From challenging yet breathtaking hikes leading to cascading waterfalls, to sampling mouth-watering produce and peppery red wine local to the region, there are experiences on offer sure to awaken the senses of every family member this winter in the Grampians.
So, why not start planning your next winter getaway to the region’s hidden gems with a little help from a local? Greg, from Grampians Olive Co, has shared his top recommendations to guide your journey.
Why visit the Grampians in June?
The Grampians is an absolute must in June. The start of winter makes for great walking, hiking and biking weather. It’s also a great time to catch spectacular sunrises and our thundering waterfalls are at their best after rainfall. Plus, despite the cold, our wonderful wildlife is still out and about in full force.
The winter months continue to herald in fresh, seasonal produce and now is the perfect time to sample locally grown delights from a number of farm gates and artisanal stores.
Grampians Olive Co has just finished harvest, so we recommend dropping by to take home freshly pressed, Australian made and owned, certified, organic, extra virgin olive oil – grown, pressed, and bottled on our olive grove that boasts an impressive 28,000 olive trees.
What should visitors TASTE when they’re in the Grampians?
First stop has to be our olive grove, Grampians Olive Co, where you can taste and purchase Australian made and owned, certified, organic, extra virgin olive oil. Our estate-grown, certified, organic olives hand-picked and cured with just Murray River salt, spring water and thyme are an absolute must try too.
Visitors can also discover our Raw Olive Grove Honey. This pure, cold extracted, Australian honey sourced from both hives on our grove and hives from the wider Grampians region, is a true taste sensation. While you’re there, be sure to stop and browse the artisan vinegars, dukkah and more.
As a local, I recommend a visit to some of my favourite wineries in the region. Best’s Wines Great Western, Grampians Estate, and Norton Estate are just a few of the picturesque wineries where you can sample some beautiful varietals or even take home a bottle or two as a memento from your Grampians trip.
Livefast Lifestyle Café and The Wander Inn are great spots for a meal and a coffee, or even a glass of locally produced wine. If you need to stock up on gourmet delights and basics for your travels, visit the Dunkeld General Store – you won’t be disappointed!
What should visitors SEE and DO when they’re in the Grampians?
A must for young families is a short walk to visit Ngamadjidj Shelter in Wartook Valley, an important Aboriginal Rock Art site. It provides a real insight into the Grampians’ cultural heritage.
Gulgurn Manja Shelter is another great one for families with little ones. Like Ngamadjidj, it’s also a fascinating Aboriginal Rock Art site accessed via an easy walk through the gorgeous Grampians scenery.
For a longer hike, you really can’t beat the Mt Stapylton (Gunigalg) loop. It promises an open forest, rocky outcrops, gullies, and the steep slope of Flat Rock. Plus, a breathtaking panorama of the Grampians awaits walkers up for the challenge.
Beehive Falls has earned itself a reputation as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Grampians and it doesn’t disappoint. Neither does Fish Falls, another go-to spot for those keen to see the splendour of cascading water.
Finally, do you have any hidden gems you’d like to share?
Western Grampians - encompassing Horsham, Wartook Valley and Wimmera Mallee - is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Some of my favourite spots include Djibalara (Asses Ears), Manja Shelter and Billimina Shelter.
A drive through Victoria Valley never disappoints either. Adventurers will be treated to views of mountain ranges, farmlands, and native plants. And, if you’re venturing further South, Budj Bim National Park and Byaduk Caves are also worth experiencing.