Nestled in the heart of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park lies Halls Gap, a delightful small village renowned for being a great base for a wide range of activities. One of Victoria’s most popular and most impressive natural attractions, the Grampians cover 167,000 hectares, consisting of soaring peaks, lush and rugged bushland, several large lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Nature lovers are enticed by the unique native flora, delicate wildflowers, and inquisitive wildlife, including emus, wallabies, kangaroos, and many different species of birds. Adventure enthusiasts travel to Halls Gap from across the globe for the 4x4 driving, quad bike adventures, canoeing, abseiling, bushwalking, rock climbing, and cycling that the region has to offer. The fascinating Aboriginal history of the region is explored at Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre.
Walking tracks in and around Halls Gap
Venus Baths Loop
2.3km. Allow 1 hour.
An easy stroll starting in the center of Halls Gap follow the 2.3km track and cross over Stony Creek at the small bridge to the Botanic gardens. Take water and snacks and enjoy the peace and quiet. A walking track follows the river up to several deeper rock pools. The track is flat with no obstacles and makes for an enjoyable walk and great scenery for all ages.
During the warmer months the naturally formed rockpools, filled with fresh water, make Venus Baths the perfect place for visitors of all ages to splash around, have some fun and cool off.
2.4km. Allow 1 hour.
Best viewed after rain, Clematis Falls is an easy stroll from Halls Gap. Wind your way through tall open forest to find yourself at the foot of the falls. Visit in spring and enjoy the many variety of wildflowers and keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife such as kangaroos and emus. The convenient location and easy walking track make Clematis Falls a great destination for walking with children.
Grand Canyon Loop
Scramble through a magnificent gorge below towering rock walls on this short strenuous walk. Stop awhile and listen to the trickling stream and the echoes of nature. Climb out of the gorge onto the wide expanse of the rocky terraces while viewing spectacular wildflowers under the watchful gaze of curious Wallabies. This is a short walk but stairs are extremely steep at the end of the gorge, like ladders.
The Pinnacle Lookout
4.2km. Allow 2 hours.
The Pinnacle Lookout is one of the most spectacular vantage points in the Grampians National Park. There are multiple walking options to reach The Pinnacle, the easiest of which begins from the Sundial Carpark. If you decide to undertake one of the more challenging walks to reach The Pinnacle then you will be rewarded with numerous beautiful iconic attractions along the way, including Bridal Veil Falls, the Grand Canyon, Silent Street and more.
Bridal Veil Falls
2.7km. Allow 1 hour.
Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful seasonal waterfall located along the walk to the Pinnacle Lookout from the Wonderland Carpark. The walking track travels right beneath the waterfall, crossing a gorgeous shallow pond. A sloping cavity in the rock allows you to climb in behind the waterfall if you choose. Bridal Veil Falls is a seasonal waterfall and is best viewed after rains for water flow, and in spring for wildflowers.
Ararat Historic Town - suggestion
Former gold-mining town, Ararat, serves as a rural service community for the surrounding pastoral, wine and fruit growing districts. With the Grampians and Pyrenees Wine Regions on its doorstep, Ararat is the perfect base for wine and food lovers. Jump from cellar door to cellar door and taste gourmet local produce while admiring the changing landscapes as you get closer to Grampians National Park. Travel outside of town to the One Tree Hill Lookout to view panoramic views of Ararat or experience the darker side of Ararat and take a guided tour through J Ward, Ararat's Old Goal and Asylum for the Criminally Insane.