The Grampians offers some of the best wine and local produce in Australia. Take some time away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sophisticated flavours of our local wineries and cellar doors, cosy cafes and award-winning restaurants.
If you’re coming in from Melbourne, your first stop should be Salinger’s Café in the renowned wine and food village of Great Western for a humble feast of seasonal delights. Once you’re finished here, stop at one (or both) neighbouring wineries; Best’s Great Western, Grampians Estate and Seppelt Wines. With picturesque backdrops of vineyards and mountain ranges, you’ll be in for a remarkable winery experience. Taste your way through award-winning wines while learning from the locals and listening to the historic stories of the region. Remember to assign someone as designated driver! Alternatively, relax, unwind, and make the most of our wineries with one of our wine tour leaders. Grampians Wine Tours offers full day or half day local winery tours 7 days a week.
Your journey into Halls Gap will leave you breathless. As you wind through the rugged mountain ranges, take in the breathtaking landscapes on offer. Instantly, you’ll leave your worries behind as the vast surrounds of the region bring a sense of calm.
Before checking in to your accommodation, journey to Reed Lookout and The Balconies, only a 20 minute drive from the centre of Halls Gap. From the summit of Reed Lookout, you will be inspired by spectacular views over the Victoria, Serra and Mount Difficult Ranges.
If you and your girlfriends are up for a little more adventure and inspiring scenery, take a leisurely 2 kilometre hike from Reed Lookout car park to The Balconies lookout. The unrivalled panoramic views of Victoria Valley and surrounding ranges are a truly unforgettable experience.
Another option if you’re looking to reconnect with nature is MacKenzie Falls. A 10 minute drive will lead you to a variety of trails, some longer and more adventurous than others. We suggest taking a short leisurely walk to the lookout point overlooking the majestic MacKenzie Falls, an extraordinary place to stop, listen and find peace from within.
For an experience like no other, alter your itinerary a little and visit these lookouts at sundown. On a clear evening they offer some of the most enchanting sunsets you’ll ever see. Pack a cheese board and watch the sun descend over the Valley around 5.00pm in the winter or 7.00pm in summer.
Make your way back into town and settle into your accommodation. We suggest planning ahead of time and making an accommodation booking before you arrive. In the Grampians there are accommodation styles to suit every taste and budget. If you and your girlfriends are looking for a country retreat set in native bushland, rest and unwind at Grampians Pioneer Cottages. For deluxe self-contained accommodation check out Hemley House. A luxurious, elegant and contemporary stay awaits at DULC; or if glamping has been on your girls’ trip bucket list, then look no further than Lakeside Glamping – think cosy safari tents, starry night skies, a wood fire heated pool overlooking the valley, and hundreds of curious kangaroos right at your doorstep.
To end your day of exploration, unwind and enjoy al fresco dining with views of the dramatic peaks from the sweeping verandah at the Halls Gap Hotel or Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co.