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Northern Grampians

Discover the North

The Grampians northern region is a great place for outdoor adventure and offers some of the most iconic natural attractions from The Pinnacle, to Boroka Lookout and the famous Reed Lookout and The Balconies.

Some of the prettiest towns and villages sit in the northern Grampians, each with their own unique attractions and atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, Halls Gap is a delightful small village and the area is renowned for spectacular hiking, stunning views and inquisitive wildlife. St Arnaud, settled in 1855 is a former gold mining town with a rich heritage and a feeling of nostalgic whimsy. The township of Stawell is a mere 20 minutes drive from Halls Gap and plays host to the annual Stawell Gift, Australia's richest foot race and first run in 1878.

There's a wealth of stories here too, with significant Aboriginal heritage sites, art galleries, and a rich wine-making history playing home to Great Western, in the heart of the Grampians Wine Region with some of the world's oldest vines. Discover vineyards, boutique wineries, great cellar doors, underground drives and the winemakers that, well, make it happen!

Enjoy a day out at the Halls Gap Zoo, Victoria's largest regional zoo, and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals. However you choose to explore the North, there's no shortage of great places to stay, eat and enjoy yourself.

Towns of the North

St Arnaud

More than just a pit stop destination en route to Mildura, St Arnaud is well worth lingering in a little while. Pull up a stool at one of the lively historic pubs, then work off your country pub meal with a wander through town.

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Great Western

Great Western is a quaint and charming township located on the Western Highway between Ararat and Stawell.

First settled in the 1840s by sheep graziers, Great Western rapidly developed through the discovery of gold and then the planting of grape vines.

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Halls Gap

Nestled in the heart of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, Halls Gap is a delightful small village with varied accommodation on offer and activities at your doorstep. The area is renowned for spectacular hiking, stunning views and inquisitive wildlife including kangaroos, emus, wallabies and birds.

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Only 20 minutes drive from Halls Gap, the historic gold mining town of Stawell is the closest major commercial centre to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park.

Stawell is famous for hosting the annual Stawell Gift, first run in 1878. Check out the track at Central Park from the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame which also showcases memorabilia of the most prestigious footrace in Australia.

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Northern Grampians Touring Route

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Country Plaza Halls Gap

The Country Plaza Halls Gap is set in the heart of the Grampians Halls Gap and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural landmarks in Victoria. The complex includes 51 rooms with an outdoor pool, gym, sauna, games room, playground and conference facilities and a fully licensed restaurant. At Darcy's Licensed Restaurant you can enjoy a great menu with meals which are served on a specially heated stone and delivered to your table, complemented by wines from regional wineries. Breakfast is also available daily in Darcy's Cafe, where you can indulge in a country style a-la-carte breakfast.

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