Visit The Northern Grampians Victoria
The Northern Grampians region is known for its beautiful natural attractions, making it one of the best holiday destinations Victoria has to offer. Explore Victoria with a trip to one of the most iconic regions. If you enjoy picturesque hikes and gorgeous wineries, make sure to visit the Northern Grampians, Victoria. The region has a history of wine-making and is the home to some of the world’s oldest vines; the Grampians region is one of the best in Victoria.
The Northern Grampians is located in the Wimmera region of Victoria, one of the many picturesque places to visit in Victoria. The drive from Melbourne to Grampians takes about three hours, and it takes five hours to get from Adelaide to Grampians. If you’re going from Ballarat to the Grampians, the drive will take about an hour and a half.
The Northern Grampians Shire includes the towns Halls Gap, St Arnaud, Stawell and Great Western. Victoria has so much to offer — read on to find out what makes each town unique.
Great Western, Victoria
If you are wondering what to do in the Grampians, this beautiful wine village is a great place to start. Thanks to the beautiful scenery, Great Western offers some lovely natural exploration opportunities. Great Western, Victoria is located on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide. Great Western highway access is available from the A8 highway.
Great Western wine is not to be missed. Enjoy a glass of Great Western Shiraz while gazing over the sprawling vineyards. Make sure to also try Great Western champagne at one of the many wineries in the area.
For a uniquely historical experience, explore the underground wine cellars at Seppelt Great Western. Bests Winery is known for its historical slab huts and delicious wine. You cannot forget the local Great Western pub, which offers a good feed and friendly service.
If you can time your visit for the Great Western Races, you won’t be disappointed, however, you will arrive with the crowds. Great Western hosts the Great Western Races and the Great Western Rodeo, some of the most widely-anticipated races in the Grampians. Australia is home to some exciting horse races, and Great Western is a great place to experience them.
There are lots of great choices for Great Western accommodation including the Great Western Hotel, a cosy Airbnb (see below for our recommendations), the Great Western Motel or find yourself a great spot to pitch your tent for a fantastic outdoor Grampians experience.
Viewpoint Cottage – This cosy little cottage is located on a 20 acre property located in the heart of the Grampians region. Just 1.5 kilometres from the centre of town, this Airbnb is within walking distance of Seppelts Winery. Great Western is home to some fantastic wineries, so make the most of them with an Airbnb right at the centre of the action. With an open plan living and dining room and a separate bedroom, this cottage is perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway.
Kiki’s Farmhouse – This farmhouse offers a quiet and secluded way to enjoy the Grampians. The picturesque duplex is located on a hill that overlooks the Black Range Mountain. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee in the outdoor seating area while you watch sheep and chickens roam the paddock.
Steel Cutters Cottage – If you’re planning a trip with your family, go with this cosy pet friendly accommodation. Great Western has some amazing wineries, cafes and pubs, and this property is within walking distance of many of them. Take a stroll over to one of the amazing restaurants Grampians has to offer. Planning to visit during the winter and enjoy the snow in the Grampians? This property is perfect for a cold-weather holiday, thanks to its open fireplace, heaters and electric blankets.
Halls Gap, Grampians
If you’re a lover of the outdoors, don’t miss out on Halls Gap. The Grampians’ best spot for hiking, canoeing and fishing, Halls Gap is located directly within Grampians National Park. Visit Halls Gap if you’re looking to explore one of the best National Parks Victoria. Grampians is the place for you and it has some of the best walks Grampians have to offer.
Halls Gap offers all sorts of outdoor experiences, making it perfect for a family trip to the Northern Grampians. Hike through the park and explore all the incredible waterfalls Grampians has to offer. Northern Grampians walks are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and one of the most popular places to visit in Victoria.
Halls Gap is the perfect place to try abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, quad bikes or 4WD. Grampians offer you all sorts of outdoor activities in front of a gorgeous backdrop. If you want a heart-pumping experience, you can find it in the Northern Grampians. Zoo-lovers rejoice: the Halls Gap Zoo is home to over 160 animals including cheetahs, giraffes and meerkats.
Halls Gap is the perfect place to see and learn about Aboriginal rock art. The Grampians National Park has the most Aboriginal rock art in the whole state. You can learn about the history of the people of Gariwerd at the Brambuk Cultural Centre.
Complete your day by visiting one of the great cafes, bars or restaurants. The Halls Gap Hotel is on the outskirts of town and you can access it by the walk/bike path easily from town. Paper Scissors Rock Brewery is fantastically located in the centre of Halls Gap, they serve great beer and food. Live Fast offers a fabulous range of meals to suit all dietary requirements and do a mean breakfast; also your go-to for good coffee. Coolas Ice-creamy is hard to walk past, in fact some would say you can’t go to Halls Gap without getting an ice-cream!
Options for Halls Gap accommodation in the Grampians range from free camping in the Grampians National Park, motels, log cabins through to luxurious accommodation. There are a range of caravan parks in Halls Gap to choose from – Halls Gap Caravan Park, Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, BIG 4 Halls Gap Holiday Park. If you’re looking for more traditional Halls Gap accommodation, read on for a list of Airbnb’s to see the best cabins Halls Gap has to offer.
Enjoy a tree change at The Escarpment – This cosy sunlit property backs directly onto the Grampians National Park. It’s perfect for a family getaway, thanks to the large enclosed deck and the highchair and cot available for young kids. You’ll have plenty of private space in this secluded home, but you’re only a 15 minute walk away from the Halls Gap village.
Hemley House, luxury in the heart of Halls Gap – This luxurious property is perfect for a relaxing getaway for the whole family. Take in the gorgeous views in the heated Jacuzzi, and enjoy a glass of wine on the porch while you watch the sun go down. This home has a spacious open-plan interior, and sleeps up to eight guests.
Halls Gap ‘Bush Lodge’ Retreat – If you’re looking for a secluded and comfortable retreat, this Grampians Hotel is for you. This tranquil home has king sized beds in all the rooms, and the bathroom boasts a double spa. Two kilometres away from the Halls Gap Village, this property allows you easy access to the town while still having your own space. This property also provides pet friendly accommodation — Halls Gap awaits your furry friend!
Glamping Couples Retreat – The adventurous, outdoorsy couple needs to look into Glamping in the Grampians. Spend all day enjoying the outdoors, and then come back to relax in a luxurious bell tent. Each tent has a queen bed, private deck, and a small fridge, kettle, toaster and fan. This comfortable retreat is a great way to experience luxury camping in the Grampians.
St Arnaud, Victoria
St Arnaud is a small and lively town known for its historic pubs and beautiful gardens. When you visit the Grampians, don’t miss out on this picturesque town. Located en route to Mildura, it takes about an hour to drive from St Arnaud to Bendigo. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Pebble Church — it’s actually made of pebbles! Drive to St Arnaud Range National Park to explore some of the best Grampians walks.
There are many different options for St Arnaud accommodation. If you’re travelling with a caravan, you can stay at the St Arnaud Caravan Park. For a budget-friendly accommodation option, consider the St Arnaud Motel or Country Road Motel. Our Airbnb recommendations are below to consider for your trip.
The Old Convent – For a once in a lifetime holiday, spend a night in this former convent. This space sleeps over 16 guests, making it perfect for a family reunion or multi-family getaway. The property includes two sitting rooms, a large ballroom, a disco room, a billiard room and a chapel.
Historic Old Post Office Apartment – Take a step back in time at this 150 year old post office. The building has been renovated into two apartments, and boasts a beautiful garden and private backyard. Enjoy all the things to do in the Grampians and then return home to your cosy home right in the centre of the action.
Stawell is a historic gold mining town located 20 minutes away from Halls Gap. It takes about two and a half hours to drive from Melbourne to Stawell. Stawell is the closest major centre to Grampians National Park. If you’re looking for a mix between city living and outdoor adventuring, Stawell is one of the best places to visit in the Grampians. Visit the Big Hill lookout for views of the Black Range and the Grampians National Park.
There are plenty of things to do in Stawell. Explore the town’s historic gold rush architecture, and visit the Stawell gold mine, the largest gold mining operation in Victoria. The town hosts the annual Stawell Gift, Australia’s oldest and richest short-distance running race. If you happen to visit the Northern Grampians over Easter weekend, you won’t want to miss it.
Make sure to also check out the fantastic restaurants in Stawell. Enjoy a steak at Goldfields Restaurant Stawell, or look over the scenic lake at Magdala Motor Lodge. In terms of accommodation, Stawell has a host of options available. Stawell Caravan Park provides budget accommodation just a short drive away from the city centre. The Stawell Motel is another good budget-friendly option. For Stawell Airbnb options, have a look at these recommended properties.
Stawell Miners Cottage – This cottage is a perfectly secluded Stawell accommodation. The wood fire stove, Persian rugs and original artwork give this cottage a cosy feel. It’s the perfect choice for a warm and rustic Grampians stay.
Stawell home with a view Sunset Heights – This home is located in the heart of town, in walking distance to all the stores and cafes you need. Wake up to beautiful views and enjoy some lingering Grampians walks from the vantage point of this comfortable Stawell home.
Papillon – This home is perfect if you’re looking for pet friendly accommodation. Stawell is a beautiful town, and this Airbnb is located right in the centre of the action. This historic home was built in the 1870s, and features high ceilings and large spaces. It can fit up to eight guests, making it perfect for a family trip.