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Visiting the Grampians this Easter? Here's what to do

31 Mar 2023

Make this Easter a memorable one with a trip to the Grampians. Scenic day-hikes, cascading waterfalls, animal encounters, live music and award-winning wines are just a few of the experiences visitors can enjoy.

Don’t let the long weekend pass you by. Read our round-up of the best activities in the region below and start planning your egg-stra special Easter in the Grampians.

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Self-guided hikes

Step out and explore the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park’s natural beauty with a day-hike. With more than 150 trails to choose from, Gariwerd has a walk for all ages and abilities.

The Pinnacle Lookout is one of the highlights of the Grampians region. There are three trails to choose from, each varying in duration and difficulty - one is the walk from Sundial Car Park which takes you on a 2.1km walk to the lookout.

The Balconies and Reed Lookout are also iconic locations near Halls Gap. An easy 2km walk apart, both lookouts provide beautiful views of the Victoria Valley and surrounding ranges.

Other family-friendly options include Horsham to Wimmera River trail, an easy stroll beginning at the Post Office in the town centre, or one of the many paths through the Dunkeld Arboretum, where you’ll be treated to views of Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon) amongst giant red gums, pristine lakes, native birdlife and even a labyrinth!

For more day-hikes, read our full guide here.

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Visit a waterfall

Experience peace and tranquillity amongst our region’s pristine waterfalls. Navigate the road from Halls Gap to discover Migunang wirab (MacKenzie Falls) one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Victoria .

Remain in the Northern Grampians to see Beehive Falls, renowned as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Grampians. You can also catch Splitters Falls and Silverband Falls within a short drive from Halls Gap. Before visiting, check out our guide to the best waterfalls in the Grampians and be sure to visit Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap before heading off. Have a chat with the friendly Parks Victoria team to ascertain whether these waterfalls are flowing as this can be dependent upon recent rainfall.

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Animal encounters at Halls Gap Zoo

You won’t find any Easter bunnies at Halls Gap Zoo but you will find over 120 species of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Marvel at cheetahs, giraffes, meerkats, monkeys, red pandas, bison, Tasmanian devils, wombats, crocodiles, dingoes and more. Level-up your visit with an up-close-and-personal animal encounter. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences allow visitors to get up close to pandas, giraffes and more. Minimum age limits apply to the Animal Encounters so be sure to check these before turning up at the zoo with the kids.

Salingers Cafe Burger

Indulge in delicious food

One of the greatest perks of the Grampians is the amazing food. Local restaurants and eateries hero fresh ingredients, serving up dishes that are bursting with incredible flavour. Book in for an Easter brunch at Salingers Café in Great Western, a local favourite for delicious coffee and meals.

In Halls Gap, get your taste buds tingling at Spirit of Punjab Indian Restaurant. With over 90 dishes of authentic Indian cuisine, there’s plenty for you and your family to choose from. Just down the road you’ll also find Flame Brothers Restaurant and Bar. If Texas-style smokehouse meats and juicy burgers are your thing, this is the place for you.

For pub-style dining you can’t beat Kookaburra Hotel. Soak up the crisp autumn air and stunning views from their courtyard beer garden.

Grampians Helicopter Tours

Take off on a scenic Helicopter Tour

Witness the beauty of the Grampians from above. Award-winning Grampians Helicopters offer scenic flights over some of the region’s most spectacular locations, including Stawell Goldfields, Boroka Lookout, Lake Wartook, The Pinnacle, Lake Bellfield, Duwul (Mt William) and Migunang wirab (MacKenzie Falls).

The pilots will offer commentary throughout the flight and share insights into the region’s rich history. All flights leave from Stawell Airport, located a short drive from Halls Gap.

Wine glass

Sip local wine

If there’s one reason to visit the Grampians this Easter, it’s our stunning wine region. Home to some of the world’s oldest vines, the Grampians has been producing quality wine for more than 150 years.

First stop is Great Western where you can sample Sparkling Shiraz at Grampians Estate and Seppelt Wines - Great Western. Journey to Moyston and enjoy a glass at award-winning boutique winery, Clayfield Wines. Appointments are essential so please call 0429 433759.

Visit Mount Langi Ghiran for an afternoon of delicious wine and breathtaking mountain views, or head to Miners Ridge cellar door for a tasting and ‘Walk and Talk’ around the vineyards with the owners

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Hit a round or two of golf

Celebrate the Easter long weekend by gathering the family for some friendly competition. Grampians Adventure Golf is nestled in the heart of Halls Gap and offers an exciting 18-hole course surrounded by landscaped gardens and bushland. Afterwards, recharge with a coffee and a bite to eat at Adventure Café Bar.

Pro golfers will love the natural bush landscape of Grampians Golf Club. Just a short drive from Dunkeld, the course boasts challenging terrain with breathtaking panoramic views. The perfect way to enjoy some sun over the long weekend.

Moyston Easter Sunday Market

Moyston Easter Sunday Market

Set in the picturesque foothills of the Grampians, explore a variety of treasures at the Moyston Easter Market. Uncover homemade and home-grown goodies, with arts and crafts by local artists and a selection of preloved items. There will also be an all-day barbecue, live music, vintage car displays, an Easter Egg Trail and Long Kick competitions.

Where: Moyston Oval

When: Saturday 8 April

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

More information: Available here

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Easter Weekend at Best’s Wines

Best’s Wines will celebrate Easter with live local music, delicious food and, of course, wine. Best’s Wines will offer a single tasting experience which incorporates wines from across all their ranges. Bookings for the Long Weekend Tastings are essential ($5 per person). We also recommend booking a table if you’re visiting with a large group to avoid missing out.

Where: Best’s Wines, Great Western

When: Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April

Time: Tastings 10:00m – 5:00pm, live music 12:00pm – 4:00pm

More information: Available here