Treasures of the Grampians

Named for the National Park that defines the area, The Grampians is a region 260 kilometres west of Melbourne. Known as one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world and full of stunning natural beauty, it’s the perfect place to spend a weekend or longer exploring. There’s a lot to see and do here, and it all comes with delicious local produce and gorgeous scenery to enjoy.Here’s some recommendations that will make your visit extra special.

Grampians Helicopters

For a bird’s eye view of this beautiful part of the world, why not take a scenic helicopter flight? Enjoy all of the scenery you could want with none of the hiking you’d normally need to do. For the full experience, you can try the ‘Tastes of the Grampians’ tour – a five-hour jaunt with lots of stops. Visit an olive grove, wineries, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and more as you see the best of the Grampians in just a day.

Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre

No trip to the Grampians is complete without a visit here. Owned and operated by local Aboriginal people, this is the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Australia. Within its architecturally awarded walls, you will find multimedia exhibits, plenty of opportunity for interactive adventures and lots of innovative ways to learn more about the indigenous history and culture of the area. Learn about the traditional six seasons of the local area and about the rich indigenous culture that still permeates this region. There’s a bushfoods café where you can experience some of the special traditional foods of the region and take home some herbs and spices for your own culinary adventures, too.

Mackenzie Falls – Halls Gap

There are so many sights of natural beauty to enjoy in the Grampians, choosing just one to highlight is almost impossible – but the Mackenzie Falls are a strong contender. One of Victoria’s largest waterfalls, this absolutely stunning set of cascades is also one of the easier ones to get to – an easy, well-marked walk makes this an excursion the whole family can enjoy. In the meltwater season the falls swell and are at their most spectacular, but they are worth a look at any time of the year.