Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.
A network of walking tracks throughout the park allows you to explore cascading waterfalls, brilliant spring wildflower displays, and panoramic views from lookouts.
Drive to Reeds and Boroka lookouts for spectacular views or visit the magnificent Fish Falls. The area has a rich Aboriginal heritage and a number of important rock art sites.
Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre
The key to gaining the most updated information for your holiday to the Grampians is to visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre. Here you can discover more about the parks fascinating natural and cultural landscape.
Chat to information staff about the many recreational opportunities available, visit the spectacular Gariwerd dreaming theatre, explore interpretive displays or relax in the bush tucker café. Cultural Rangers will be able to take you on a bush tucker walk or rock art tour, or you can try your hand at traditional Aboriginal painting methods.
Located just south of the Halls Gap township, the centre is open daily from 9am – 5pm except on Christmas day, or you can call (03) 5361 4000.
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The Grampians has two TrailRiders available for visitors and both of these chairs are fitted with electric motors to assist operators on steeper sections of track. Passengers must wear a helmet.
MacKenzie Falls Lookout Walk
The Bluff Lookout can be accessed via a gently undulating, sealed walking track that wanders through a sheltered woodland. It is suitable for wheelchairs.
The Bluff Lookout provides sweeping views of MacKenzie Falls and the MacKenzie River from high above the gorge. The lookout provides the only opportunity to capture the multiple cascades of the MacKenzie River as it flows through the gorge, including a wonderful view of MacKenzie Falls.
For the most spectacular view approach the viewing platform from the right-hand fork of the track.
Try this relatively easy walk to The Balconies, suitable for walkers of all abilities. In springtime, keep an eye out for native wildflowers and birdlife in the stringybark forest. Wander through native shrubs and plant life along the rocky path that leads up to the lookout, and then soak up the panoramic views of Victoria Valley and the surrounding ranges. Misty mornings and autumnal sunsets make for scenic photographic experiences at the top.
Distance: 1.9km return
Time: 40 minutes
Elevation change: 10 metres
Start: MacKenzie Falls Carpark
Great views overlooking the Victoria Valley. Follow the path around the gate and along the sealed road to the summit of Reeds Lookout. From this magnificent lookout you will receive breathtaking views over Victoria Valley, Victoria Range, Serra Range, Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range.
Great views can also be seen from the carpark.
Distance: 100m return.
Time: 10 minutes.
Elevation Change: 15 metres.
Grade: Easy / Medium.
Start: Reeds Lookout Carpark.
The track to Boroka Lookout from the car park is sealed, and is 100 metres return.
The view is highly recommended, and although there is a constant gradient, accessibility is good.
Access to toilets is via a sealed path with a short steep gradient.
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The TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair and Volunteer Sherpa service is free of charge however please book a week in advance.
To book the TrailRider please contact Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre on (03) 8427 2058.
To book a Volunteer Sherpa please contact the Volunteer Sherpa Coordinator on (03) 8427 3541 or email@example.com
Photo courtesy of Visit Victoria; Reed Lookout, The Balconies, Grampians National Park.