|GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK - VICTORIA|
The Grampians National Park is one of Victoria's most popular
holiday destinations. Only 3 hours west of Melbourne along the
Western Highway, it offers peace and tranquility, magnificent
scenery, climbs and walks, easy access to spectacular lookouts
and features, and a romantic atmosphere unrivalled elsewhere in
Kookaburras and Corellas greet you each morning as their musical calls echo from the mountains, koalas feed in the trees and kangaroos cross the roads at will, all creating a rustic and rural atmosphere into which you are quickly absorbed.
The walks and mountain-sides of the Grampians are covered with beautiful wildlowers of every variety. The common heath will be seen everywhere and in September the hills are ablaze with colour. The Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) is the largest in Victoria, being approximately 100km. long and 50km. wide. Situated in the heart of western Victoria, it is easily reached from Adelaide, Melbourne, the Riverland, the South Coast or the South East of South Australia. Halls Gap, Stawell and Ararat offer a broad range of accommodation and facilities for visitors, from where you can explore the wonders of this beautiful area. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, The Grampians are a range of spectacular sand-stone ridges, heavily timbered, and rich in wildflowers and fauna. Unusual rock formations, aboriginal rock paintings, waterfalls and lakes, streams, and some 400km. of walking tracks make it an ideal place to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle, and to mingle with nature. Ongoing erosion has created unique rock formations, most of which are easily reached by car or foot, and include the Elephant's Hide, Fallen Giant, Grand Canyon, Nerve Test, Lady's Hat and The Balconies. Walking tracks lead to such spectacular lookouts as The Pinnacle, Mackeys Peak and Boronia Peak. By car you can reach Boroka and Reid's Lookouts, and Mount William, all offering wonderful views across the ranges or township.
The Grampians were named when Major Thomas Mitchell visited the area and climbed Mount William in 1836. He found mountains covered in wildflowers of all colours. Some plant will be flowering at any time of the year, however, they are best seen from August to November. A wildflower exhibition is held in Halls Gap each September. The Grampians are also a sanctuary for the many species of wildlife, including the common kangaroos and koalas. Other rarer species include gliders, bandicoots, potoroos and native mice, with more than 200 species of birds in the area. Aboriginal art sites also dot the area, with more than 40 recorded, many easily accessible. Among the many sites in the Victoria Range are the 'Cave of Hands', 'Camp of the Emu Foot', 'Cave of Fishes', 'Fertility Cave', and 'Glenisla Shelter'. In the Northern Grampians, visit the Flat Rock Shelter and 'Cave of Ghosts'. Nearer Stawell you will find 'Bunjil's Shelter'. Information Centres in Stawell, Halls Gap and Ararat offer detailed brochures and information on the park.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
Click on a link to find out more.
Stawell & Grampians Information Centre. (Open daily)
50-52 Western Highway. Stawell. 3380.
Ph: 03 5358 2314
Halls Gap Information Centre.
Grampians Rd. Halls Gap.
Dunkeld Information Centre. (Southern Grampians)
Glenelg Hwy. Dunkeld.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Melbourne and the east
By road along the Western Hwy (8) to Ararat or Stawell and turn off
From Warrnambool and the south.
Take the Henty (from Portland), Glenelg or Hamilton Hwys to Dunkeld and enter the park from the south.
From Adelaide and the east.
Along the Dukes and Western Hwys from Adelaide to Horsham or from Mount Gambier, to Penola and take the Wimmera Highway to Horsham.
Enter the park from the west via Wartook.
There are small airports at Stawell and Ararat.
Coach or Rail from Melbourne and Adelaide
|© Copyright Peter W. Wilkins 2008|