The Grampians are located 260km northwest of Melbourne. The mountainous national park of rugged beauty stretches from Dunkeld in the south to Halls Gap and beyond in the north. Driving north through the centre of the park is beautifully scenic, the main attractions being in the northern section.
North of Dunkeld is Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt. These mountain ranges offer walking trails to their summits suitable for the fit and energetic only. Both walks are graded difficult with steep gradients and are 7km return. The panoramic views from the top are undoubtedly impressive.
In the northern end of the park is Halls Gap, the main township in The Grampians tucked away between Mt Difficult and Mt William Ranges and a good place to base camp and visit the nearby waterfalls and lookouts. There are several caravan parks located at Halls Gap. Pet owners note that the town is on the outskirts of the park boundary and dogs are permitted at the Grampians Gardens Tourist Park.
Silver Band Falls is situated just south of Halls Gap on Silver Band Rd. An easy 1km walk reaches the intriguing falls which tumble down the cliff face and disappear into a pile of rocks and boulders and emerge further downstream. It’s amazing there isn’t a plunge pool at all beneath the falls, the water travelling underground to downstream.
The other main attractions are accessible via Mt Victory Rd, west of town. Turn right to Boroka Lookout which offers magnificent panoramic views over the Wonderland and Mt William Ranges, Halls Gap, several lakes and surrounding fertile plains. The lookout is located near the carpark.
Turn left off the main road to Reed Lookout
which boasts more mountain and valley views from the carpark and an easy 1km walk through bushland finds The Balconies
. Protruding rock ledges from the cliff face make an interesting formation with ranges and Lake Wartook as a picturesque backdrop. Standing on the balcony is not recommended as the ledge could give way at any time.
Further on turn right off Mt Victory Rd to MacKenzie Falls
. An easy 600m walk takes you to a stairway descending past the top pool to the bottom of the falls. The views of the wide falls gushing over the cliff face are spectacular.
Northwest of the falls is Zumstein
, a historic settlement site dating back to the 1900’s. You can take a walk and explore the ruins, read the history and cross the MacKenzie River.
Camping is permitted in designated areas within the national park, however not at any of the main attractions. Call into the Dunkeld or Halls Gap Visitor Centre for a park map and further information on bush camping sites.
The Grampians is a pleasantly scenic national park with striking mountain ranges, sweeping valleys and majestic waterfalls. The central tourist drive and main attractions can easily be done in half a day, however if time permits it’s a beautiful park to stay longer and appreciate.
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