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Top 6 Activities in the Grampians
Heading to the Grampians soon? We thought you’d like a helping hand to draw up a to-do list while you’re here. Best’s Wines certainly attracts many visitors, but we’re humble enough to recognise the appeal of many other top wineries in this Victorian wine region – from Seppelt Great Western through to Mount Langi Ghiran, each winery represents a slice of the Grampians wine region and is worth a visit. The Grampians National Park is also a major draw card, with its natural wonders and winding walks. Read on for the best travel tips in the Grampians region. We look forward to seeing you!
It goes without saying that if you’re in the area, a visit to Best’s Wines is a must, with our age-old cellar door, 150-year-old vines and warm hospitality. But there’s a colourful selection of other wineries, rich in history and alive with new energy, to discover in the Grampians region. From the iconic Mount Langi Ghiran to the popular Seppelt Great Western, there’s a vast array of destinations to choose from. Visit visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians to find out more.
The Pinnacle Walk
From the local town of Halls Gap, bordering the Grampians National Park, The Pinnacle lookout can be seen towering above everything in its wake. It may look scarily high, but hiking to the lookout is not as gruelling as it seems. Every effort made to get there is worth it, as the scenic views over the vast expanse of the Grampians National Park are staggering.
The easiest route to The Pinnacle begins at the Sundial car park within the national park and ascends to The Pinnacle via Devils Gap. Choose this route if you have children or less confident walkers in tow. The 4.2km walk will take one and a half to two hours for the return trip. It does include water crossings and rock-hopping, so good sturdy shoes are essential.
The more testing walk departs from the aptly named Wonderland car park and ascends via the impressive Grand Canyon. Its unique Australian rock formations are super impressive, albeit on a smaller scale than its American counterpart. The walk continues through the Silent Street before rising up to The Pinnacle. For details, visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au.
Also in the Grampians National Park are the spectacular Mackenzie Falls. The numerous cascades of the Mackenzie River as it flows through the gorge can be viewed from the Bluff Lookout, accessible via a sealed walk that meanders through sheltered woodland from the Mackenzie Falls car park. Daring walkers can also continue on a downward track to the base of the Mackenzie Falls. For details, visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au.
Halls Gap Zoo
Visit Halls Gap Zoo to encounter an amazing 160 species of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Sitting in the foothills of the majestic Grampians mountain ranges, the zoo is home to meerkats, giraffes, cheetahs, red pandas, lemurs, macaws and a huge array of wallaby and kangaroo species. For details, visit http://hallsgapzoo.com.au.
Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre tells the story of the Chinese miners’ taxing journey from Southern China to Australia, where they dreamed big about finding their own pot of gold. Designed in the traditional style of Southern Chinese Architecture, and incorporating the principals of Feng Shui, the two-storey building houses a fascinating selection of interactive displays and period pieces. Imagine life during Ararat’s early beginnings and the excitement of the immigrants who discovered one of the world’s richest shallow alluvial goldfields. For details, visit http://arts-events-tourism.ararat.vic.gov.au/gum-san-heritage-centre.
Brambuk, the National Park & Cultural Centre
Drop in to Brambuk (meaning renewal) to see the culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung indigenous communities come to life. The cultural centre provides everything you need to know about the park and its people, so you’re fully equipped to discover the park’s environment and Aboriginal culture. Enjoy bush foods at the café and perusing the Aboriginal arts and crafts at the gift store. For details, visit http://brambuk.com.au.