Famous for its mountainous and rugged scenery a million years in the making, the Grampians National Park has a number of spectacular scenic lookouts. Some are easily reached by car, some an easy walk, and others will lead you down spectacular sandstone ridges and between unusual rock formations to behold the awe-inspiring vistas. Pack your camera and follow your feet along designated walking trails to well-known lookouts at Mount Sturgeon, Mount Stapylton, Boronia Peak and Hollow Mountain.
See kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidnas and a myriad of bird species at home in their natural habitats in the Grampians region. Marvel at the sheer number of kangaroos and wallabies, whether wandering the main streets of Halls Gap and Pomonal, or in paddocks and bush land surrounding towns and villages. Keep your camera at the ready for the sight of male emus shepherding youngsters on a foraging expedition, or echidnas seeking out an insect feast. Time your visit for early morning or late evening and you’ll almost certainly capture a picture worth sharing.
Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre is a special place. Situated in Halls Gap, it is the perfect place to experience Australia's native flora and fauna and Aboriginal culture. Discover the unique six seasons of Gariwerd through the displays or join the Aboriginal guides on tours to ancient rock art sites and experience the secrets of the natural world. Brambuk Gift Shop offers art and crafts, ceramics, paintings, boomerangs and music. The Bush Tucker Café is licensed and serves delicious bush tucker and contemporary food.
Canoeing and kayaking adventures
You're never far from water in the Grampians region, with streams, lakes and creeks dotting the landscape and providing ideal settings for canoeing and kayaking adventures. Get a different perspective of the region from out in the middle of a lake as you paddle along to the sound of birdsong. Hire a canoe from a local operator and cruise the waters of lakes Bellfield, Fyans, Hamilton or Wartook. Explore the secluded shoreline vegetation and watch the abundant birdlife.
Get right to the heart of the Grampians at Halls Gap. Spend days exploring the nearby wonders and evenings tucked in front of a fire in stunning eco-accommodation. Set off from your base in the Fyans Valley at the foot of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges and trek deep into the Grampians National Park, one of Victoria's most outstanding natural features.
Extraordinary rock art
The region has the largest number of rock art sites in southern Australia – more than 80 per cent of Victoria's rock art sites. Approximately 60 art sites, containing more than 4,000 different motifs have been identified in the national park. Five shelters are open to the public and are all easily accessible: Manja and Billimina shelters in the Western Grampians, Ngamadjidj and Gulgurn Manja shelters in the north and, one of the most important sites in Victoria, Bunjil's shelter, near Stawell.
Famous for its outstanding international collections of fine and decorative arts. The Shaw Bequest featuring 800 items of English and European silver, glass and porcelain reflects the collecting interests of Herbert and May Shaw. This generous bequest made in 1957 was the beginnings of a collection that now includes over 7500 items. Australian paintings include important colonial art of the Western District by Louis Buvelot, 'Wannon Falls', Thomas Clark, 'Muntham' and Nicholas Chevalier, 'Mt Abrupt'. Recent artists include Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Kathleen Petyarre.
Put yourself in the shoes of the weary Chinese miners, travelling from South Australia to the Central Goldfields in 1857, who made the chance discovery of a rich shallow alluvial goldfield that eventually became Ararat. Visit Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre to learn more about their contribution to the region.
Grampians Wine Region
Sample spicy red wines and sparkling wines from the internationally acclaimed Victorian Pyrenees wine region. Taste the history of the Grampians wine region at cellar doors in Great Western, where you'll find gnarled old vines and vibrant young wines. Get more history on a tour of the historic drives that stretch for kilometres beneath Seppelt Great Western and where sparkling wines mature. Above ground you can sample the iconic vineyard's renowned wines and look out at the gnarled old vines with illustrious histories.
See why adventurers have been coming to the Grampians since the mid-nineteenth century, and sign up for your own outdoor adventure. Choose from hiking and rock-climbing, kayaking and canoeing, cycling and four-wheel driving, even paragliding.
Step into the 'garden of Victoria' in the Grampians region, home to more than one third of Victoria's flora, in subalpine forest, shrub woodland, heathlands, swamps and riverine. Come in spring to see wildflowers in bloom throughout the region, though you'll be blessed with plants in flower all year round. Admire late winter displays of massed acacia along Rose's Gap Road that are replaced by miles of Grampians thryptomene in spring, when tiny white blossoms turn to delicate pinks and light browns.
Be inspired by fine art, fine dining, and the stunning twin peaks of mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt in Dunkeld, gateway to the southern Grampians. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch or dinner and find out why Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel was awarded three chefs hats in this year's The Age Good Food Guide. Taste the flavours of the Grampians through a creative menu incorporating fresh, locally grown produce and signature regional wines.