Southern Grampians Accommodation Guide

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General Information About The Grampians Region

The township of Halls Gap, is located well inside the Grampians National Park and properties titles in the main street are controlled by a very small number of owners and as a result the development of the township of Halls Gap has been somewhat restricted. In fact first time visitors to Halls Gap are left wondering where in the township is actually located as result there is only one service station, one supermarket and one restaurant in the middle of Halls Gap. and the nearest pub is about 5 kilometres away. This has distorted the development of the township and deprived Halls Gap of a heart as there is no prices in the town and local visitors know to buy their food and petrol before going to Halls Gap. This notwithstanding Halls Gap is still a very pleasant place to visit and has a similar attractions to places like the Lakes District in England where hiking and bush walking are the most popular pursuits. The Grampians is also filled with most of Australia’s native flora and fauna and popular with overseas visitors looking to see Australia’s wild life in one location. Not to mention the Grampians is one of better wine growing regions and so attracts many wine and food buffs.

The abundant native wildlife in the Grampians is a great attraction, especially for overseas tourists and some city folk who don't get to see our native wildlife very often .

The quintessential Aussie outback, with open plains populated with sheep and a small mountain range covered with bush.

Major Towns

Halls Gap

The township of Halls Gap, is located well inside the Grampians National Park and properties titles in the main street are controlled by a very small number of owners and as a result the development of the township of Halls Gap has been somewhat restricted. In fact first time visitors to Halls Gap are left wondering where in the township is actually located as result there is only one service station, one supermarket and one restaurant in the middle of Halls Gap. and the nearest pub is about 5 kilometres away. This has distorted the development of the township and deprived Halls Gap of a heart as there is no prices in the town and local visitors know to buy their food and petrol before going to Halls Gap. This notwithstanding Halls Gap is still a very pleasant place to visit and has a similar attractions to places like the Lakes District in England where hiking and bush walking are the most popular pursuits. The Grampians is also filled with most of Australia’s native flora and fauna and popular with overseas visitors looking to see Australia’s wild life in one location. Not to mention the Grampians is one of better wine growing regions and so attracts many wine and food buffs..

Dunkeld

Located on the southern edge of the Grampians and on the Glenelg Highway Dunkeld is the southern gateway to the Grampians National Park The town has a population of about 400 and also services the local farming population so it has quite a different feel to Halls gap which relies totally on tourism Dunkeld however lacks the tourist capacity of Halls Gap and although it has one of the regions most up market hotels (the Royal Mail) there is not a large selection of accommodation available.

Stawell

Settled during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850's, Stawell still produces a significant amount of gold and along with a health tourism and agriculture sector, it helps make Stawell a prosperous and thriving community.
Its main attraction is the Stawell Easter gift which is now over a century old and Australia’s richest and oldest footrace. Stawells proximity to the Grampians also makes it a popular alternate destination to places like Halls Gap and Dunkeld .

Attractions in the Grampians

Brambuk

Brambuk is a visitor centre operated by the local Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung aboriginal communities of south-western Victoria. Brambuk has an excellent bush tucker cafe, plus runs bush and rock art tours of the area and well worth a visit if you want to learn something about the culture of the local Aboriginal communities. The centre has quite a lot of information including a film presentation explaining the aboriginal stories about how the area was formed. The local guides will also teach and demonstrate how to play a didgeridoo Open 9:00am to 5:00pm daily - Free Entry .

Halls Gap Zoo

The Halls Gap Zoo is the regions most popular family attraction, and boasts one of the best collections of native animals outside Melbourne and Geelong. It is a family friendly operation, and the park has a good collection of native animals with lots of "hands on" things for the kids ( and big kids) to do. The zoo has recently added to its collection and now ( apart from a large collection of Australian native animals ) has a range of exotic animals including Giraffe, Cheetahs, Meerkats, Lemurs and Red Pandas. The Halls Gap Wildlife Park is a great way to fill in a day ( or half a day) The park is a few kilometres outside Halls Gap on the Ararat road. .

Bush Walks

The Grampians is one of Australia’s most popular walking and hiking destinations, and like the Lakes District in England it owes its popularity to the wide variety of terrain and landscapes all contained within a fairly small area. There are dozens of well marked walking trails ranging from 20 - 30 minute gentle walks to multi day hikes which take in historic gold mining sites and spectacular views across the Grampians ranges .

Major Events

Jazz Festival

The annual Grampians Jazz festival has grown to become one of Victoria’s best jazz events and each year attracts over 130 bands and over 5,000 musicians. The festival runs over 3 days ( and nights) in February and the town is usually booked out months in advance however Stawell and Ararat are quite close and have good accommodation at very reasonable prices.

Grape Escape

Celebrating 22 years, this major regional food and wine festival will showcase Western Victoria's best offerings of wine, beer and gourmet foods There'll be cooking demos by notable chef, Adrian Richardson, wine auctions and a number of culinary challenges including a Junior Cupcake Competition. Guests will also be treated to live entertainment and fun for the kids. General Admission $20, Children $15,.

Spring Flower Show

The Grampians Wildflower Show celebrated its 75th birthday last year, and is one of the only flowers shows in the country that specialises in Australian native flowers. Over the last few years, Halls Gap has struggled to stage the show due in part to the small resident population of the township. The 2014 show was slightly smaller with most activities taking place in the Grampians Flora Botanic Garden in Halls Gap, and this years event is expected to be run on a similar program. The Grampians Wildflower Show is run in the first week of October each year.

Pinnacle Holiday Lodge Halls Gap

Mid Price

Pinnacle Holiday Lodge has Motel and Self-contained accommodation set on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped native gardens in the heart of Halls Gap. Self-contained and Motel styled spa units available with first class service and excellent facilties. Within 100 metres of the Stony Creek Shops, Cafes ,Bakery and Quarry Restuarant.

AVG/NIGHT$120 BOOK NOW

Comfort In Halls Gap Halls Gap

Mid Price

Award winning 53 unit motel located close to the centre of Halls Gap.. Surrounded by gardens and natural bushland the Colonial offers guests uninterrupted views of the Grampians National Park. Guests are invited to dine in Darby's Licensed Restaurant which showcases fine local food and wines The Colonial also has a facilities for day and residential conferences.

AVG/NIGHT$110 SELECT

Grampians ChaletsWarrnambool

485 reviews

The Grampians Chalets are the perfect place to stay for that weekend away or family holiday amid the picturesque mountain ranges. Fully self contained with luxury appointments such as spa bath,microwave, dishwasher, TV, air-conditioning, all linen and a gas log fire. Special rates apply for 2 night and mid week stays. Standard cottages from $120 per couple per night plus $10 per extra person. Deluxe cottages from $175 per night.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

Grampians View CottagesHalls Gap

485 reviews

Wood fires - Heated indoor pool - Tennis Court - Playground Grampians View is situated 2.7km from Halls Gap, close to Halls Gap Hotel on 6 acres of native gardens with indoor heated pool, tennis court, basketball ring and playground, there is something for the whole family, or just relax and enjoy our "Peace of the Grampians "

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

The Rocks Apartments Halls Gap

485 reviews

The Rocks Apartments offers a relaxed and friendly style of accommodation within walking distance of the centre of Halls Gap. A choice of one and two bedroom, open plan villas suitable for couples or families set in a neatly maintained garden setting. All villas are fully self contained with linen and towels provided.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE
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Grampians Travel Options

Getting Here

Via Air - The closest link to the Grampians via air, is Hamilton (50 kms) which is serviced by Sharp Airline with daily flights in and out of the city - the closest rail service is via Ararat, which is about 30 kilometres away. The rail service is on the main Melbourne - Adelaide line so the standard of service is quite good
Coach services there are daily services which which connect to Ararat, Ballarat, Hamilton and Stawell, and a coach service that connects to Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road which operates on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Local Travel

Due to its size and its small population, there is no public transport system in the Grampians, however there are daily bus services which connect with Ararat and Stawell but some are only one way and don't have a same day return.
Halls Gaps has a small shuttle bus service which also doubles as a taxi, they also run small sightseeing tours around the Grampians.
The closest dedicated taxi is based in Stawell, some 30kms away, apparently they will take bookings from Halls Gap but it may be costly.

Tours

The are a number of adventure tour operators in the region offering walking, hiking and climbing tours. The local indigenous culture centre, "Brambuk" runs two tours including a Dreamtime Creation tour which focuses on the local creation story and a "Six Seasons" tour takes in some of the best views in the Grampians - both tours incorporate visits to some of the Grampians ancient Rock Art sites.