Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park
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Heritage-listed for its animal and plant life, Aboriginal heritage and stunning natural beauty, the Grampians National Park is one of Australia's most recognisable places. Explore the natural beauty of the Grampians from its world-famous hiking trails or by taking a scenic drive. Discover majestic waterfalls, dazzling spring wildflower displays and awe-inspiring mountain panoramas. Cross paths with kangaroos, wallabies, emus and native birds. Traditionally known as Gariwerd, this region is home to the largest number of significant and ancient Aboriginal rock art paintings and shelters in southern Australia. A visit to Brambuk – The National Park & Cultural Centre will help you get the most of your trip to these rock shelters.
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michelle L
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Apr 2022 • Solo
I am sure that it will be beautiful there but the travel agency, Malverick travel, was horrible. I booked the ticket, went there early, but no one showed up at all to pick up. People were all waiting there without any notified infos. And at the end, had to cancel the trip and got refund. We already spent the time to get to the pick up site and everyone was all disappointed since we all planned the day.
Written April 15, 2022
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HD1979
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
I grew up a few hours from the Grampians and would often spend my weekends hiking there. I have since moved elsewhere in Australia but recently visited again and enjoyed my visit every bit as much as in the past. I figured I might as well provide a comprehensive review on Tripadvisor, because there isn't one here yet.

Firstly, some areas are currently closed due to flood damage caused in early 2011, so you need to check online before you go and make plans. Prior to my departure the park's website offered reasonably accurate information and maps regarding closures.

One of the things that particularly struck me on this visit was the visual similarity between the Grampians and Australia's far north. Some people may not agree with me, but while spending time among the dry, rocky northern section I felt very much as though I was in a similar landscape to that found in the escarpment country of the Northern Territory (which I have visited). The landscape is different to most parks in Australia's south-east and I think this provides a real benefit, and a window into landscapes elsewhere.

It is a surprisingly large park, for starters, about 100km from one end to the other. Halls Gap essentially provides the focal point for visits, and contains much of the accommodation and visitor info centres, but many excellent hikes can be found elsewhere. The park is often broken up into northern, central and southern sections. I tend to think of it in this way too, though perhaps you could add a western, or south-western section that encompasses the Victoria Range. I have generally always spent most of my time in the central and northern sections and will mainly detail those here.

The vast majority of people seem to spend 24-48 hours in the park, based in Halls Gap to look at the attractions in the central section. If you can devote 3-4 days to the park you'll obviously get far more out of it and can explore other equally rewarding parts. I think it is worth the extra time, as it has always been one of my favourite hiking destinations.
The attractions in the central section are well-attended. Don't expect much solitude at places like Boroka Lookout, McKenzie Falls, The Balconies & to hike through the Grand Canyon to the Pinnacle. If you don't like crowds either go on weekdays, away from holiday periods or start early and beat the crowds. All of these are worthwhile but many equally excellent attractions exist in the other sections.
I would add that the lesser-known walk to the summit of Mt Rosea, in the central section, is an excellent and worthwhile hike. While the climb isn't quite as interesting as the trip through the Grand Canyon to the Pinnacle, I think the view from the top is better (particularly in the morning with the sun illuminating the east-facing rock walls) and there is a fraction of the crowds found on The Pinnacle hike. Good for something different.
As for places to stay, we stayed in Plantation campground, about 8min drive north of Halls Gap on a good quality unsealed road, and found it to be a lovely, quiet and spacious campground with pit toilets and basic bush showers, which were fun to use. All campgrounds were $14.50 per night for a couple during our recent visit, and were payable at the visitor centre.

Moving north, the area around Mt Difficult has some top walking and can be accessed from Halls Gap or the highway to the north by about 25-30min of driving along good quality unsealed road. I have in the past started walks from Troopers Creek campground, climbed up to Mt Difficult, along to Briggs Bluff (great views) before descending to the road to return to Troopers Creek. This may well be a bigger walk than some prefer, but it is possible, though the 8km return walk on the asphalt wasn't that great. The views and beauty provided by this section are excellent, as you're often walking up through huge rock outcrops and/or have unhindered views out to the west. An additional benefit is the lack of other people. Though you can see farms and roads from walks in this area I have done entire day walks in this section without ever meeting another hiker.

Further to this, I particularly enjoy the northern section of the park. The crowds are thinner and the predominantly unsealed roads seem to help thin the crowds, though this section can be seen as the most accessible, due to the proximity of the highway. The unsealed roads here (and everywhere else in the park) are almost always in good condition - I have taken compact 2WD cars down many of them without the slightest problem. Stapylton Campground is an excellent campground with great views, pit toilets and basic bush showers, as well as an Aboriginal rock art site 300m walk from the campground.
My two picks for things to do in the northern section are Mt Stapylton & Hollow Mountain. The walk to the summit of Mt Stapylton is a fantastic, relatively easy 2hr walk involving an overall climb of about 250m, and offers superb views out over the beautiful surrounding farmland and the Mt Difficult Range to the south. You can often see rock climbers attempting to scale the bright orange 'Taipan Wall' on Stapylton's west face, which also looks great in afternoon light. Hollow Mountain, accessible from a nearby carpark, is also an excellent short walk and takes you up to a series of caves that you can climb through, ending up taking you all the way through the inside of the mountain to an opening overlooking the Stapylton amphitheatre (hence, hollow mountain). Something really different there. The climb up Mt Zero is short, but Mts Stapylton or Hollow are worth the slightly greater effort in my opinion.

To end, just a few other tips:
- As always, be mindful of changeable weather. The southern end of the park is less than 100km from the coast, and cold changes can and do sweep in from time.
- That said, don't be afraid of wet weather. The park can be really beautiful in misty, rainy conditions, even if they take away the grand, sweeping views.
- Use the national park campsites. They are generally pretty good and in great locations and you can avoid the crowds and noise at Halls Gap.
- Explore. I'm sure there's a bunch of amazing things there that I'm yet to see, and this park really seems to reward people who take the initiative to explore the place well.
Written January 13, 2012
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Sherro_9
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
Went to the Grampians for a 3 night stay with two other male adults and 8 kids under 13. The kids had a ball with not a Playstation 3 or Ipad to be seen. There are plenty of great campgrounds there. We like to rough it , we carry in all we need.

Best avdenture was waking up at 4.30am to walk a 3 km trail (with a head lamp) to the peak of the Serra Range and watch the sun come up. Amazed at the noise of the birds waking in the Valley.

Kids hung out togther creating their own fun down by the creek. They enjoyed chopping wood, starting the camp fire safely and telling stories round the fire at night as we listened to chilled out music.
You need a good zero degree rated sleeping bag as it can get down to close on freezing.

After about several failed attempts on previous trips, I final mastered damper in a camp oven.

Awesome time. Only small camping site fee.
Written October 8, 2012
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ColinBut
England117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
We have recently spent two wonderful days in the Grampian National Park, around the Halls Gap area. The walking trails and views were outstanding, and we enjoyed all that we did in too short a time.

We also enjoyed the Grampian Motel, for which there is a separate review.

As with all our trips to a new area, our first stop is always at the Visitor Centre, for maps and advice. However, our experience of the Visitor Centre here was not good. The Visitor Centre at Halls Gap is named 'Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre'. As usual, we went there, and asked for advice and a map of walks in the area. The young man gave us a very vague overall tourist map, and spoke knowledgeably, but too fast, about many walks, and covered the tourist map with a highlighter. He also mentioned many alternative routes, etc., which we found far to complex to remember. So, we set off on the Pinnacle walk, which was great. At the Pinnacle, we met an Australian couple, who were behind us at the Visitor Centre, but they had a walking map! We asked where they had got it, and were told they, too, had only been offered the overall, tourist map, but had pressed for something better, which was reluctantly provided. Consequently, they knew another return walk from the Pinnacle. The next day, as the Visitor Centre did not open until 9.00am we went off to see a waterfall, which we had seen signposted on the previous day. After 10 km from the Visitor Centre, we found the road was closed, with no notice at the beginning of the side road. We returned to the Visitor Centre (another 10 km), which was then open, and we were told that we should not have gone in that direction! After much discussion and lack of admission of error, we were given a walking map of the area, which did show us that the road was closed.

The whole point of this review is that the Grampians area is excellent, but the helpfulness of the staff at the Visitor Centre is considerably lacking. A Visitor Centre is meant to help!

We may be visiting from overseas, and there is no charge for visiting the Grampians National Park, but we were bringing income into Australia, and helping the economy.
Written February 10, 2012
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shniks
melbourne111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Family
This place is my favourite part of Victoria. We come back every few years because it is such a beautiful part of the country. There are heaps of interesting bushwalks though forests and to waterfalls, as well as plenty of lookouts. Must-do's include Reed's lookout, Boroka lookout, McKenzie Falls, the Wonderland picnic area and Pinnacle lookout. Though a few areas are closed due to flood damage, check the national parks webpage for details. We visited in Nov 2011 and it was still amazing despite the few closed areas. Silverband falls has been severely damaged, but the area is worth a visit just to see the destruction from the recent floods.

Halls Gap is a great place to base yourself because it is nestled between two mountain peaks, so the views from your accommodation are usually quite beautiful. There is an overpriced supermarket here, I recommend you drive 20 minutes to Stawell for more much cheaper groceries. There are also a number of restaurants, takeaway's, a bakery and a couple of gift stores. There is a huge playground across the road from the shops, kids enjoyed playing there after lunch. A sealed bike/walking track runs along the main road from the shops to the brambrunk visitor centre, which is a nice and easy ride for families.

Heaps of kangaroos that come out at dusk around Halls Gap, it is common to see kangaroos hopping past your hotel window. The walk from the Brambrunk Visitor centre is great for kangaroo spotting. There used to be heaps of cockatoos flying around in the evenings too, but we didnt see as many last time we were there, I wonder what happened to them all? I hope they come back. We have also seen kookaburras, wallabies, giant lizards and echidnas, so I would highly recommend this area for wildlife spotting.
Written July 8, 2012
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Francesco F
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
In my back door and it took me over 50 years to get here.

Do your self a favour, put on the joggers and take an amazing trip to our own Grand Canyon and a trip to tthhe Piniccle is woth the climb.

Take water with you and leave plenty of room before sunset. It's a 3 hour round trip and well worth the effort to climb t hge rocks.
Written March 18, 2019
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Cindy Nickels
Bendigo, Australia314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
From waterfalls to nature hikes, this place is stunningly beautiful. The wildlife abounds and is very friendly, from kangaroos and emus strolling around and magnificent bird life. A number of lookouts in the area provide amazing views.
Written March 13, 2019
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Johnny Campbell
Kyle of Lochalsh, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Wow the Grampians are just stunning the views are to die for and the drive there was good we booked a motorhome and to see Oz it’s def the way to go... we went up to Boroka view point and it’s a lookout that never disappoints just beautiful we will be back next year without a doubt
Written March 1, 2019
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PhilMalone
Footscray, Australia1,461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The Grampians National Park is one of Australia's best. It is easy to reach by car and there is plenty of comfortable accommodation in Halls Gap, most of which has great views of the surrounding mountains.

We spent 2 and a half days there in late September. The first half day we did our shopping (much cheaper if you stay in self catering accommodation as the restaurants in Halls Gap are excessively expensive). Cheaper to shop at Woolies in Stawell (again the little supermarket in Halls Gap is very expensive with fruit/veg that is not always fresh). On this half day we also visited "Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre" for a great introduction to the Grampians, maps and some good advice.

The first full day was spent visiting the following lookouts - Boroka Lookout, followed by MacKenzie Falls and then Reed Lookout and the Balconies. If you start with Boroka Lookout this gives you a spectacular view of the Grampians to put everything else into perspective (advice given to us by the friendly staff at "Brambuk"). You can drive straight to Boroka Lookout, so it doesn't involve any walking. MacKenzie Falls and Reed Lookout/Balconies do involve short and easy walks but also give you great views. Make sure you take a camera !! I don't share my best photos on this website.

The 2nd full day we left for the longer and more strenuous walks - Mount William and the Pinnacles. Again, another superb opportunity for photos and taking in the views. I have done separate reviews of all these attractions - so check them out for more details.

All these attractions are free and represent a great way to spend a few days. I would like to go back and explore more next time. We stayed at Halls Gap Valley Lodges (see separate review). After driving there via Stawell and returning via Ararat, I would strongly recommend the drive via Ararat which is much more beautiful than coming in via Stawell. Enjoy this great National Park :-)
Written October 12, 2015
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josje
Leiden, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
We were travelling with a toddler and almost 4 year old and really enjoyed the walking and sightseeing in the park, it was just so beautiful! In halls Gap is a very big free playground to release all the energy after a long ride/walk. We were with a big motorhome and the roads get a bit windy and steep, but still doable. Parking was another thing in the Easter weekend, a lot of stops were not an option because of the overcrowded parking lots. One day we did the Balconies and something I can't remember anymore. The other day the Pinnacle. Loaded with two back carriers, we just went uphill. Our eldest walked the first bit and she certainly wasn't the only child climbing the rocks. We paid a lot of attention to her off course and made sure she wouldn't hurt herself, and were only a bit afraid at the top, just because of the heights and there aren't any fences all around off course :) She walked until halfway and then chose to sit at our back carrier. The youngest did walk around a bit at the top and flat parts and further slept a lot :) We saw many families with back carriers which gave us the last bit of confidence that this was really doable. The kids loved it and the views are amazing. Definitely one of the top 3 attractions in our Eastcoasttrip of 7 weeks!
Count on 5 hours from the wonderland carpark including the extra kilometre just for a change of scenery when you go with (small) kids, because they don't walk that fast and you need more stops for bananas and the like. The brochure said something like 3,5 hours I think. Don't forget sunscreen for the kids!

For less heavy walking, the Venus Baths should be nice,flat, short walk with shallow water for the little ones. It was raining the day after, so we skipped it, but would otherwise def do it.
Written May 28, 2015
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