Grampians travel tips: grand homesteads, gourmet food and mountain hikes
The towering mountain peaks and verdant valleys of the Grampians National Park extend 80km north to south and 50km east to west. Dominated by four major serrated sandstone ranges and ringed by fertile farmland and thriving cool-climate vineyards, the Park is a flourishing playground for natural diversity.
Walking trails throughout the Grampians provide a siren-call for nature lovers. Take an easy stroll along a ferny creek, meander up to a gushing waterfall or work up an appetite on a steep rocky climb. Breathtaking views will reward you on many pathways, along with weird and wonderfully named rock formations, such as Elephant's Hide and Jaws of Death.
A strong Aboriginal heritage resonates throughout the region - also known by the indigenous name of Gariwerd - with 60 identified rock art sites giving visitors more than just walking trails to get excited about. Brambuk, the acclaimed National Park abd Culture Centre at the picturesque township of Halls Gap, is an excellent place to bring the region's cultural heritage to life. Tucked in the shadows of the mountains, Halls Gap lies at the centre of the Park and many tourists use it as a base camp to explore the surrounding environs.
For an intimate escape, the flourishing village of Dunkeld is home to a host of Grampians luxury accommodation. At the foot of Mount Sturgeon Dunkeld sits in a dramatic sport that inspired many early Australian painters. Their legacy lives on in the area's thriving arts community and galleries. Dunkeld also offers one of the best culinary experiences in the state at the Royal Mail Hotel, which won the coveted Country Restaurant of the Year award in the Age Good Food Guide 2011.
With more scenic wonders than you can shake a stick at and enough bushland trails and mountain hikes to keep you physically nourished for days, the Grampians has plenty of natural wonders to keep you busy. Find your Grampians luxury accommodationnow with Beautiful Accommodation.