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The Best Places to Catch a Grampians Sunrise

7 Feb 2024

The Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park is a place of ancient beauty, and the first light of dawn that graces its landscape is truly enchanting. As autumn approaches, it's the perfect time to explore and immerse yourself in this iconic destination. If you're looking to experience the Grampians in a new light, here are some top spots where you can witness a breathtaking sunrise.


Chatauqua Peak

Embark on the popular hike to Chatauqua Peak for panoramic views over Halls Gap. As the sun rises, watch in awe as its golden rays illuminate the clouds, mountains, and bushlands below. Located conveniently near the heart of Halls Gap, this moderately difficult hike involves a bit of rock scrambling towards the end, but the rewarding vistas make it well worth the effort. The entire loop takes about 2.5 hours, so be sure to start early to catch the Grampians' sunrise – and keep your eyes out for wildlife as dawn breaks.

After your hike, why not continue the adventure with a visit to Halls Gap Zoo, or unwind at one of the charming holiday houses offered close by such as Heath House, Hemley House, Grampians Under the Stars, or Serenity accommodation.

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Boroka Lookout

If you're eager to witness a Grampians sunrise but prefer not to hike or like to sleep in, then Boroka Lookout is the ideal destination for you. Boroka Lookout offers the most accessible sunrise views in the region, just a short stroll from the Boroka Lookout Carpark. With its 360-degree vistas encompassing Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield, and the Wonderland and Mt William (Duwil) mountain ranges, a sunrise from Boroka Lookout promises to be unforgettable. Keep in mind that this spot is popular among sunrise enthusiasts, so we recommend arriving early to secure a prime vantage point.

After your sunrise experience, consider basing yourself at BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park for a memorable Grampians adventure. This family-friendly park offers an array of activities to keep the kids entertained, including the Bear Grylls Survival Academy's SHIPWRECKED program, launching 1 May. And when it's time to refuel after a day of exploration, head to Halls Gap Hotel for a delicious and satisfying meal.

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Dunkeld Arboretum

Immerse yourself in a truly captivating Grampians sunrise experience at Dunkeld Arboretum, offering a refreshing change from the lofty peaks. Here, you'll witness the sun ascend from a tranquil lakeside setting amidst a stunning array of trees as the vibrant hues of the sunrise reflect off the water, casting a mesmerising glow over nearby Mount Sturgeon (Wurgarri). A leisurely 15-minute walk from Dunkeld township, Dunkeld Arboretum provides the perfect backdrop for a serene sunrise excursion.

After your morning stroll, indulge in a luxurious feast at the Royal Mail Hotel’s prestigious hatted restaurant Wicken’s, nestled in the heart of Dunkeld. This prestigious establishment offers a renowned hatted restaurant and an unparalleled location. Before heading home, make a pit stop at Izzy’s cafe to replenish your energy with some delectable tasty supplies for the journey ahead.

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Pinnacle Lookout

Take in the expansive views over the Western Plains as you embark on one of two hiking routes to Pinnacle Lookout, each offering a unique adventure. For families and beginners, the route starting at Sundial Car Park is the perfect choice, taking approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. For those seeking a challenge, opt for the longer and more rugged route starting at Wonderland Car Park, which should take no more than 1.5 hours to complete.

After your sunrise hike, unwind and recharge at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, offering a range of experiences from family-friendly adventures to romantic escapes or solo retreats into nature. Alternatively, nature enthusiasts can head to Lake Fyans Holiday Park, ideal for fishing, kayaking, hiking, or simply relaxing by the water's edge. And for those travelling with furry companions, Breeze Holiday Park Halls Gap or Breeze Holiday Park Grampians both welcome pets for a memorable stay with your canine companion.

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For the more experienced hiker - Boronia Peak

Picture this: you're atop a mountain peak, the sun slowly painting the landscape in soft hues as it rises above the horizon. Boronia Peak offers a tranquil spot to witness this breathtaking sight, a hidden gem where you might have the mountain all to yourself. However, be prepared for a medium to difficult hike involving some rock scrambling, lasting two to three hours.

After the rewarding challenge, unwind at Pomonal Estate. Established in December 2017, it offers a unique blend of winery, microbrewery, and cider house experiences, just ten minutes from Halls Gap Town Centre. The Mt Cassel Villa at Pomonal Estate offers accommodation for six to eight guests, providing ample space and rejuvenation against the backdrop of the Grampians. Additionally, Pomonal Estate features six newly constructed luxury villas, including one- and two-bedroom options, along with one accessible villa.

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Whether you choose to embark on the popular hike to Chatauqua Peak for panoramic views, soak in the accessible sunrise vistas at Boroka Lookout, or immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience of Dunkeld Arboretum, each sunrise experience offers its own unique charm. If you’re wanting a guided experience with access to plenty of Grampians sunrise opportunities, consider joining one of the unforgettable walks offered by Grampians Peaks Walking Company, where you can explore the region with insider knowledge and an option for every adventurer. So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to greet the dawn amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Grampians.