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Grampians in Autumn

31 Mar. 2022

Autumn is the perfect time to explore the outdoors. With stunning scenery, mouthwatering food and wine and fascinating history, the Grampians is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday.

Make sure you follow our guide to make the most of autumn in the Grampians.

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Wineries

With 150 years of history, the Grampians wine region is home to some of the world’s oldest vines and some of Australia's best wines. Autumn in the Grampians brings new colour and texture to our wineries. The vines are filled with ripened grapes for harvesting. Vineyards are ablaze with the vibrant shades of orange and red.

For special occasions, check out the modern cellar door at Mount Langi Ghiran, or drop by Mountainside Wines, a family-owned and operated vineyard specialising in Nebbiolo, Viognier and Shiraz.

To delve deep into the rich history of the Grampians wine region, visit Great Western for wineries and vineyards dating back to the mid-1800s.

Grampians Peaks Trail

Grampians Peaks Trail Day Walks

Enjoy stunning views of our ancient landscape from the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) featuring a range of day-hikes, including Mount Stapylton (Gunigalg), Lake Wartook, the lower waterfalls of Gar (Mount Difficult) and Signal Peak.

Varying in distance and difficulty, the Grampians Peaks Trail hikes offer incredible opportunities to experience the heritage-listed National Park that’s home to native wildlife and more than 800 species of indigenous plants.

Cycling

Cycling

Head out on one of the Grampians’ many remarkable bike trails and take in the spectacular views from two wheels.

Challenge your legs by peddling up to the Boroka Lookout Loop Road Ride to see the incredible scenery of the Halls Gap region.

The Silo Art Trail Road Ride is another great adventure for bike and art lovers, with the trail taking in one of Australia’s largest outdoor art galleries stretching more than 200km from start to finish.

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Events

Make the most of the warm days by immersing yourself in all the Grampians has to offer with its autumn events.

To get a taste of all the best parts of the Great Vic, the Little Vic is a wonderful 4-day ride, kicking off on Thursday 31 March. With impressive riding, charming towns, and of course good company, the ride is perfect for soaking up the glory of the Grampians in autumn.

For the perfect weekend getaway, the Grampians Grape Escape festival returns from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May in Halls Gap. Highlighting the best of Western Victoria’s producers and makers, this iconic food, wine and music festival has more than 100 stalls to indulge your senses. With exhibitor masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, live music and entertaining guest chefs, you will be spoilt for choice.

Landscapes

Dramatic landscapes

For nature and animal lovers, take the time to discover the breathtaking landscapes across the Grampians. Explore Indigenous rock art, vibrant wildflowers, rugged mountains and majestic waterfalls, while encountering the diverse wildlife.

Your bucket list should include MacKenzie Falls (Mikunung wira), Victoria’s largest waterfall which flows all-year round, and Mount William (Duwil), the highest point in the Grampians perfect for witnessing the sunset over mountain range and open plain views.

The Grampians (Gariwerd) is pivotal to the Indigenous peoples of south-western Victoria with 80% of Victoria’s rock art sites located in the region. The Bunjil Shelter near Stawell is one of six cultural sites that visitors can discover.

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Accommodation

To make your stay in the Grampians unique, the ‘Shacky’ tiny house accommodation nestled in bushland is perfect for daily walks and stargazing through a canopy of ancient trees.

For larger gatherings, The Shearers’ Quarters is a beautiful eight-bedroom country farm stay based on Mount William Station. Once used as a home for shearers and workers in the 1860’s, its history and the endless activities in the surrounding region make it the perfect explorer’s base.

Tom Wills Memorial

Footy history

In autumn the Grampians region is the perfect travel destination for Australian Rules footy fans with the sport birthed in Moyston. Visitors can view the monument of the sport’s co-founder Thomas Wills, the captain of Melbourne Football Club in 1859.