Take a trip back in time and discover the beauty of this ancient Australian landscape
Formed some 400 million years ago in the area that would become Western Victoria, the Grampians’ striking sandstone mountains are the result of the slow passage of wind, rain and water through hundreds of millennia, creating the steep craggy slopes and majestic, upward-thrusting rock monoliths we see today.
Now a designated National Park that spans 167,000 hectares, it brims with breathtaking natural, historical and cultural attractions. From some of the best rock-climbing in Australia to the richest Indigenous rock art sites in Southeastern Australia as well as gourmet food and wine trails, there is something for every kind of visitor to the Grampians.
Grampians Peaks Trail
The Grampians Peak Trail is a world-class, long-distance walking trail, enabling hikers to enjoy the best of the Grampians National Park. The first stage of the 144 kilometre long trail is now open and covers some of the Grampians most loved features. It is a 33 kilometre loop walk and can be completed over three days and two nights.
The most famous peak in the Grampians National Park, Pinnacle Lookout boasts spectacular views through the valley of the National Park. It is formed of irregular and fascinating rock formations, for which the Grampians region is so well known.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Visitors can learn about the Grampians’ Aboriginal culture and history at Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Central. Surrounded by dramatic mountain views, spectacular waterfalls and wildflowers, the centre houses a Bushfoods café and a Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre. Brambuk also operates Aboriginal culture tours showcasing the area’s famed rock art.
Royal Mail Hotel
The Royal Mail Hotel offers luxury accommodation set in extensive Australian gardens, with stunning views of the Southern Grampians Ranges. The hotel boasts a vast wine collection which has been privately curated over the past 40 years and is regularly awarded internationally. The menu in the dining room features the highest quality, locally sourced produce and changes with the seasons.
Best’s Great Western
Experience a taste of the best at one of Australia’s oldest family-owned and operated wineries with a reputation for producing exceptional Shiraz. It is known to have some of the oldest vines in Australia and produces extraordinary wines with great longevity. The Stables Cellar Door is a great place to taste the wines before experiencing the original underground cellar on their self-guided tour. Best’s Great Western is located in the township of Great Western and is an absolute must-visit for any wine fancier.
Mackenzie Falls flows year round and is one of Victoria’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Fast flowing water cascades over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge.
A local treasure for over 50 years, Hamilton Gallery presents a range of exhibitions, programs and events that stimulate understanding, awareness and enjoyment of the visual arts. The gallery’s collection includes works by some of the greatest European, Asian and Australian masters. Silver, porcelain and glass from the beginning of the 18th century onward, Asian ceramics from the major dynasties, European and Australian prints, 18th century landscapes, Australian oil paintings and watercolours and fine international and Australian examples of 20th century decorative arts combine to form a collection of over 8000 items.