The Grampians is a ‘small’ national park, just a two hours drive inland from the coast and the Great Ocean Road (Warrnambool or Port Fairy). If you are a bit sick of coast, water and beaches, this is an ideal place to enjoy the mountain range for a few days! On your way there are a few bigger towns, namely Dunkeld, Ararat and Stawell (depending on which route you take). Be sure to stock up. We stayed at Halls Gap, a little town in the middle of the park. A good starting point to get your information about the park and an insight in the history of the region is Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre.
There are quite a lot Aboriginal art sites in the park and many walking tracks and lookouts, which can be challenging from time to time 😉 We’ve only hiked some of them. A very popular track is the Wonderland Range to The Pinnacle. This walk is about 4.2 km return, but it looks like it is never ending … Especially the last part is difficult, it is called the Grand Canyon section, in the picture you can see why 🙂 But the view over the valley and the national park is very rewarding! Another spot to have the same beautiful views, is Mount William. This easy but sometimes steep walk is about 3.5km return. The walk to the Mackenzie Falls is also short and easy, which doesn’t mean it is less beautiful! It must have been the first time we saw kangaroo tails (although we didn’t know the name of that strange plant at the time ;-)). And in the category ‘short but seemingly endless walks’ we have the walk to the Reed Lookout and Balkonies. Water and a good physic is what you need … The Boroka Lookout on the other hand is just a lookout where you can park your car. Very well done by the park architects. The pathway is build literally around the one tree that stands on the cliff.
There is much more to see and walk in the Grampians, so hopefully you go and take a look for yourself!
A good article about The Grampians: Grampians National Park