7 things to do in the Grampians:
Looking for things to do in The Grampians? You’re in for an absolute treat! The Grampians National Park is one of Victoria’s most magnificent locations, full of wonder, grandeur and jaw dropping vistas.
Here’s your adventure hit list:
- Glamp at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park
- Hike to the Pinnacle lookout
- Walk from Zumsteins to MacKenzie Falls
- Explore MacKenzie Falls
- Watch the sunset from the Balconies
- Go fishing in Lake Bellfield
- Learn to abseil & rock climb
You’ll need a minimum of 48 hours to even scratch the surface of this majestic adventure playground, so at least two nights is recommended. For quick access to the things listed below, stay/camp in or near Halls Gap, a beautiful town tucked away at the base of the Grampians.
1. GLAMP AT HALLS GAP LAKESIDE TOURIST PARK
Located just out of Halls Gap, this picturesque campground offers one of the best glamping experiences in Victoria. Their luxury Bell Tents and the larger Safari Tents are pitched in the most sought after locations and decked out with all our creature comforts, including a ready-made queen bed. Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park is also home to dozens of Emu, Kangaroos, cockatoos, a heated swimming pool and… the best coffee in Halls Gap. Need we say more? If you’re up for treating yourself, check it out.
2. HIKE TO THE PINNACLE LOOKOUT
The Pinnacle lookout provides awe inspiring eastern views from one of the highest points in the Grampians National Park. The well sign-posted hike is a 5.5km round trip from the Wonderland carpark and requires a moderate level of fitness and agility, as it involves plenty of steps and rock hoping. The scenery and rock formations along the trail are stunning too, with a particularly impressive section named the Grand Canyon. If you’re up for a challenge, strap on a headlamp and time your run for sunrise!
3. WALK FROM ZUMSTEINS TO MACKENZIE FALLS
This stunning 7km return bushwalk starts at the historic Zumsteins picnic area and runs alongside the MacKenzie River right up to your turnaround point, the stunning MacKenzie Falls. En-route you’ll also discover the impressive Fish Falls, a large cascading waterfall that’s relatively unknown in the Grampians. Take a picnic for the 3 hour hike, and if exploring during the warmer months, take your bathers. There are loads of pools that will lure you in for a swim. Tip: Only keen for one way? Take two cars up and leave one at the MacKenzie Falls carpark before heading down to Zumpsteins picnic area.
4. EXPLORE MACKENZIE FALLS
You can make the 3.5km hike up from Zumsteins or take the short walk (< 1 km) down from the Mackenzie Falls carpark… either way, you’re going to be stoked! This magnificent waterfall is one of Victoria’s largest, flows year round and inspires you to spend an hour or so exploring – there’s plenty to see above and below the falls too. Unfortunately they’ve banned swimming here, but venture down stream a way and you’ll find a good pool soon enough. Tip: It can get super packed, so get up here early in the morn or late in the evening. It takes around 25 mins to drive up from Halls Gap.
5. WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE BALCONIES
The Balconies are our #1 must-see destination in The Grampians National Park, as the rock formations and awe-inspiring views are simply incredible. Best experienced on a misty morning, as the sun sets or even as a star gazing platform on a clear night. The less you know about this place the better (for the wow factor), just know that it needs to be top of your adventure list. From Reed Lookout, The Balconies are an easy 1.1 km walk away. Tip: Heading up for sunset? Remember a torch so you can make your way back!
6. GO FISHING IN LAKE BELLFIELD
Just a few kms north of Halls Gap, and right above Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park is Lake Bellfield. This awesome lake, built as a water catchment back in the early sixties, now provides visitors with an epic resource for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Note, powered watercraft aren’t permitted on the lake so the serenity is off the charts. You’ll be chasing mostly brown trout, redfin and blackfish, so do your homework before heading up, and don’t forget your fishing license (buy online here).
7. TRY ABSEILING & ROCK CLIMBING
Last but certainly not least on the adventure hit list is an experience that will get the blood pumping. The awesome crew at Hangin’ Out in the Grampians can take you and a group of mates to some of the best abseiling and rock climbing destinations in Australia. These guys cater to all levels and ages, so get involved, it’s unreal! Need more inspiration? Read all about our experience rock climbing in the grampians.
So there you have it, 7 must-do adventures you need to experience in The Grampians National Park. This area really is an explorers playground, so get up here and make the most of what’s on offer – no doubt some of the most epic spots in Australia!
HOW TO GET TO HALLS GAP IN THE GRAMPIANS
Your starting point, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, is just over 3 hours drive north west of Melbourne. Use a GPS or Google maps and you shouldn’t have a problem finding it, as you can still get mobile phone reception.
Looking for more adventure activities near Melbourne? Check out our favourite bushwalks that take you through some of the best spots in VIC.