Christmas Holidays in The Grampians

Grampians ChristmasChristmas Day is just a little over 9 weeks away! It’s not too late to plan a trip and take your family away from the city for the holidays and have a Bush Christmas in The Grampians!

There are still some self contained houses available between Christmas and New Year where you will be able to prepare a traditional lunch or a casual bbq in the great outdoors and enjoy some quality family time.

Search our website for availability or feel free to call us for help Ph 1800 994 960

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MacKenzie Falls Re Opening on the 20th September 2014 in The Grampians

Fantastic New in time for the School Holidays.

Parks Victoria staff will be opening MacKenzie Falls and some other areas late tomorrow afternoon.   MacKenzie Falls The Grampians

The following walks and roads will be opening late tomorrow afternoon: 

MacKenzie Falls Area

MacKenzie Falls Carpark

MacKenzie Falls walk (to the base)

Broken Falls walk

MacKenzie Falls Lookout walk

MacKenzie Falls River walk (base of Falls to Fish Falls)

 

Mt Stapylton Area

Mt Stapylton Walk from Mt Zero

Taipan Wall climbing area

Polhners Road

Olive Plantation Road

Please note that as a result of the January Fires, the MacKenzie Falls Site is still without power. PowerCor are currently working towards the replacement of multiple fire damage poles and associated infrastructure to get the power restored by the End of October 2014. Until Mains power is restored to the site, the treatment plant associated with the toilet block cannot operate. For this reason, Portable toilets have been provided for visitors until the permanent power supply is reinstated.

 

 

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Grampians Retreat Holiday House

Large holiday house in halls gap

Grampians Retreat Front House

We are excited to announce that the front house of Grampians Retreat has had a major internal renovation. After an incident last year that caused extensive damage, the house now looks brand new.

Timber floor boards are throughout the living areas, new carpet in the bedrooms, a modern and spacious kitchen has been installed as well as a new bathroom and a second toilet! The old furniture and window coverings have also been replaced with new ones. The peaceful surroundings and the views remain the same.

Both Grampians Retreat Houses are again available to book for a large family gathering or a group of friends wanting to catch up for a few days. All linen and towels are supplied and the cost for both houses is $560pn for up to 22 people (min 2 night stay applies).

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Grampians Bushfire Update – January 2014

20th January 2014 – HALLS GAP is open for Business!

Victorian CFA authorities have reported that Firefighters have contained the fire in the northern grampians that began after lighting strikes last Wednesday (15th January). An evacuation was ordered on Friday as the fire came close to the Halls Gap township and other surrounding towns. Thanks to a change in weather conditions and a change in wind direction, the fire turned back on itself and was able to be contained. Back burning is also being carried out to provide a complete containment line around the perimeter of the fire. Whilst there is still more work to be done, the threat has passed and it is once again safe to return.

The residents of Halls Gap have already returned and local businesses have re-opened. Visitors are now encouraged to return and support the local businesses such as the Halls Gap Bakery, Halls Gap Zoo, Livefast Cafe.

The National Park will also be re-opened today.

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Grampians and Halls Gap Attractions

Visiting the Grampians region is the ultimate getaway experience, with a myriad of beautiful outdoor attractions on offer for the whole family. Comprised of five sandstone mountain ranges, the Grampians region is a beautiful area with a rich history. There are many stunning attractions, including Halls Gap Zoo, Grampians Adventure Golf, Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre and Seppelt Winery to name a few.

Let’s start off with Halls Gap Zoo, which is a very popular tourist destination. Halls Gap Zoo is Victoria’s largest regional privately-owned zoo, with over 160 species of native & exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. Whether you spend the day enjoying an animal encounter, where you can hand feed a meerkat or play with Australia’s largest carnivorous mammal, the dingo, or take some time to make use of the BBQ and picnic are, the Halls Gap Zoo experience is one not to miss!

Head down to Grampians Adventure Golf for an afternoon of fun and entertainment! Set amongst 2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this is a fantastic family experience that is sure to impress. Grampians Adventure Golf is an 18-hole course themed around some popular aspects of the Grampians and includes to mini mountains and six waterfalls. This unique Adventure Golf course is the perfect family outing.

Another fantastic Grampians attraction is Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre, which can be found in the stunning Grampians National Park. Discover the Park’s exceptional environment and Aboriginal culture while you take in the mountains ranges, remarkable waterfalls, wildflowers, native animals and Aboriginal rock art spots. The experienced staff at Brambuk will help you to decide on the best attraction with the Grampians National Park to visit with the time you have available. For what to do, what to see and where to walk this is the place to come first!

If you have the chance to indulge in a winery tour, you must visit Seppelt Winery, which has been at the forefront of Australian winemaking for over 160 years. For a deliciously historical foray into winemaking, take the tour through the vineyards and world famous ‘drives’ (underground tunnels dug by miners for wine maturation). The Seppelt Winery is the perfect addition to your Grampians getaway.

After spending your time enjoying the many beautiful and entertaining attractions in the Grampians region, it’s as equally important to find the perfect place to hang your hat and rest your head at the end of the day. For Grampians accommodation and Halls Gap accommodation, a wide range of villas, cottages, houses, motels and cabins can viewed online at The Grampians Accommodation. So what are you waiting for? Book your accommodation and start your Grampians experience today!

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Looking for a holiday with a difference?

 

If you love the great outdoors and enjoy being active, a holiday in Victoria’s picturesque Grampians National Park could be the perfect destination for you and your family this summer.

Located just 3 hours away from the Melbourne CBD, getting to the Grampians is quick and easy, leaving you more time to enjoy your holiday. A short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city takes you to a place of magnificent natural beauty and wide open spaces that let you rejuvenate your body and mind.

Even if you don’t stay for long, the Grampians are great for short breaks or even just day trips. Here, you’re encouraged to take it easy and enjoy some time out from the pressures of every day life. If you’re a keen hiker or bushwalker, there are plenty of interesting and well maintained tracks you can explore, and they vary in difficulty.

You can explore the very popular Wonderland area, which sees thousands of visitors every year due to its close proximity to the town of Halls Gap. Enjoy an amazing view with your picnic lunch, relax by the river or seek out the many beautiful waterfalls that can be found in this region.

If you’re after something a little more challenging, head to the Southern Grampians, where amazing panoramic views are the reward for taking on the more difficult hikes. Visit Mount William – the highest peak in the national park – for breathtaking views and continue South to view some legendary Aboriginal rock art.

Visit the Grampians for a holiday with a difference, and let nature energise and invigorate your body and mind.

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School Holiday Activities in Halls Gap

BRAMBUK – THE NATIONAL PARK CULTURAL CENTRE
School Holiday Activities- Spring 2013

Like to try your hand at throwing a boomerang, learn the secrets of the Didgeridoo, taste some bush tucker or just learn more about the unique Grampians and its people?
If so, then make sure you visit Brambuk in Halls Gap these holidays and join in the fun!

Walk through the Native Gardens, See Wildlife, View Art, Learn the Dreamtime Creation Story.

The friendly staff also offer all the information you’ll need to make exploring the Grampians National Park a safe and rewarding experience;

Open 9am to 5pm Daily. For more Information and Bookings please call 5361 4000 or email: info@brambuk.com.au

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Romantic Grampians Getaway

We have loads of accommodation suggestions for a romantic break in Halls Gap with your partner. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Halls Gap and stay in luxury accommodation.

Just to name a few, see the list below and Call us on 1800 994 960 to make a booking.

The School House Villa

The Lodges Blue Wren and Kingfisher

Aztec Escape

Gang Gang Villas

Bush Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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McKenzie Falls Walk – Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park Update: Re-opening of MacKenzie River Walk between MacKenzie Falls and Zumsteins

Parks Victoria is proud to announce the opening of the MacKenzie River Walk between MacKenzie Falls and Zumsteins Picnic ground.  This project is one of the most significant achievements of the Grampians Flood Recovery Program and provides a wonderful new experience for visitors.

Closed in late 2005 due to visitor risk issues, this section of walking track was further affected by the 2006 bushfire. Plans were developed in 2010 to address the issues associated with the walking track, however the destruction of the footbridge at the base of MacKenzie Falls and additional damage sustained during the 2011 flood event provided an opportunity to re-assess options.

Contractors have now implemented the changes and completed the construction of new infrastructure and new walking track alignments to link MacKenzie Falls to Zumsteins Picnic Area for the first time in seven years. The new section of track provides an added dimension to the MacKenzie Falls experience to rival the Grand Canyon, Silent Street and Venus Baths.

Over the last six months, contractors and Parks Victoria staff have replaced the footbridges at Zumsteins and completed numerous realignments, repairs and upgrades to the entire walking track. Two new river crossings have also been constructed near the base of MacKenzie Falls.

Parks Victoria encourages visitors to complete the MacKenzie River Walk from Zumsteins Picnic Area as walking in this direction allows the wonderful features of the walk to slowly reveal themselves. It is also worth considering a car shuffle that leaves a vehicle at MacKenzie Falls Carpark.

While the restoration of Zumsteins Picnic Area continues, visitors are advised to park in the car park at the western end of the picnic area and following the directional signs. These signs will guide visitors across the MacKenzie River, past the three Pise Cottages and along a new section of walking track before linking with the original MacKenzie River Walk.

 

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Booking Accommodation in The Grampians

Call or email us 7 days a week to enquire about our Halls Gap Accommodation options. We have over 80 properties to choose from and we are happy to assist you to find the right accommodation for your needs. Ph 1800 994 960 or email info@grampiansvictoria.com.au

To check our current availability, use our ‘Grampians Accommodation Search‘ Function.

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