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Discover hidden lakes and waterfalls this summer in the Grampians

10 Dec 2021

Take the road less travelled this summer and be refreshed and inspired by the pristine lakes and majestic waterfalls dotted across the rugged Grampians region. Whether you’re looking for water- based activities, an enchanting picnic spot or a picturesque spot to set up camp, take inspiration from our list of secluded lakes and waterfalls ready to be explored this summer.

Taylors Lake

Taylors Lake

Taylors Lake 20km south-east of Horsham, is a spectacular haven during the summer with swimming, fishing, boating, skiing and camping permitted. After a long day of exploring the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, set up beside the tranquil waters and cool off in the calm lake before settling in with a sunset picnic. With access to ample parking, toilet facilities, boat ramps, camping grounds and nearby picnic facilities Taylors Lake is a memorable escape from the everyday.

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Green Lake

Situated only 10km from Horsham, Green Lake is a hidden oasis among the vast and rugged landscape of the Grampians. Visitors will discover endless possibilities, from water-skiing and windsurfing, to swimming, boating and fishing. Home to a number of bird species and wildflowers, Green Lake is a nature lovers paradise set to restore and rejuvenate the soul.

Beehive Falls

Beehive Falls

Enjoy a gentle, undulating walk to the picturesque Beehive Falls, which drop 25 metres into a sheltered rocky valley. With spectacular rock pools and cool fern gullies, take the time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity at these stunning falls this summer. Journey 30 minutes down the road and over the hill to one of Victoria’s largest olive groves, Grampians Olive Co. Settle in for a platter of local produce and shop dukkas, honey and farmgate exclusive seasonal preserves on your Grampians getaway.

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Wimmera River

The Wimmera River runs right through Horsham and is an excellent spot for nature lovers. Experience the serenity with a boating and fishing adventure or set up picnic along the shores under the shady red gums. If you’re feeling eager, take the time to walk along the 3.4km loop track along the river. Linger a little longer and camp overnight at the nearby Horseshoe Bend Campground or stay at Comfort Inn Capital – offering 4-star luxury accommodation, a range of dining options and a state-of-the-art aquatic park. With Horsham town centre only a stone’s throw away, enjoy a spot of shopping before dining at one of the lively cafes and restaurants.

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Lake Wartook

Less than an hour from Horsham lies Lake Wartook, the home of adventures water recreationists won’t want to miss. This serene lake is the perfect spot for a morning cast, a quiet kayak and a pleasant picnic against the backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. Refuel after a day of adventure at The Wander Inn, the perfect location to take a relaxing break.

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Zumsteins Picnic Ground & Mackenzie River Walk

Gather with loved ones in the peaceful setting of Zumsteins on the MacKenzie River, a stunning spot surrounded by bush and native animals where families have gathered for over one hundred years. Zumsteins is a place of historic ruin where you can explore where beekeeper Walter Zumstein played host to hundreds of holidaymakers in the 1930s. You can also stroll along the beautiful boardwalks, or to stretch the legs a bit further, take the MacKenzie Falls circuit.