades. Shown here is another famous climb, though not as steep (by rock climbing standards only) called the Elephants Hide. Here a group of school children...

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  • Canoeing

    Canoeing is another good sport to do at the Grampians on one of the large lakes close to Halls Gap. All gear including life jackets will be supplied.

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  • Abseiling

    The rocky Grampians are an ideal and popular place for rock climbing and abseiling. Here's a pic which was taken on a trip there with work colleagues (I was only an interested spectator!). The week after the guide who took this group of newcomers to the sport took himself abseiling alone and fell, breaking, quote "almost half the bones in his body"...

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The Grampians Favorites

  • BIRDLIFE IN THE GRAMPIANS

    I think if you are a Bird Watcher, then the Grampians is the place for you. I am sure a professional watcher would find many of the 200+ species that have been found in the park.Just doing the trails, I saw plenty of different Birds. Parrots were in the largest quantity, these are pretty and noisy. You usually can get good photo's of these.The...

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  • BUY LUNCH FROM THE BAKERY

    A good idea, and what we did before heading out for a day of hiking, is either to make your own lunch and take with you, or buy from the Bakery, which is what we did and can recommend.The Bakery is located where the Creek crosses the road. Shops are located off the main street and can be easily missed. All products are baked fresh daily, and...

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  • LANDSLIDES IN THE GRAMPIANS

    On this trip to the Grampian's we saw a lot of landslides. As it happened, about a year before we came, nearly a week of torrential rain fell upon the Grampians, causing Mountains to slide away, Bridges to be ripped and tossed around like they were nothing, and roads and pathways were washed away.So when you look at a Mountain like in my photo, and...

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