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A photographer’s guide to capturing the Grampians’ inspiring landscapes.

18 Feb 2021

Majestic mountains, rugged peaks and ancient landscapes. Our region is home to some of the most stunning views in Victoria. Whether you’re a budding or professional photographer, the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park is a paradise to explore and capture striking scenes.

Well known landscape photographer, Mitch Green visited our region to capture its spectacular beauty. Read his guide below, as he shares some helpful tips and favourite spots for snapping a picture-perfect scene.

The Grampians Mt Abrupt Summit

Mt Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug)

Mount Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug) Walk is a steep track that winds its way through bushland and up sandstone rocks to the summit rewarding hikers with a spectacular view from the top. Allow 90 minutes for the hike to the summit. However, the views from 60 minutes in are just as special with Mt Signal to the north visible above the horizon (as opposed to looking down on Mt Signal from the very summit). For those feeling particularly adventurous, make the hike before sunrise to experience golden rays shining in from the east.

The Grampians Victoria The Balconies Telephoto

The Balconies

The unusual rock formations that stick out of the mountain make this spot particularly unique. Use a telephoto lens to isolate the ridges and formations to the south of the lookout. I’ve only visited The Balconies on sunset, with the golden light striking the slopes, but it would also be quite special on a summer sunrise with the sun rising to the south-east behind the serrated peaks.

Grampains Victoria Sunset Reed Lookout

Reed Lookout

West of the iconic Balconies is Reed Lookout—a great, easy-access sunset location. Explore the surrounding area for rocks and trees that might help to frame your image. This particular vantage point is best viewed on sunset, however late in the day the wind often rushes up the slopes so be sure your tripod is securely placed to avoid any camera movement between shots.

The Grampians Victoria Boroka Lookout

Boroka Lookout

Like Reed Lookout, Boroka Lookout is a great, easy-access location. While a wide-angle lens may be the go-to for sweeping vistas, consider a telephoto to capture a unique perspective by focusing on a particular summit or rock formation. And because it’s easy-access, look to experience the scene as the light changes throughout the day. This image was taken in the mid-afternoon about two hours before sunset.

The Grampians Victoria The Pinnacle Sunset

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle Walk takes you over striking rock formations and down through narrow canyons, presenting you with grand easterly views overlooking Halls Gap and beyond. While the sunrise view from the main lookout is great, it’s the rock formations just before the Pinnacle Lookout that continue to catch my eye as a photographer. It’s a cracking plateau to explore for astrophotography under the stars. Arrive early to scope around the rocks and consider how a wide-angle lens could help to frame the scene and emphasise the formations.

Helpful pointers from Mitch Green

  • Stay at least three days to fully experience what the Grampians has on offer.
  • Safety and comfort first! You’ll need sturdy hiking shoes, a full bottle of water, and a quality backpack that offers good support. Many of the best vantage points are a decent hike over tree roots and up steep rocks—solid shoes are a must.
  • Be sure to examine the satellite overview and explore street-view/360-degree photos to scope out the lay of the land and start to plan compositions and angles before you arrive.
  • If you’re shooting at sunrise and sunset (or even astrophotography at night), a tripod is a must to help in low-light.
  • The Grampians is known for its ever-changing and unpredictable weather – so pack a raincoat. In terms of photography these volatile conditions often make for dramatic images. Do some research on the weather and browse Google Maps for the perfect location before you go.
  • Go get out there!

All photography featured in this blog was taken by Mitch Green; you can find his complete guide here.

When visiting our lookouts be sure to be safe by staying behind barriers and following directional signage.