Looking to escape the rush of the city? Want to embark on many different adventures? Then a trip to the Grampians, located in Victoria, is just right for you. This mountainous region is known for its beautiful national parks, walking trails and excellent cuisine. No matter what you feel like doing, our Grampians hotels will put you close to these experiences.
The Grampians is comprised of many smaller regions, including Ararat, Dunkeld, Great Western, Halls Gap, Hamilton, Horsham and Stawell. Each region has its own unique specialties and attractions, making a trip around the Grampians exciting no matter where you stop. Head to Halls Gap in the centre of the region to visit the famous Grampians National Park. Here, you can climb the sandstone mountain ranges and see the incredible view of Victoria from the top as well as discover Aboriginal rock art throughout the area. You can see more rock art at Black Range, an area near Stawell, including one of Bunjil, an Aboriginal spirit figure.
Learn more about Australia’s gold-mining history at Ararat, where Chinese prospectors once flocked. The Gum San Chinese Heritage Museum has exhibitions and displays about this busy period and you can even pan for gold yourself! Ararat also offers a hair-raising experience in the form of a ghost tour of Aradale, Australia’s largest abandoned lunatic asylum which was last in use in the 1800s. Stop at Hamilton to enjoy the rolling green hills or the tranquil Lake Hamilton. If water activities are your thing, Lake Hamilton offers perfect opportunities for fishing, water skiing, sailing and canoeing. Enjoy more natural beauty at Horsham as well as artists’ representations of the Grampians’ picturesque landscapes at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
Looking for great food and wine? Then a trip to Dunkeld for delicious creations made from local fare or head to the classic cellar doors in Great Western to taste everything from spicy reds to sparkling whites. Dunkeld also comes to life in spring with the Discover Dunkeld event in October. The event puts on a range of activities with a Dunkeld twist, such as a dinner prepared with Dunkeld produce and exhibitions from local artists.
The Grampians is a region of many great experiences and something for everyone and is only a three hour drive from Melbourne. Sound like your kind of holiday? Then book your Grampians accommodation today!