Activities

Halls Gap is located in the heart of the Grampians National Park.  There is something to do for everyone.  Chill out, relax and reconnect with nature.  Enjoy stunning local produce and wines.  Or, get active, get healthy and recharge your batteries.

‘reconnect with nature’

 

Halls Gap and the Grampians offer an amazing variety of things to see and do.  If you want to get energetic, hike to the Pinnacle, try abseiling or mountain climbing, go on a bush walk or enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing or sailing at a local lake.

‘an amazing variety of things to see and do’

 

If you are looking to relax, then enjoy local produce at a local cafe, hotel or winery.  Or maybe you would like to reconnect with nature, enjoy the wildlife, see the wildflowers and diverse range of local flora.  Get in touch with your artistic side and meet a diverse range of artists and master artisans who choose the Grampians as their home to inspire their work. And don’t forget to check out the Aboriginal rock art sites and the Brambuk Cultural Centre.

‘enjoy the wildlife’

 

Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world come for the abseiling, rock climbing, bush walking and cycling.   Nature lovers are awestruck by the wild life, native plants and delicate wildflowers. The region’s fascinating aboriginal history is told through ancient rock art.

Here is a quick snapshot of some of the many activities you can do in the Grampians.

The Grampians National Park

Rising abruptly from the surrounding western plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.

A network of walking tracks throughout the park allows you to explore cascading waterfalls, brilliant spring wildflower displays, and panoramic views from lookouts.

Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre

Brambuk is about bringing life to the history and culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung and Aboriginal communities of south-western Victoria.  Ownership of Brambuk is shared between five Aboriginal communities with historic links to the Gariwerd-Grampians ranges and the surrounding plains.

Chat to information staff about the many recreational opportunities available, visit the spectacular Gariwerd dreaming theatre, explore interpretive displays or relax in the bush tucker café. Cultural Rangers will be able to take you on a bush tucker walk or rock art tour, or you can try your hand at traditional Aboriginal painting methods.

Indigenous rock art

Hike across the rugged Grampians’ landscape to a number of ancient rock art sights. The region has the largest number of rock art sites in southern Australia and over eighty percent of Victoria’s rock art sites. Five sites are open to the public including, Billimina, Gulgurn Manja, Manja, (all in the Grampians National Park) and Bunjil’s in Black Range Reserve near Stawell. (http://www.visitvictoria.com/)

Grampians Great Escape – Food and Wine Festival

Halls Gap is home to one of Australia’s longest running food and wine festivals, the Grampians Grape Escape.  The event is held over the first weekend of May every year. Launched in 1992, the Grampians Grape Escape is a hallmark event for Victoria and provides food and wine offerings by more than 100 local artisan producers, live music and family entertainment.

Grampians Jazz Festival – Grampians Music Festival in 2017

The amazing Grampians Jazz festival is an event not to be missed. With over 5,000 musicians and thousands of spectators, this annual event is considered a major tourist drawcard in the region. The event’s high popularity is what makes it a major hit amongst jazz fans over the past 30 years.

The event is about to reborn and reinvigorated as the Grampians Music Festival in February 2017.  New genres of music such as Indie folk, rock and blues will be added to the repertoire.  Don’t miss this unique Halls Gap event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Grampians Textures

Grampians Textures offers an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for textile artists. It is designed for artists to enjoy tranquillity, bush and mountain landscapes together with quality textile workshops lead by professional Australian and international tutors. Grampians Textures provides a variety of workshops for those wanting to expand their skills and expression in textile mediums. Make a holiday of it and enjoy a supportive and memorable experience in a beautiful location.

Halls Gap Zoo

Situated at the foothills of the majestic Grampians mountain ranges, the Halls Gap Zoo comprises 160 species of native & exotic mammals, reptiles and birds.  Observe the inquisitive meerkats, gigantic giraffe, velocious cheetah, regal red panda, playful lemurs, colourful macaws and a plethora of wallaby and kangaroo species.  This is a great experience for all ages.

Run the Gap 

Halls Gap hosts the annual Run the Gap event each May.  Participants can complete a 6km walk/run along Fyans Creek trail, run 12km including a lap across the wall at stunning Lake Bellfield, or test themselves in the 21km trail run.  This year the event is scheduled for Sunday, 22nd May 22 2016.  All proceeds from the run go to community projects.

Absolute Outdoors

Since 1989 Absolute Outdoors Australia (formally Grampians Adventure Services) has been providing quality outdoor experiences to people and various groups from Australia all over the world. The wonderful picturesque regions in which we operate provide the perfect locations for a wide range of unique multi-award winning ecologically sustainable outdoor activities.  Canoeing tranquil lakes, climbing to spectacular views, mountain bike riding through pristine bush, checking out the local wildlife, bush walking through unique and ancient environments, life long experiences, challenges and choice.

Grampians Adventure Golf

Fast becoming recognised as the best in Australia, this 18 hole course is set on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.  Two mini mountains form the centre of the course from which six waterfalls and streams meander around, over and under the greens. Themed around the magnificent Grampians mountains in Victoria, many of the holes are named after popular tourist icons. i.e the 7th hole is ‘The Grand Canyon’, The 18th is “The Pinnacle” and the 10th is the “Nerve Test”.

Halls Gap Golf Club

The Halls Gap Community Sports Club invites you to play the 9 hole Mount Difficult Golf Course.  The course boasts spectacular views of the  Grampians National Park’s Mount Difficult and Wonderland ranges. Enjoy a round of golf at this spectacular course with kangaroos, emu, deer and lots of native birdlife.