There’s plenty to explore in the Grampians region
Beyond its most notable attraction of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, throughout the region lies a hidden world of local food and wine experiences, diverse farming areas, picturesque townships and rich history of days gone by.
Historical Ballarat, situated 115km from Melbourne, is the third largest city in Victoria with a population of just over 100,000.
Ballarat is the perfect blend of regional lifestyle, with increasingly metropolitan businesses, services and amenities. We have a bustling food and wine scene, ample shopping facilities, and convenient public transport around the city, and across regional Victoria and into Melbourne.
Lake Wendouree is a key attraction of Ballarat, offering multiple recreational activities to the community. The adjacent Ballarat Botanical Gardens is home to the annual Ballarat Begonia Festival.
Ballarat’s rich history is evident throughout town, in its historic old buildings, the Eureka Centre and the renowned Sovereign Hill tourist attraction.
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The picturesque river town of Dimboola is emerging as a cultural and arts destination and is often referred to as the ‘new Daylesford’ for providing alternative social lifestyle opportunities.
With a population of around 1,400 and located 334km north-west of Melbourne, it is also the gateway to Victoria’s iconic Little Desert National Park.
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A small quiet rural setting of around 1,000 residents, Edenhope is situated on the banks of Lake Wallace, 30km from the South Australian border and 394km from Melbourne (via Horsham).
The Lake has many amenities which makes it popular with residents and visitors alike. Surrounding the township, beyond the vast farming countryside lies a number of nature-based attractions including Lake Charlegrark, Minimay Swamp Wildlife Reserve, Lake Bringalbert and Dergholm State Park featuring the ancient granite Bailey’s Rocks.
Each year, Edenhope hosts ‘Henley on Lake Wallace’, a family festival held on the second weekend in February with activities that attract a crowd from across the region.
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Horsham – the ‘capital of the Wimmera’, with a population of around 16,000 – is located 310km west of Melbourne, 420 km east of Adelaide and in close proximity to Grampians National Park.
A western Victorian oasis, Horsham is central to a vast landscape of croplands and natural wilderness including the nearby Grampians mountain range. The Victorian wheatbelt capital is home to endless outdoor recreational activities from domestic sports to hiking, mountain climbing and fishing great lakes and rivers.
As a self-contained regional centre and rural city, Horsham provides all major services and expansive shopping opportunities from boutique retail stores to department stores such as Target, Bunnings and Kmart.
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The gateway to the Grampians National Park, Stawell is only 20 minutes from Halls Gap and 237km from Melbourne. Stawell boasts a rich past which is evident in the historic buildings that grace the town. It is also home to the famous Stawell Gift, held annually over the Easter weekend in all but five years since 1878.
With a population of 6,000, Stawell is ideally situated to take advantage of what nature has to offer in the Grampians region.
Just beyond the township is the Black Rock Scenic Reserve where you will find the Bunjil Shelter and the only known rock art painting of Bunjil – widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia. Also nearby is the Big Hill lookout for some of the best views over the Grampians. The area is also famed for being the centre of the outstanding Grampians wine regions.
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