Looking at what to do in the Grampians? The Best’s team has your itinerary sorted. Just follow these tips for a memorable stay in our neck of the woods.
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. However, 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. Click here to find out more or visit our blog about our home town of Great Western.
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 some 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, click here.
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.
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, click here.
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.
Drop in to Brambuk (which means “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 peruse the Aboriginal arts and crafts at the gift store. For details, click here.
Take a guided tour of J Ward, Ararat's Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum. Hear stories of murderers, ghosts and mistreatment of mental illness. J Ward located in Ararat, close to the Grampians and open daily for tours by passionate Friends of J Ward volunteers. More than 10,000 people visit each year. Tours take 1-1.5 hours, bookings are required.
Tours run at 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday with extra tours at 11am and 2pm on weekends and Victorian public and school holidays (except Christmas Day).