A Perfect 3 Day Itinerary In The Beautiful Grampians

The Grampians

The Grampians National Park located in Western Victoria is known for its sandstone peaks and abundance of native wildlife. It is a very popular spot for hiking and spending time in the outdoor’s. It’s a beautiful destination to escape to for the weekend. The Grampians offer some of the best hikes in Victoria and are also a great place to go camping in the bush. However, for less active visitors, there are still beautiful drives to panoramic lookouts, wineries, and Aboriginal rock art. There are also a few fairly easy and accessible walks such as Venus Baths, The Halls Gap Botanical Gardens, and The Balconies. This Itinerary is a detailed 3 day and 4 nights in the beautiful Grampians. Click Here for other beautiful hikes in the Grampians.

Camping

I wouldn’t recommend bringing your motorhome through the Grampians as the roads have winding and tight roads also the carparks are only small. Driving around in your car is the most popular and safest way around the Grampians. Bring your caravan and unhitch before heading into the Grampians.

Halls Gap Caravan Park | This is one of the most popular caravan parks in the area and is located right in the middle of Halls Gap. They have a range of facilities including powdered and unpowered sites and self-contained cabins. Unpowered sites start from $36 per night and powered sites from $43.50 per night. Check their latest prices and availability here.

Parks Victoria Campgrounds-There is 12 campgrounds scattered around the national park. They must be booked and paid for on their website here. These campgrounds all have basic toilet and shower facilities as well as tank water and fire pits.

Plantation Campground– This is the largest and most popular public campground in the Grampians. It’s entirely free and has room for plenty of tents, caravans, campervans, and cars. It’s 10km north of Halls Gap along with the corrugated dirt Mt Zero Road. Note that there’s not much phone reception in the campground.

Lake Lonsdale– Located just 20 minutes from Halls Gap and 15 minutes from Stawell is this beautiful free camp right by the lake. There is plenty of room for tents, caravans, and Campervans. It is dog friendly and offers basic toilet facilities. There is also a dump point and drinking water located in Stawell. There are 3 Parts to the free campground Diggers Rest, Flat Rock, and Lake Lonsdale.

Day 1

On your drive to the Grampians, stop in at Pomonal Estate or Fallen Giants Vineyard for a light lunch and a wine tasting. The drive from Melbourne is about 3 hours and I would either recommend a night in Ararat at Green Hill Lake free campground. This is a great free camp spot and only 40 minutes from Halls Gap. It offers hot showers, Drinking water and great toilet facilities. You can also stop in Ararat to stock up on food and supplies for the next 3 days.

Arrive and Explore

After the stop at a winery continue into Halls Gap and either check into your accommodation or set up your campsite. Then in the afternoon head out to MacKenzie’s Falls and enjoy one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls. On your way back, continue to Boroka Lookout and watch the sunset. In the evening head back into Halls Gap for dinner.

Day 2

Drive to Wonderland Car Park head here for sunrise at The Pinnacle. Sunrise is the best time as there are no crowds and you get the place to yourself. The hike is 5.5km and is a 2-hour return. Begin at the carpark and then continue along the well-marked trail above the tree line and over the exposed rock to Silent Street, a skinny crevasse. Once you pass through the rock faces, climb the steep metal ladder and over some more exposed rocky ground until you reach the edge of the ridge. You’ll find the main fenced Pinnacle lookout jutting out over the edge. On the way back walk via the impressive Grampians version of the Grand Canyon. After the hike drive to Reeds Lookout. The view from the Reeds Lookout car park gives you beautiful panorama views over the entire national park. Continue the 1km track out to The Balconies along a sandy flat track. Then head back to Halls Gap for lunch.

The afternoon

In the afternoon, park at the end of Tandara Road in Halls Gap and hike up to Boronia Peak for another beautiful viewpoint over the area. Take the left trail at the signposted junction and begin the climb up to the peak. It’s a well-made trail with rocky steps cut into the slope. Eventually you’ll get to the top of the ridge. From there you have to climb a little over rocks to reach the viewpoint. You can see down to Halls Gap and across to Bellfield Lake with the long Wonderland Range stretching right across in front of you. Return via the same one. It’s a 6.5km return walk and will take about 2 hours.

Day 3

Hollow Mountain

Located in the North Grampians and a 40-minute drive from Halls Gap. Hollow Mountain hike is suitable for fit and energetic walkers and can involve steep inclines, rock hopping, and rock scrambling. From the car park, follow the signs to Hollow Mountain. The gravel track climbs gradually through a wide-open path surrounded by rocky cliffs. The track then leads up some boulders and along narrow ledges. This is an amazing hike with spectacular views from the top. The Hike is a 2.4km return hike and will take about 2 hours to complete. While out this way you may also want to stop past the town of Horsham before heading back to Halls Gap.

Fyans creek Loop

In the Afternoon head to Fyans creek Loop which starts from Brambuk Cultural Centre. The loop is 2.9km and will take about 40 minutes to complete.

Day 4

Venus Bath via Chatauqua loop

Head out to Venus bath loop and if you are up to the challenging hike up to the peak of Chautauqua peak for sunrise. the circuit is a 5.6km loop and will take about 2 hours to complete. Along the walk, you will also pass Clematis Falls. After the waterfall, the track gets steeper and rockier to the peak. The last 300 meters is a scramble across the rocks.

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