Julian Kingma
Halls GapA bushwalkers paradise. Towering craggy peaks and mountains, sparkling lakes and creeks surround Halls Gap, making it the perfect place to relax and base yourself as you explore the Grampians
Base yourself in the heart of Victoria's Grampians National Park at Halls Gap and choose between a relaxing getaway or wilderness adventures. Set at the foot of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges, Halls Gap boasts an array of local stores, galleries and yoga retreats, as well as companies offering adventure activities and tours. Set up camp in the wild or settle into your luxury eco-cabin and soak up the stunning bushland scenery. The MacKenzie Falls and Beehive Falls are both a short drive away from Halls Gap, and the nearby Bellfield, Lonsdale, Fyans and Wartook Lakes offer opportunities for canoeing, fishing and birdwatching. Rock climbing and abseiling opportunities abound in the Grampians National Park, as well as four-wheel driving, horse riding and quad biking adventures. Explore the many walking tracks around town. With a total of over 160 kilometres of routes to choose from, you're bound to find one that appeals. For sweeping views of Western Victoria, walk up to The Pinnacle and for a family-friendly climb, follow the track from the Sundial Carpark to the Pinnacle via Devil's Gap. See Australian native animals and birdlife while out on the trail, or visit the Halls Gap Zoo where you'll find over 130 species of native and exotic animals, from kangaroos and koalas to crocodiles, snakes and dingoes. Gariwerd is the traditional name for the Grampians, and Brambuk - the National Park and Cultural Centre is the perfect starting point for learning about the local indigenous culture. Discover ancient oven mounds, scatterings of stone left over from tool making, rock art sites and the beliefs handed down from one generation to the next. Take a guided tour from Halls Gap to the Aboriginal rock art shelters that are open to the public. Time your visit to catch the Grampians Jazz Festival in February, the Grampians Grape Escape in May, or the annual Run The Gap event, also in May. Halls Gap is 262 kilometres north-west of Melbourne on the Western Highway.
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