Magnificent mountain ranges, and a varying density of wildlife, native flowers and creek lines, the Grampians has an adventure waiting at every corner. Home to some of the most breathtaking views, the region is also rich in its wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites, food and wine just waiting for you to explore!
While the Shacky experience is all about discovering local gems for yourself, we thought we’d give you a hand with a small list of our personal favourites in the area!
Nature and Hikes
The Pinnacle Lookout
The Pinnacle lookout provides awe inspiring eastern views from one of the highest points in the Grampians National Park. The well sign-posted hike is a 5.5km round trip from the Wonderland carpark and requires a moderate level of fitness and agility, as it involves plenty of steps and rock hopping. The scenery and rock formations along the trail are stunning too, with a particularly impressive section named the Grand Canyon.
MacKenzie Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Victoria. Flowing year round, the falls sees water cascade over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge.
Truly a nature lover’s dream come true, The Balconies is home to spectacular rock formations and awe-inspiring views that are best experienced on a misty morning as the sun sets, or even as a star gazing platform on a clear night. The simple walk to The Balconies makes it the perfect location for all ages with its panoramic views of Victoria Valley and the surrounding ranges.
Right around the corner from the Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park is Lake Bellfield. This picturesque lake, built as a water catchment back in the early sixties, now provides visitors with a rich resource for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Note, powered watercraft aren’t permitted on the lake so the serenity is off the charts!
Aboriginal Culture and Art
Visit the National Park and Cultural Centre, and enter a world of Aboriginal art, culture and stories. There are many activities on hand for you to experience including art exhibitions, traditional dance, boomerang throwing and guided tours to ancient rock art sites.