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Boys’ trip – the Grampians Way

19 Nov. 2020

Reel in fish from peaceful and secluded lakes, hike up Victoria’s most awe-inspiring mountain ranges, roar off the beaten tracks or camp under the stars - this is just a taste of what a boys’ trip to the Grampians might look like.

Take a short break and leave it all behind. From thrill-seeking adventure to a slightly more laid-back getaway; here’s our pick of experiences for a memorable boys’ weekend away – The Grampians Way.

Day 1: Local beverages, 4WD driving and fishing

Midday

Escape the everyday and discover a new perspective in the Grampians. The rugged mountain ranges, cosy country pubs, historical towns, and wide-open spaces will awaken your sense of adventure and create memories for a lifetime.

If you’re coming in from Melbourne, your first stop should be Great Western Hotel for a mean, classic pub feed. Drop into one of the cellar doors in the region including Best’s Wines, Seppelt Wines or Pomonal Estate to pick up elegant wines for your trip or to take home for loved ones.

Once you’re finished here settle into or set up your accommodation in Halls Gap, known to many as the beating heart of the Grampians, or one of our region’s other hamlets.

We suggest planning ahead of time and making an accommodation booking before you arrive. The Grampians is renowned for its excellent range of accommodation to suit all types, from camping, caravanning to luxury houses and glamping.

For the perfect pairing of hiking and sleeping out, don’t go past the Grampians Peaks Trail for camping options on the mountains. And if you’re looking for a camping adventure among native wildlife and peaceful bushlands, the Grampians National Park is the perfect place to set up. Take a look at Parks Victoria’s approved campgrounds for more information.

Late Afternoon

Setting up camp won’t take you long. Now it’s time to familiarise yourself with the Grampians, get out in nature and explore with a self-guided 4WD tour

There are plenty of opportunities to take the road less travelled and experience the more remote areas within the Grampians National Park. For the perfect introduction to four wheel driving in the Grampians download this brochure. This 4WD tour winds among spectacular mountain peaks and dramatic rock formations and features waterfalls, panoramic views and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.

Perhaps a 4WD adventure isn’t your thing, so instead visit one of many our pristine lakes and cast a line as the sun begins to descend behind the surrounding mountains. Popular fishing spots include; Lake Wartook, Green Lake Hill, or closer to Halls Gap you can enjoy the peace and quiet at Lake Bellfield.

Evening

To end your day, unwind and enjoy a beverage over a satisfying dinner. Each of the lakes are not too far away from a cosy restaurant or pub. From Lake Wartook drop in to the The Wander Inn. If you’re coming from Green Lake go to Baa 3400 and from Lake Bellfield make your way back into Halls Gap for a hearty local feed at the Kookaburra Hotel or Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co.

Day 2: Hiking and adventure

Morning

Before exploring the natural wonderlands, start your morning with excellent coffee and a delicious breakfast. We suggest Livefast Lifestyle Cafe in Halls Gap. While you’re in Halls Gap, take the time to get to know the locals and their unique stories by dropping into some of their stores such as Dot & Frankie.

Alternatively, you might like to hire an E-Bike to explore the town and its breathtaking landscapes.

Afternoon

The Grampians is famed worldwide for the vast and ancient Grampians National Park, a veritable playground for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The Northern Grampians is a great place for hiking and offers some of the most incredible natural attractions, from The Pinnacle, to Boroka Lookout and the famous Reeds Lookout and The Balconies.

If you and your mates are looking for something a little more thrill-seeking book a rock climbing and abseiling experience with Hangin’ Out, experience guided walks, canoeing, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, rock climbing, abseiling and mountain biking with Absolute Outdoors. Or take in the natural beauty of the Grampians from above with a scenic helicopter flight.

If cycling is more your style, you will discover a new world of riding in the Grampians. Pedal through fresh air and experience the most magnificent scenic bike tracks in the region starting with these hidden gems.

Evening

To finish your afternoon, reward yourselves with a relaxing local brew (or two) at Halls Gap Hotel. You could easily settle in here for a feast as you watch the sun go down from the balcony. Alternatively, head into the township of Halls Gap and sit down to delicious fare of smoked meats and burgers at Flame Brothers.

Day 3: Golfing and exploring

If you’re not in a hurry to return home, extend your journey and stop in Ararat.

A short drive from the township of Ararat is the Chalambar Golf and Bowls Club. Sculpted out of a natural bush setting with views across the Pyrenees Ranges and Mount Langi Ghiran, this spectacular 18-hole golf course offers stunning views and a tranquil serenity.

Before embarking on the journey home, have lunch at the club’s Chally’s Bar and Bistro over a celebrated locally crafted beer or wine. A perfect way to end your boys’ trip.

If you’re a group who share a love of the outdoors and great grub then take a road trip to discover endless possibilities - The Grampians Way.

Before visiting us, we recommend you review your travel plans in line with the latest safety guidelines: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert. And take a look at our guide to travelling the Grampians responsibly and safely.