AustraliaMelbourne and VictoriaGrampians

It was named after the Grampians Mountains in Scotland because it reminded the first settler in the region of his home country.
235 Kms (140 miles) to the west of Melbourne, the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) is a striking area of Sandstone Mountain Ranges bisected by wildlife filled valleys.

Located in Greater Melbourne, the Grampians are home to rugged rock formations, breathtaking panoramas and Aboriginal rock art dating back 22,000 years. Driving through the backroads you will see kangaroos everywhere – in the wild, hopping over fences and grazing in the fields.

History and Geography of Grampians

As Melbourne developed in the 1830’s, settlers headed west in search of new grazing land. Charles Hall was the first to arrive in the area in 1836.

The Gold Rush of 1857 turned Ararat into a boom town. Ararat today has a population of around 7,000 and is a great experience if you want to see an Australian country town as it really is.

The Grampians mountains are a series of sandstone mountain ridges that jut up from the plains in dramatic contrast to the surrounding farming and grazing land.

Halls Gap is the best base for accommodation to discover the hiking and walking trails of Grampians. The highest peak in the National Park is about 1167 metres (3,800 feet).

Things to do

Nature, wildlife, hiking and scenery are the nature activities. There is a well established wine industry centered on Ararat, Moyston and Great Western.

The Halls Gap Visitors Centre is in the middle of Halls Gap and is a good place to find information and to talk to locals about the activities available. The day walks are excellent in well named “Wonderland” near Halls Gap.

Popular with hikers, the area has a multitude of walking tracks; however, there’s more to the Grampians than spectacular outdoor scenery – there are impressive art galleries and museums to visit as well.

  • The Pinnacle
  • Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre
  • MacKenzie Falls
  • The Balconies lookout
  • Halls Gap Zoo
  • Hamilton Gallery
  • Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
  • J Ward Museum
  • Boroka Lookout
  • Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
  • gamadjidj Aboriginal Art Shelter
Rob Blackburn  | March 2015
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