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Escape the city and embark on a family road trip, The Grampians Way

7 Jan. 2021

With a public holiday coming up, hit the open road and discover wide open spaces, spectacular waterfalls, pristine lakes and waterways, and fun and fascinating historical and wildlife experiences right here in Victoria’s majestic Grampians.

We’ve rounded up some of our best family-friendly experiences for your road tripping pleasure. Our recommendation: get planning quickly. Take a long weekend, if the last one is anything to go by, accommodation will book out fast.

We can’t wait to see you!

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Camping and caravanning

If you’ve not yet brought your ‘van to the Grampians what are you waiting for? Our region is spoilt for choice when it comes to holiday parks and caravan resorts, and you can even go bush on the Grampians Peak Trail. Plan your trip using this Caravan the Grampians Way guide, get on the road and go!

Whether you like to shack up in a caravan, tent or cabin, we highly recommend Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park for family-friendly accommodation and a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy watching kangaroos and cockatoos in their natural habitat, the backdrop of the Grampians National Park, an outdoor wood-fire heated pool and access to Lake Bellfield, perfect for kayaking and fishing.

Also high on the list for family road trip accommodation is Big4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park. An easy three hours’ drive from Melbourne, it’s only moments away from serene waterfalls, bushwalking tracks and Halls Gap town centre where there’s heaps for the family to enjoy.

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Touring routes

The Grampians Way self-driving tour circumnavigates the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and takes in some of the charming towns, local producers, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and panoramic lookouts the Grampians is renowned for. This is a great, well-rounded road trip, stacked with eye-widening wonders and devoid of long stretches of driving - about four hours of cumulative driving.

We’ve curated road trip itineraries for every taste. Maybe you’re after foodie indulgence, some easy walks with the kids, big adventure or cultural education? Choose your own adventure!

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Best places to take the kids

· At Halls Gap Zoo you can have close encounters with a number of cute and cuddly creatures.

· Visit Silverband Falls to watch the clear, fresh waterfall fast down the mountainside into the creek below.

· The iconic and spectacular MacKenzie Falls is a must-do for all Grampians visitors.

· Lake Fyans is the perfect spot to relax, swim and play on the soft sandy beach.

· An easy stroll from the centre of Halls Gap, Venus Baths is the perfect place to splash around.

· Take a ride on the wild side with Grampians Horse Riding Centre.

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· Boroka Lookout provides panoramic views over Halls Gap and the Grampians’ east.

· Reeds Lookout & The Balconies: Stunning views from the carpark and an easy stroll to unique rock formations.

· Grab a famous Coolas Icecream cone.

· The Grampians is bursting with adventure activities for all ages and Absolute Outdoors will be your guides.

· Enjoy a hearty meal and a family-friendly atmosphere where the kids can roam free in the wide-open spaces at Halls Gap Hotel or Flame Brothers Restaurant & Bar.

Celebrate the warm weather and make memories this summer – 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.